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. 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! 

YARN AND TOOL REQUIREMENTS

Towels

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) 

Scarf

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

  • 1

    Welcome

  • 2

    Fundamentals of Design

  • 3

    Warping Stripes

    • Set Up for Colorwork

    • Warping Stripes with Even Ends

    • Cut and Wrap Method: Slots

    • Alternative Threading Method: Slots

    • Cut and Wrap Method: Holes

    • Alternate Threading Method: Holes

    • Deciding What to Do When: Warping Plaids

  • 4

    Warping Color-and-Weave

    • Warping Log Cabin: Slots

    • Warping Log Cabin: Holes

    • Warping Houndstooth

    • Introduction to Color-and-Weave Gamp

    • Color-and-Weave Gamp: Threading Slots Part One

    • Color-and-Weave Gamp: Threading Slots Part Two

    • Color-and-Weave Gamp: Threading Holes

  • 5

    Next Steps in Warping Colorwork

    • Using Doubled Ends In Colorwork

    • Direct vs. Indirect Warping

  • 6

    General Weaving Techniques

    • Measuring Using Markers

    • Measuring Using a Guide

    • Bonus! Stay Stitching

  • 7

    Transitioning Between Colors

    • Introduction to Color Transitions

    • Tail Tuck + Beating to Square

    • Carrying Weft for Long Color Transitions

    • Ply-Split Join for Adding in Multiple Colors and Seamless Transitions

    • Quick Color Transitions for Color-and-Weave

    • Changing Color Sequencing for Color-and-Weave

  • 8

    Managing The Shed

    • Keeping a Tidy Shed

    • The Two Inch Rule Revisited

    • Putting Your Know-How to Work: Weaving the Gamp

  • 9

    Finishing Tips

    • Finishing Tips and Course Wrap Up

    • Hemming Handwovens

About the instructor

Liz Gipson

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

What others have been saying about this course:

5 star rating

Great course!

Lea Redman

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 littl...

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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 on the floor) and huge lightening strikes of useful info (such as all the warping techniques that I had not previously considered). And then, there was all that knowledge clearly presented about the way that colors work with one another. I am nearly finished with the last of my towels and, already, I am eyeing my yarn stash with an eye that has had the possibilities much expanded from what I saw before the course.

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5 star rating

I learned a lot!

Kathy Walker

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 a...

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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.

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5 star rating

Packed with tips for working with color in warps and wefts

Heather Pacheco

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 eac...

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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 patterns as part of the class. I am eagerly working through all of the projects. I had worked with colorwork prior to this class but I still learned a ton. I highly recommend this course.

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5 star rating

Great Job Liz!

Jill Carrick

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 ...

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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 the class a delight. I love that she shows herself in video making an "oops" mistake or getting off track and right back on so a beginning weaver can quickly see that you can recover from most weaving mistakes easily and that it's NOT scary! The class is well organized. The materials seem very thorough and easy to follow. I think Liz is a great teacher and her passion for weaving with a rigid heddle loom really come together for a great learning experience.

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SO worth it!

Michele Watson

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...

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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 sooner!! I love the short videos which makes it easy to go back and review just the part you need to watch again. Great course for a beginner or intermediate rigid heddle weaver.

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