The thrill of color.

Do you have a nice stash of tapestry yarn but still feel like you can't get quite the color effects that you're looking for?

Do you struggle with bringing life and movement to your tapestry designs?

Using tapestry techniques to blend color is an important characteristic of tapestry weaving. This course addresses using techniques such as hatching, hachure, and pick and pick to create optical effects. In it we also play with blending colors in the weft bundle to create the illusion of transparency or create new colors from the optical effects of color mixing.

These techniques are specific to the medium of tapestry weaving. Yarn colors do not blend like colors of paint or dye and due to the weft-faced structure of tapestry, color mixing is also different than in other forms of weaving where the warp shows.

This course teaches different techniques you can use to blend your yarns to create the effects you see in your mind's eye. 

It is divided into these six parts:

  1. Color Theory Basics and Weft Yarns for Tapestry
  2. Irregular Hatching
  3. Hachure
  4. Transparency Effects
  5. Pick and pick
  6. Vertical Gradations
I started a new tapestry yesterday and I used the gradation technique you teach in your online class.
What a difference in my gradations!
I really appreciate all the work I know it has taken for you to put together these classes.
It has certainly helped me take my work to the next level.
— Regina Dale of Howling Wolf Herbs

How did this program come about?

Color wheel sample for a Color Gradation workshop

Color wheel sample for a Color Gradation workshop

I teach a lot of in-person workshops and I love meeting students face-to-face. But I found that students would go home and have further questions, get discouraged, and the loom would end up in a closet until the next workshop six or twelve months later.

As I watched tapestry students come to my workshops with the work on the loom from whatever the last workshop they took was, I realized there had to be a better way to learn tapestry weaving.

I wanted to create a learning environment more like what I experienced as James Koehler's apprentice... one that extended over a good chunk of time with consistent feedback and the ability to ask questions at any time. 

Using color gradation in tapestry is one of my specialties. I teach a workshop on this subject but I always wish for more time to explore the material more carefully. This online course gives us the time to do that.

 

What does Color Gradation Techniques include?

  • Printable PDF handouts with exercise instructions, diagrams for the techniques, photographic examples, and design ideas to try.
  • Extensive video teaching. All techniques are demonstrated, often in a couple different ways.
  • The ability to ask questions on every page of the platform about anything in the course. I will reply within 24 hours!
  • Troubleshooting: videos and handouts explain common problems you might encounter and demonstrate how to fix or avoid them.
  • Discussion with fellow students all over the world helps clarify potential problems and solutions as well and share more general understanding of tapestry practice. 
  • Continued bonus material throughout the class created by me in response to your particular questions. 
  • Feedback: the opportunity to submit photos of your progress and perhaps problems as you have them.
  • From your photos I am also able to give you feedback on something you may not see as a problem yet and show you how to fix it before it becomes obvious and frustrating. And most importantly, you will get feedback about what you are doing that is successful. (This feature not included in the Self-Directed version.)
  • Invitation to a secret Facebook group where students in the program and those who have graduated can continue to connect over a virtual cup of tea. This is completely optional and not connected to the course in any way.
  • Any-time access to the material. The content will be available for as long as I am teaching online.
Patricia Jordan, orange color gradation with jump-over technique

Patricia Jordan, orange color gradation with jump-over technique

WHO THIS COURSE IS FOR

  • people who have a basic understanding of how tapestry weaving works 
  • anyone who wants to increase their knowledge about ways to move and grade color using yarn in tapestry technique
  • people who have a commitment to practicing their weaving
  • people who benefit from a structured outline of learning activities to achieve their own unique outcomes
  • people who want to give themselves the gift of time to advance their tapestry skills

WHO THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR

  • absolute beginners. If you've never woven tapestry before, please consider my course, Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry first.
  • people who don't have the necessary technical specifications to access the course (see section below)
  • people who don't appreciate my silly sense of humor. It comes out in the videos, though primarily in the outtakes at the end. If you can't put up with my upbeat, cheerful humor, this course isn't for you. THIS video has an outtake at the end that is an example of this silliness.
  • anyone who doesn't want me to give them feedback. My job is to teach, and I will do it. HOWEVER, I do offer the course in a self-directed version and this may well be the right option for you. (Hint: the feedback on individual submissions is private.)
  • anyone looking for a comprehensive color theory course. This course is a techniques course aimed at learning how to move color around. It does include some color theory, but is not a comprehensive review.
  • professional tapestry weavers. If you've been weaving for decades and are a master of this medium, this course will be too rudimentary for you.

Debra Brown, transparency exercise from Albers' Interaction of Color

Debra Brown, transparency exercise from Albers' Interaction of Color

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your positive feedback. When you are self-taught, feedback is hard to come by. Most of the skills I have acquired have been self-taught so it is hard to know what has merit and what doesn’t. I believe in fine craftsmanship and work hard to achieve that goal. Your feedback gives me confidence. Thank you so much!
— Susan Love, CT

Technical specifications

This course is hosted in an online platform called Pathwright. It is designed as a linear path that steps you through the learning process one piece at a time. There is an overall menu that you can return to at any time to skip backwards or forwards as necessary.

It is largely video-based. If you pay for your internet services by the gigabyte, this course is not for you (unless you don't mind paying). If you are able to view standard YouTube videos, you will be fine.

This course does work on iPads and is compatible with Mac or PC. It is also mostly mobile responsive.

Browsers: Google Chrome is the recommended browser for Pathwright, however Mozilla Firefox and Safari also work well. Please update your browser to the most current version for the best viewing experience.


