Weaving 201: Colorwork

techniques for managing color in warp and weft

This course focuses on the know-how it takes to manage multiple colors in warp and weft. It is jam-packed with useful information that will help you design, warp, and weave with confidence.

Focusing on the "work" part of colorwork, we start with design and peel away the fundamental elements of colorwork, including how to read charts, tips for choosing color, identifying repeats, choices for laying out stripes, and how fabric density affects the look of your cloth. 

Then it is on to warping, where the spotlight is solely on the direct warping method using a single heddle. I'll introduce you to two techniques that will help you tackle a multitude of multicolored warps including a favorite of weavers, color-and-weave. 

In the weaving chapter, I'll introduce a host of techniques that will help you transition between colors with ease, manage multiple shuttles, and troubleshoot common issues associated with colorwork. 

The five towel patterns included with the course are designed so you can explore colorwork in a low-risk environment using easy-to-find yarns, and they can be woven to mix and match as a set. I've offered a list of yarn substitutions if you would like to gussy up your towels by using cotton/linen blends, organic, or naturally-colored cottons. There is also a bonus scarf pattern that is easily adaptable to any of the patterns presented in the course.

Give your color confidence a boost and sign up today! 



Tools: Rigid-heddle loom with at least a 15-inch weaving width, 8-dent rigid-heddle reed, and multiple shuttles

Yarn: Worsted-weight cotton (792 - 840 yds/lb) and 8/2 unmercerized cotton (3,360 yd/lb) 


Tools: Rigid-heddle loom with at least an 8-inch weaving width, 10-dent rigid-heddle reed, and two shuttles

Yarn: sport-weight wool (1,028 yd/lb)

Course Curriculum

What's included?

39 Videos
5 Texts
Liz Gipson
Liz Gipson

About the instructor

Yarn is a big part of who I am—growing it, spinning it, and then making it do tricks, particularly the over/under kind (i.e. weaving). Passing this love on to newcomers is what makes my heart happy. I spend my days weaving, writing about weaving, teaching others to weave, and enjoying this thing called life.

I host Yarnworker, a site for rigid-heddle know-how and inspirations. I dream-up, films, edit, and hosts the courses myself from my home in central, New Mexico. To learn more about me and the Yarnworker community, visit yarnworker.com


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What others have been saying about this course:

Kathy Walker

I learned a lot!

This a great class! Liz explains things very well and it's easy to understand what she is talking about. I wouldn't hesitate to take another class from her and would recommend this to others.

Lea Redman

Great course!

I have been teaching myself to weave, mostly from You Tube and books. This is the first of Liz's courses I have taken. I learned so much. There were little tidbits (like putting your yarn into plastic containers so that they don't roll around o...

Heather Pacheco

Packed with tips for working with color in warps and wefts

This course is packed with tips for working with multiple colors in warps and wefts. Liz demonstrates multiple approaches and covers the pros and cons of each approach so that you can apply them to future warps. Plus there are a ton of project pat...

Jill Carrick

Great Job Liz!

This class is packed with helpful hints and ideas to make your colorwork so much more approachable. Liz is so conversant in all the areas that people might trip up and she addresses issues with technical solutions and a sense of humor which makes...

Michele Watson

SO worth it!

I have been weaving for a few years and have tried a few color and weave patterns. Liz's Colorwork course helped me put it all together and better understand how to achieve different effects and manage my yarns. I wish I had had this instruction s...