Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Gorgeous Gradients!

    • Welcome to Gorgeous Gradients!

    • Meet Your Instructors

    • Course Start Survey

    • Course Syllabus

    • Course Calendar

    • Before we start: What to do before class begins

  • 2

    How the Course Works

    • Getting Help/Getting Your Questions Answered

    • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Printing Course Content

  • 3

    Project Specs and Resources

    • Project Overview

    • Choosing yarns and colors

    • Project Specs - At a Glance

    • Project Specs Calculations - For Those Who Want the Math

    • Project WIF files

    • Course Downloads

  • 4

    Webinars

    • Webinars

    • Intro to Zoom

    • Webinar Livestream

    • Quick and Dirty Webinar Recordings

    • 3 October 21 - How to use the Color Editor (Guest Teacher Dawn)

    • 6 October 21 - How to use the Gradient Editor (Guest Teacher Dawn)

    • 10 October 21 - Sunday Lecture Week #1

    • 11 October 21 - Color Editor/Gradient Editor Help - Q&A Session with Dawn

    • 13 October 21 - Wednesday Q&A #1

    • 14 October 21 - Color Editor/Gradient Editor Help - Q&A Session with Dawn

    • 17 October 21 - Sunday Lecture Week #2

    • 20 October 21 - Wednesday Q&A #2

    • 24 October 21 - Sunday Lecture Week #3

    • 27 October 21 - Wednesday Q&A #3

    • 31 October 21 - Sunday Lecture Week #4

    • 3 November 21 - Wednesday Q&A #4

  • 5

    The Color Editor

    • About the Color Editor

    • Using the Color Editor

    • Color Editor Manual (Downloadable/Printable PDF)

  • 6

    Welcome, Adventurer!

    • The story book opens....

    • Learning comes in layers

    • "Choose Your Own Adventure"

  • 7

    Setting Out: Gradient Concepts

    • What's a gradient?

    • How do you make a gradient?

    • Choose your Adventure: Gradient Styles

  • 8

    Adventure 1: Linear Gradients

    • Linear color gradients

    • Some ways to design with linear gradients

    • Creating linear gradients using the Color Editor

    • Exercise: Create a Linear Gradient

    • Exercise: Design Your Own Linear Gradients

    • Linear Gradients: What did you learn?

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    Adventure 2: Curved Gradients

    • Curved color gradients

    • Some ways to design with curved gradients

    • Creating curved gradients using the Color Editor

    • Try It: Curved Gradient

    • Exercise: Design Your Own Curved Gradients

    • Curved Gradients: What did you learn?

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    Adventure 3: Fibonacci Fade Gradients

    • Fibonacci fade

    • Some ways to design with Fibonacci gradients

    • Creating Fibonacci fade gradients using the Color Editor

    • Try It: Fibonacci Fade Gradient

    • Exercise: Design a multicolor Fibonacci fade

    • Exercise: Design a striped-gradient Fibonacci fade

    • Fibonacci fade gradients: What did you learn?

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    Adventure 4: Striped Gradients

    • Striped gradients

    • Some ways to design with striped gradients

    • Exercise: Design Your Own Striped Gradients with Marker Threads

    • Exercise: Design Your Own Striped Gradients using Alternating Thread Techniques

    • Striped gradients: What did you learn?

  • 12

    Choose Your Adventure: Plain Weave or Twill?

    • The Oracle Hints: How to choose your structure

    • Adventure A: Plain weave

    • Adventure B: 3/1 Twill

  • 13

    The World Lies Before You: Design Your Project!

    • Design your project!

    • 10/2 cotton, plain weave, shaft loom

    • 8/2 cotton, plain weave, shaft loom

    • 3/2 cotton, plain weave, shaft loom

    • 10/2 cotton, 3/1 twill, shaft loom

    • 8/2 cotton, 3/1 twill, shaft loom

    • 10/2 cotton (doubled ends), rigid heddle loom (plain weave)

    • 8/2 cotton (doubled ends), rigid heddle loom (plain weave)

    • 3/2 cotton, rigid heddle loom (plain weave, single ends)

  • 14

    Welcome to Week Two!

    • Hellooooooo Adventurer!!

