Discover the Magic of Shadow Weave 

Did you know you can weave stunning designs with as few as four shafts and four treadles, and never change your tie-up? Imagine weaving eye-catching patterns with any yarn, from wool and cotton to chenille, novelty, and glitz, and making cloth that’s suitable for any use, from clothing and accessories to hard-wearing towels and upholstery. Welcome to shadow weave, the fabric of your dreams.

In this video course, award-winning weaver and teacher Jannie Taylor introduces you to shadow weave, a type of color-and-weave design that gives you infinite patterning possibilities in even basic cloth. You’ll learn:

  • The basics of shadow-weave structure and pattern
  • The two types of shadow-weave design
  • How to choose colors to get the effects you want 
  • How to create new patterns at the loom with treadling variations
  • Tips and tricks for successful warping and weaving

The goal of this course is to help you gain a clear understanding of shadow weave through step-by-step instruction combined with guided practice. Many of the lessons include pencil-and-paper exercises to embed your new skills more firmly. 

Jannie's clear teaching style makes it all easy and fun, and her energy and enthusiasm are motivating. Jump in and explore the amazing possibilities of shadow weave cloth for your life and loom.

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Included in the Course:

  • 11 detailed instructional videos, totaling nearly 80 minutes of video
  • Course workbook 
  • Downloadable copies of the demo sheets shown during the video
  • 13 WIFs and matching drafts and drawdowns 


Jannie Taylor

Jannie Taylor lives in California and teaches advanced weaving classes at the AVL Weaving School. She also presents programs and workshops for guilds and conferences, including every Convergence from 2008 through 2022. When she's not teaching, Jannie enjoys designing and weaving one-of-a-kind items. On weaving, she says, “Sitting at my loom, throwing the shuttle and watching the amazing process of threads being interlaced into a textile that began as an idea in my head is still, after all these years, a joyful and amazing experience.”

Praise for This Course

Wonderful Instructor

“Her explanations were very clear and easy to follow. I gained a much better understanding of both shadow weave designs, Atwater vs Powell, after this course.” - Brenda Reimer

Introduction to Shadow Weave

“Very clearly explained and with an excellent accompanying handbook. I am inspired to try some shadow weave now.” - Dunja Roberts

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Welcome!

    • Meet Your Instructor

    • Getting Started and Course Materials

    • Course Workbook

    • Technical Support

  • 2


    • Introduction to Shadow Weave

    • Key Points

  • 3


    • History of Shadow Weave

    • Structure or Color-and-Weave Effect

    • Atwater, Powell, or Parallel?

    • Key Points

  • 4

    Understanding Drafts

    • Understanding Shadow-Weave Drafts

    • Threading on "Opposites"

    • "Block Pairs" on 4 and 8 Shafts

    • Profile to Threading Draft

    • Completed Profile to Threading Draft Exercise

    • Key Points

  • 5

    Changing Direction

    • Changing Direction in Shadow-Weave Drafts

    • Turning Points

    • Turning Points Practice

    • Completed Turning Points Practice Exercise

    • Key Points

  • 6


    • Shadow Weave Tie-Ups

    • Tie-Ups

    • Key Points

  • 7


    • Shadow Weave Treadling

    • Treadling "As Drawn In" from a Profile

    • Completed Treadling "As Drawn In" from a Profile Exercise

    • Key Points

  • 8

    Choosing Colors

    • Choosing Colors for Shadow-Weave Designs

    • Key points

  • 9

    Warping and Threading

    • Tips for Warping and Threading

    • Dressing the Loom & Weaving Tips

  • 10

    Weaving Tips

    • Tips for Weaving Shadow Weave

    • Interlocking 2 Wefts at the Selvedges

  • 11

    Exploring Variations

    • Variations in Treadling and Design

    • Treadling Tips and Ideas

  • 12

    Conclusion and More Possibilities

    • Review and More Possibilities!

    • Final Review: What Is Shadow Weave?

  • 13

    Bonus - WIFs and PDFs

    • About WIFS and Matching PDF Drafts and Drawdowns

    • WIFs

    • PDF Drafts and Drawdowns