Nervous about color? Take heart.

Color Courage for Weavers will turn you from a hesitant color novice into a confident designer.

Hi, I'm Tien. I'm a master weaver, and a color junkie.

I know color in weaving can be complicated.  Downright capricious, in fact. Sometimes a beautiful palette of yarns will weave into a gorgeous project, and sometimes they’ll weave into mud. The exact same colors!

Mistakes would waste precious time and materials. 

So you might feel nervous about choosing colors.

You might limit yourself to familiar palettes or to project recipes, for fear of messing up. Or you might feel so frustrated that you call yourself a  “color idiot".

But you don’t need artistic talent to design beautiful work.

You just need to understand how color works.

Color Courage for Weavers will help you understand color, so you can confidently design gorgeous cloth in the hues you love.

I'm offering a FREE mini-course to get you started on your journey with color.

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Learn the essentials of color in these "taster" lessons from Color Courage for Weavers!

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Color Courage for Weavers - Basic

This self-paced, interactive online course will help you transform yourself from a nervous color novice to a confident color designer.

When you enroll, you’ll get immediate, permanent access to course videos, text lessons, and a discussion forum where you can share challenges and inspirations with other knowledgeable color enthusiasts.

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What people are saying about Color Courage for Weavers

“Weavers face very specific color challenges that are not addressed in more general fiber arts classes. Tien breaks down color theory into the areas weavers really need to know. She offers solid advice for how to improve upon color choices and create pieces that make your heart sing.”

Liz Gipson - former Managing Editor of Handwoven, Yarnworker School of Weaving

“Tien’s class explores the way colours work in a way that makes sense. Her approach combines not just the science of colour but also how colour choice can set a mood, how the distance at which a textile is being viewed is important, how to scale up a design and how the impact of value will affect the cloth. She discusses how weave structures can influence how colours work together and the ratio of each colour matters.

This class is the class I wish I’d been able to take when I first started weaving. I’ve learned a lot by viewing it now. ”

Laura Fry - GCW Master Weaver, author of The Intentional Weaver and Magic in the Water

“Tien Chiu’s Color Courage for Weavers provides an excellent review of color theory. Tien then takes these concepts and applies them to weaving patterned cloth.

Her explanations of how concepts such as simultaneous contrast apply to a woven piece of cloth are clear and helpful. She also discusses traits that contribute to the feel of a design and applies color concepts to help you figure out why a design may or may not convey your intended feeling.

Mastering color theory while choosing colors for woven designs is a challenging proposition, and Tien makes the subject clear and approachable.

I think the workshop version of this course is a great way to work through the concepts with help from Tien herself.”

Rebecca Mezoff, master tapestry artist, online teacher at

“Concrete and inspirational color theory that will help all levels of weavers translate their ideas into creative designs. This class will entice students to try new color combinations and explore with confidence.”

Katzy Luhring, Lunatic Fringe Yarns

About me

Hi! I’m Tien Chiu, 

  • Award-winning weaver
  • Writer for Handwoven and other weaving magazines 
  • Teacher at HGA Convergence and at many regional conferences
  • Juror for fiber arts shows
  • Author of Master Your Craft, a book about the creative process in craft
  • Vice President of the Board at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

My specialty is color in weaving. 

I've spent years studying color theory. I've woven hundreds of swatches and dyed thousands of yarn samples to understand how color theory applies to weaving.

I've distilled what I've learned into a few simple principles anyone can learn.

I'll help you confidently design gorgeous cloth in the hues you love!