  • 15

    Gradient Design

    • The Hinterlands of Design

    • Gradient design types: Color shifts and stripe patterning

    • Emphasizing color shifts: Creating smooth, subtle gradients

    • Emphasizing the pattern: Creating bold, dramatic gradients

    • Exercise: Making your gradients smooth or bold

  • 16

    Color Mixing

    • Color mixing in weaving: The three principles

    • Principle 1: Optical Mixing

    • Principle 2: The Draft controls Color Mixing

    • Principle 3: The Two-Primary Rule

    • When the Two-Primary Rule doesn't matter

    • Color mixing and structure: Plain weave vs. 3/1 twill

    • Design Strategies for Plain Weave Adventurers

    • Exercise: Exploring color mixing - The Plain Weave Prairies!

    • Design Strategies for 3/1 Twill Adventurers

    • Exercise: Color mixing: The Towers of Twills!

  • 17

    Project Mission: Design Your Project!

    • Your secret mission revealed

  • 18

    To the Loom, Adventurer! Winding and Warping Gradients

    • It's WARPING TIME!

    • How much yarn do I need of each color?

    • Calculator: How much do I need of each color?

    • How to Make a Warp Color Order Chart

    • Warping Color Gradients on your Rigid Heddle Loom

    • Multiple warp chains: a quick and versatile approach to gradient warping

    • Winding single color multiple warp chains

    • Winding hybrid multiple warp chains

    • Warp your gradient Back to Front: Creating a Raddle Warp Chart

    • Warp your gradient Back to Front: Beaming and threading your warp

    • Warp your gradient Front to Back with multiple warp chains

    • An Alternative: Winding a color gradient warp thread by thread

    • Warping Tips and Tricks

    • More warping tips and tricks

    • A reminder: DON'T start weaving yet!

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    Week Three: Designing Weft Gradients

    • Weft gradients: the investigation begins...

    • Design is more than a draft

    • Warp gradients vs. Weft gradients

    • Plain Weave Adventurers: Tips for designing gradients in plain weave

    • 3/1 Twill Adventurers: Tips for designing weft gradients in 3/1 twill

    • Designing for weave-ability

    • Showcasing a gradient warp using a finer weft

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    Weaving Your Cowl

    • Prepare to weave, Adventurer!

    • Weaving instructions: Finished seam closure

    • Weaving instructions: Warp fringe closure

    • Weaving instructions: Added closures

    • End finishes: Combination options

    • Sampling for gradient designs

    • Getting a balanced cloth - controlling your beat

    • Weaving Your Cowl: Rigid Heddle Options

    • Weaving Your Cowl: Keeping track of Weft colors

    • Weft color changes: Burying the ends

    • Weft color changes: Splitting and overlapping plies

    • Weft color changes: Carrying colors up the edge

    • Weft color changes: Let it all hang out! (Weft fringe)

    • Taking your project off the loom: Securing the edges

    • Twist and Shout! Plying Fringe

    • Wet Finishing Your Cowl

    • ...and the adventure continues...

  • 21

    Adventurers' Gallery

    • Your opportunity for fame and inspiration!

    • Add your work to the gallery

    • View the gallery

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    Week Four: Finishing Your Cowls

    • Week Four Introduction: A brush with disaster

    • Finishing your cowl: Finished seam closures

    • Finishing your cowl: Weft fringe finished seam closure

    • Finishing your cowl: Warp fringe closure

    • Finishing your cowl: Added closures

    • Making cord

    • Freeing the Spirit

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    Gradients: The Color Theory Behind the Curtain

    • The Tome of Gradient Mastery

    • Overview

    • Basic characteristics of a gradient

    • The Four Weaving Factors Affecting Gradient Cloth

    • Weft size and sett

    • Drafts: Plain weave and other blending drafts

    • Drafts: 3/1 twill and other separating drafts

    • Downloadable tip sheet: Creating smooth gradients

    • Downloadable tip sheet: Strategies for bright vs. muted colors

  • 24

    More gradient types

    • Two additional gradient types

    • Gradient dyed yarns

    • Bundled gradients

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    The End....or A New Beginning?

    • We'd love your feedback!

    • What's next? The Deep-Dive!

    • Resources for further study