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Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild

Tien Chiu, Expert Weaver and Color Ninja

  • 10 Jul 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Virtual

Tien Chiu, Expert Weaver and Color Ninja. Her work has been exhibited in museums and featured on the cover of Handwoven.  She is obsessed with color, and has woven hundreds of swatches and dyed over 2,500 yarn samples in a quest to understand color in weaving.  She teaches online courses about color in weaving.  In addition to her color work, she is the author of Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work, a book about the creative process in craft. She is a former President of the Board at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Her handwoven wedding dress is part of the permanent collection at The Henry Ford Museum.  Chiu will talk to us about why people often find color in weaving to be so complicated that it feels downright mystical. But it’s not. Color in weaving follows rules, and once you understand the underlying rules, you can design beautiful work.  Painted warps are beautiful. But they can be difficult to design with. Painted-warp colors can change radically when woven, depending on your weft yarn colors and your choice of design. This program explains the basics of how color works in weaving and then covers how to choose weft, weave structure, and sett to showcase the colors of your painted warp – either by preserving the original colors or by blending them with a carefully chosen weft color to bring out their beauty.     www.warpandweave.com

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