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Choosing colors for a project can be one of the most enjoyable or one of the most stressful parts of weaving. The right colors can make the cloth sing, while the wrong ones can waste a lot of work and yarn. Watch master weaver and teacher Deb Essen share her approaches, tools and tips for creating “happy, successful” weaving projects through the best color choices.

You’ll love this if:

  • You have an undeniable passion for color in your weaving.
  • You want to learn how structure, sett, and yarn size affect our perception of color in the cloth.
  • You’re ready to break out of your personal color rut.

Order Color in Weaving to:

  • Learn how to use simple tools to identify value and contrast, as well as how to choose the best color combinations.
  • Watch and learn to anticipate how color combinations will work so you can get the effect you want in your next project.
  • Discover which colors will most effectively sell your handwoven products.

About the Author:

At 9 years old, Deb Essen watched a weaver perform “magic” on a loom for the first time. Enticed by that memory, she finally took her first weaving class in 1993, and she’s been exploring weaving ever since. In 2004, Deb achieved the Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Level 1 from the Handweavers Guild of America. In addition to running her business, dje handwovens, creating and designing kits for handweavers, Deb teaches at conferences and guilds, nationally and internationally.


A very helpful course

“This is a course that I will return to more than once. Deb Essen explains colours and weaves so clearly that it is a very enjoyable as well as informative course. Inspirational.” - Fiona Cumming


“Fabulous insight with concrete, clear explanations. Highly recommend. ” - Tessa Melancon Eggers

Color Theory Plus Great Technical Weaving Tips

“Instructor used samples to show the different ways that color is affected by weave structure and proximity to other colors. Very useful. The demonstration of floating selvedges and bound weave at the end were an unexpected bonus.” - Jane Abbott