How to choose colors that stay bright in handwoven cloth

One of the challenges in weaving is brilliantly colored yarns that turn into a dull color when woven together. This can produce fascinating results…but very often, it’s not what you anticipated or wanted. If this is happening to you, how do you choose colors avoid getting “muddy” cloth? It turns out to be quite simple. […]

Tien’s Top 10 – Books on Color in Weaving

Looking for study resources? Here are Tien’s top ten books for studying color in weaving, visual design, and the design process. Color Theory Color and Fiber, by Patricia Lambert, Barbara Staepelare, and Mary G. Fry. The best book available about color in the fiber arts, it covers color theory extensively and discusses how each aspect […]

How to weave with handpainted yarns

Handpainted knitting yarns are SO tempting. You go to a yarn shop or knitting conference, and walls of luscious handpainted yarns leap out at you. Next thing you know, you’re clutching a receipt and bag full of gorgeous, colorful painted skeins. Can you weave with handpainted yarns? And WHAT can you weave with them? The […]


Pride frequently gets a bad “rap,” confused with arrogance. But it’s essential to a creative life.

What four prides will power up your weaving? Read on.

How to spice up “boring” handwoven cloth

Have you ever had a handwoven project turn out feeling boring – but you didn’t know how to fix it?

No problem – with just one or two changes in color, you can make things more exciting. Find out how.

Sampling: It’s not what you think

Swatch Composite

Few topics seem more divisive for weavers than sampling. Some people love weaving samples, others hate it.

But sampling isn’t just weaving swatches of cloth!

The power of “WHAT IF?”


What does the Handweaving Academy offer to weavers? What made us passionate enough to create it?

Read on to find out our “origin story”…