Learn the Secrets to Designing Handwovens!
To be a “Designer” of handwovens, you don’t have to be able to draw, you don’t have to be “good” with color, and you don’t have to have years of experience or classes in an art school. You can start designing today with the March/April 2011 issue of Handwoven: “Designer Secrets.”
Four of our experts started with a color palette (Pantone’s 2011 Spring Fashion Forecast), creating projects in warp rep (Rosalie Neilson), a clever 4-shaft twill and basketweave (Robyn Spady), ply-splitting (Barbara Walker–no loom required!), and twill and plain weave using variegated yarns (Daryl Lancaster). You’ll be amazed at the different effects achieved with the same colors, depending on choices of weave structure and yarn.
And there’s more! Design secrets don’t stop when the cloth comes off the loom. Find out how to make incredible fabric textures (bubbles and bumps) by wet-finishing special yarns.
And still more! For those threads left behind on the loom when you rushed away with your perfect fabric? Well, you can make those into jewelry the way Robyn Spady does.