Oh my gosh Rebecca ... I can’t thank you enough for having the vision, the talent, the knowledge and the love of tapestry to share with us all. You have created impeccable online courses to study the art of tapestry right from home.
Your way of presenting a rather complex art is easy, fun, and so rewarding. Thank you for being the one there in the internet world that I found ... I was searching and searching and there you were. Your blog inspires and your smile is precious!
I have fallen in love with Tapestry all over again!
— Donna Wynn of My Gentle Threads blog

Here are a few results you can expect from taking this course

Nancy Kramer, Color Gradation Techniques coursework

Nancy Kramer, Color Gradation Techniques coursework

  • understanding of the tapestry techniques most often used to move color horizontally and vertically
  • a basic introduction to color theory
  • discussion of different kinds of tapestry yarn and why you might want to use one over the other
  • examples from the work of tapestry weavers past and present to illustrate the concepts you are learning
  • increased confidence in your tapestry weaving skills
  • connections with new tapestry weavers all over the world and the opportunity to continue those interactions after the course is over
  • encouragement and a framework within which to practice!
 

How the course is presented and what it costs

There are three ways you can take the course:

  1. Complete course

    With this option you get all the material in one class. The course is divided into six parts, but they are all available to you immediately. You can work through it at your own pace and I will meet you wherever you are in the curriculum for teaching and troubleshooting. You also have the advantage of being able to skip ahead to videos presented later in the course.

    The price is $375.
     
  2. Each part separately

    There are six parts in this course. You can take just the ones you're interested in. You will be able to ask me questions and submit work for feedback in the same way you would if you took the entire course. 

    Color Theory Basics and Weft Yarns for Tapestry: $39
    Irregular Hatching: $59
    Hachure: $79
    Transparency Effects: $99
    Pick and pick: $69
    Vertical Gradations: $89

  3. Self-directed

    This is the same information minus any interaction from me. You will not be able to submit photos of your work for feedback though I do love seeing completed pieces at the end of the course.

    The price is $250


Course Catalog and Content

You can visit my course catalog on the Pathwright platform and see a complete list of videos and steps included in each of the classes. This is also where you register for the course.

Here is a little summary of each part of the course.

  1. Color Theory Basics and Weft Yarns for Tapestry: A basic introduction to color theory and a discussion of weft yarns available for tapestry (Yarns from the USA, Sweden, Norway, UK, and Australia are featured).
  2. Irregular Hatching: We covered this in my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class. We go into more depth in this course including using hatching for shading and form creation.
  3. Hachure: This traditional tapestry technique was used a great deal in historic European tapestries and is still used by many people today. This class also offers tips on how to make straight lines and shallow curves smoother and how to start to minimize steps in your work.
  4. Transparency Effects: This class talks about using regular hatching and weft bundling to create the illusion of transparency. Weft bundling is also an important concept for all color use in tapestry.
  5. Pick and pick: This fun technique was taught in Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry. In this class we take it farther and look at using pick and pick in shapes and for blending colors vertically.
  6. Vertical Gradation: This class will show you how to make smooth color shifts up your warp. We will also talk more about using value and hue in color grading and grading with stripes and demi-duite.

Thank you very much for your prompt action.
Your professionalism throughout all aspects of the courses that you’ve put together, as well as your artistry makes taking your courses rewarding and enjoyable; and underlines the value of your comments on submitted pieces.
— Sally Reckert

Refund Policy

I don't give refunds on this material. Please ask questions before you purchase. I believe in my courses and I think you will find that they are everything I and my current students say they are.

Please note: The only issues I have had with people wanting refunds were centered around internet access. I am serious when I say that you cannot do this course if you have dial up internet or if you pay for your internet by the GB (if you use a cell phone plan for instance, unless you are willing to pay for greatly increased data usage). Do not register for my courses if you don't have access to broadband. I will not give refunds for this or any other reason. 

 

What happens after I register?

As soon as you register you will receive an email from Pathwright with a link to the class. You can go to the Pathwright class platform and start your class. If that email goes to your spam folder and you can't find it, push any registration button on this page or go HERE. Click the Sign In button on the top navigation bar and once you enter the password you created when you paid for the class, you will see your courses.

 

I hope to meet you online soon!

All my best,

 

FAQ

Do I get access to the course forever?

Yes. My courses have any-time access. That means that as long as I am teaching online, which I hope will be for many more decades, your course will remain open for your reference and use. You can continue to ask questions as long as you'd like as long as they apply to course content.

Can I see the content of each section?

Yes. If you go to the course catalog on Pathwright HERE, you can click on each course and see a complete list of steps included in the course. The steps labeled WATCH are videos.

I can't picture how the course works. Can you give me a better understanding of what I will be doing?

The trailer video HERE as well as THIS video show you the Pathwright program and give you a good idea of what the activities in the course are like. Please contact me with further questions! I want you to be sure about this decision.

Does the class work on a set schedule?

No. The material for the entire class for which you are registered will be available from the first day. You may work through it as quickly or as slowly as you wish. 

What have students who have taken the class already said about it?

I have a long list of student reviews on THIS page of my website as well as multiple videos of their work.

I don't always like to do things the way the teacher presents it. Do I have to do things your way?

No. My goal is to provide you with a starting place to explore color-use techniques for your own work. I will encourage you to build your own tapestry practice and signature techniques throughout the course.

Do you offer a DVD version of the course? I live off the grid and don't have fast enough internet to stream video.

No. Right now this course is designed for this particular online format. That isn't to say I won't offer it on DVDs eventually, but it isn't available now.

I'd like more information!

You can visit my FAQ page for more answers to common questions.
And then please email me!