Design your own projects
with our hands-on curriculum, design tools,
and supportive community
Weaving is a beautifully complicated craft.
There are a million and one ways to design a piece of fabric, and a million and one ways to end up with muddy colors and a tangled mess.
Before, the only ways to learn were through books, videos, and solitary classes. And then it was just you, alone at the loom, struggling through problems you weren’t quite sure how to solve.
Our goal is to get you to the loom, designing and weaving your own projects with confidence.
Short courses all integrated within a larger picture
Live online events to connect with fellow weavers across the globe
Discussion forums for feedback on your designs and questions
Student galleries give unlimited inspiration and ideas for your next project
Our courses are built to be what you need, when you need it, all in a unique approach that makes it easy to learn and practice design.
Short, easily digestible classes are regularly added each month, with live teacher support.
Comprehensive curriculum supporting all aspects of weaving: color & fabric design, drafting, weave structure, technique, process, and more
Hands-on learning with projects you design and create, putting what you learn directly into practice
Discuss a specific class in a forum and show off your work in photo galleries
Each step of weaving creates more questions, threads to follow, and discoveries to be made.
Go on, try something new. We’ll be there to get you past any hurdle.
Weaving is more fun when you’re connected with others.
We’re the place to go to get inspiration, peer support,
and the tools needed to help move your designs forward.
Courses that teach you why, not just how, so you can easily integrate the concepts into your own projects
Trust projects you design will end up how you imagined through community support every step of the way
Gather constructive feedback in our carefully monitored culture of supportive problem- solving
We do so much more than offer top-quality courses at The Handweaving Academy—each and every course connects back to a larger curriculum, has class-specific forums, and photo galleries for members to show their work. Come join us!
Take our class
Getting Started with Design
and get full Academy access for 21 days!
No recurring charges
Besides a global community of weavers, you have us, Tien and Janet, in your corner.
My specialty is visual design and the design process. I’m particularly known for color in weaving – I’ve spent a decade studying it, weaving hundreds of swatches and dyeing over 2,500 samples to master the subject.
But what really gets me excited is teaching. I’ve taught over 15,000 students about color in weaving, and their excitement when they catch on and create something beautiful is the most wonderful thing I can imagine.
I’m a weaver, a teacher, a writer, and an editor. This combination is my superpower: I not only get this stuff, but I also explain it well and write about it clearly.
Over the last 23 years, I’ve taught over 18,000 students in my classes, in person and online.
I live for that instant when a student gets that “Aha!” look – when everything begins to “click” for the first time.