• On Demand

    This course is self-paced and is available immediately after you enroll.

  • Level: All

    This foundational course applies to all weavers and skill levels.

  • Free Preview Available

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All About Yarn

Your yarn choice can make or break a project; by the end of this workshop, you should be able to make informed choices that give you a satisfying weaving experience and fabulous finished cloth.

  • Learn about ply and yarn weight (thickness), and how it affects your finished cloth;
  • Discover how to identify those "mystery yarns" in your stash;
  • Control variegated yarns;
  • Decide whether or not a yarn is warp-worthy;
  • Use your knowledge of yarn structure and fiber to better plan projects;
  • Understand how finishing affects different fibers in the final cloth.

About Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely has been teaching handweaving for more than forty years. In addition to teaching, Tom weaves professionally and is a frequent contributor to Handwoven magazine. Voted Handwoven Teacher of the Year, Tom is renowned among his weaving students for his kindness, good humor, and seemingly infinite knowledge on the subject of weaving. He teaches at the beautiful Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania.



“This contains really helpful information that is clearly explained. It was great to see Tom’s examples and to gain understanding of thread classifications. I found it very encouraging and will try out some different thread combinations in my own weaving projects. Thank you.” - Fiona Cumming

Great Course!

“This course increased my understanding of thread composition and size considerably, and will help me be more creative in the future. And I have a new appreciation for weaving samples!” - Shari Brown Sweeney

Very Informative

“I enjoyed this so much! I am VERY new to this craft and loving it already. The videos that I watched were very informative and enjoyable to listen to and watch. I would love to attend Tom's classes and would if I were in PA. I hope to find someone in my area as knowledgeable as he is. He is a Great teacher!” - Barbra Moulder

Course curriculum

    1. Yarn Construction

    2. Yarn Construction: Key Points

    3. Plies & Twist

    1. Mystery Yarns

    2. Identifying Mystery Yarns: Key Points

    1. Warp & Weft Yarns

    1. Space-Dyed & Variegated Yarns

    1. Project Planning

    2. Project Planning: Key Points

About this course

  • $39.99
  • 15 lessons
  • 2 hours of video content