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Designing Shadow Weave: Create Your Own Dazzling Patterns in Simple Cloth Video Download

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Access more than 140 video courses (including this one) with a Long Thread Media All Access subscription, bringing you up close to experts in spinning, weaving, needleworking, felting, and dyeing. View Designing Shadow Weave: Create Your Own Dazzling Patterns in Simple Cloth on our streaming platform.

Learn how to design your own shadow-weave drafts!

In this second installment in the shadow-weave series, award-winning weaver and teacher Jannie Taylor gives you the knowledge and tools to design in shadow weave, even for 4-shaft looms.

Master five fundamental design principles and watch as Jannie demonstrates the process from start to finish. Ideal for advanced beginners and any weaver who wants to learn how to design shadow-weave projects successfully.

In this video, you'll learn how to:

  • Create shadow-weave designs based on twill runs, profile drafts, or a combination
  • Choose color values to create attractive patterns 
  • Use color combinations to enhance shadow-weave effects  
  • Mix yarns to add interest and depth to your fabrics 
  • Adapt your designs for different yarns and uses  

With more than two hours of instruction, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to design your own eye-catching patterns. The included workbook and WIFs make it easy to follow along, and soon you will be creating your own shadow-weave designs. Get ready to explore the next level of shadow weave with instructor Jannie Taylor!

Included in the Video Download:

  • 127 minutes of detailed instructional video 
  • Course workbook for reference
  • 20+ WIFs and matching drafts and drawdowns

Video Chapters:

  • Introduction
  • A Quick Review
  • Scale of the Design
  • Breaking the Rules
  • Playing with Color
  • Shadowing Other Weaves
  • Freeform Design
  • The Value of Value
  • Drafting for Color
  • Ready, Set, Design!

Equipment and Materials: 

  • For the video, you'll want a printed copy of the provided workbook
  • To weave shadow weave, you'll need at least a 4-shaft loom and basic weaving equipment 
  • Optional: Weaving software

NOTE: The companion video in this series, Introduction to Shadow Weave covers the basics of how to create a shadow-weave draft using the Mary Atwater method of drafting shadow weave. If you are new to this technique or are not “fluent” in the language of Atwater shadow weave, we recommend that you start with the first video.

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.”

Running time: 127 minutes

Instructor: Jannie Taylor