Stash Busting Scarf

Weave-Along 2021

Learn to design and weave a beautiful 4 or 8-shaft scarf from your stash leftovers.

Want to learn how to weave from your stash?
The Weave-Along is over, but you can learn a ton!

Stuck with a stash that doesn't inspire you?
Here’s the perfect solution for you.

Join color-in-weaving expert Tien Chiu and well-known weaving teacher Janet Dawson as we help you solve the problems of dealing with stash projects. This recording of the Weave-Along offers online lessons, recorded Q&A sessions, and the chance to join a supportive community of your fellow weavers, sharing your trials and triumphs. We’ll lead you through a 4 or 8-shaft scarf project that will teach you the basics of:

Working with mystery yarns

Mixing yarn textures, fibers, and thicknesses

Designing with a jumble of colors

Share the fun with an online gathering of fellow weavers - all working on scarves as individual as each weaver’s stash and creativity can make it.

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Clear Up Your Stash Confusion

Work with Mystery Yarns

Learn how to use those mystery yarns, even if you're not sure what they are!

Choose and Use Colors

Uncover the secrets of choosing colors that won't mix into mud, and that look good together. Discover how to make your pattern show when using lots of colors.

Combine Different Yarns

Nervous about combining different kinds of yarn in a project? Find out how to make sure a variety of yarns will play well together on and off the loom.

Mix Yarn Sizes

Learn what happens when you combine thick and thin yarns in your warp and weft, and one way to handle the combination.

Meet Your Teachers

Hi! I’m Tien Chiu,

and I'm obsessed with color in weaving. I've dyed over 2,500 yarn samples, woven hundreds of handwoven swatches, and spent countless hours poring over color theory and weaving structure books in my quest to understand color in weaving. 

And I've succeeded at it. I've won countless awards for my work, my handwoven wedding dress is in the permanent collection of The Henry Ford Museum, and my Kodachrome Jacket was featured on the cover of Handwoven as one of the winners of the Garment Challenge. I've written almost thirty articles for Handwoven, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot, Complex Weavers Journal, and WeaveZine.

I've taught over 14,000 weavers in my online classes, and I'm looking forward to teaching YOU how to create beautiful things out of the colorful yarn leftovers in your stash!

Hi! I’m Janet Dawson.

I’m a weaver AND a teacher. I’m a writer AND an editor. I’m good at math and patterns but also really good with words. The combination of all of these is my superpower: I not only get this stuff, I can explain it well, and write about it clearly.

Using my facility with words and my experience teaching thousands of students online (with rave reviews!) and in-person, I can help you feel confident that YOU CAN make educated, informed design choices that will produce good cloth because you understand what’s going on on your loom.

Why do I do this? Because I love making happy, confident weavers even more than I love weaving itself. Helping other people understand and enjoy all the parts of weaving – project planning and loom prep as well throwing the shuttle – is my favourite part of the whole business.

27 Lessons - 7 Demo/Q & A Session Recordings

Week 1 - Choosing Yarns and Planning Your Warp

  • Choosing Yarns - Physical Guidelines
  • Evaluating Your Yarns for Suitability and Compatibility (Even Mystery Yarns!)
  • Choosing Colors that Work Well Together
  • Crunching the Numbers - Determining Sett, Project Size, and Warp and Weft Amounts

Week 2 - Designing, Winding, and Putting Your Warp Onto the Loom

  • Designing Your Warp Colors 
  • Winding Your Stash Warp
  • Dressing Your Loom (Front to Back)
  • Dressing Your Loom (Back to Front)

Week 3 - Weaving Your Scarf

  • Sampling for Color
  • Sampling for Sett, Beat, and Selvages
  • Tips for Success and Troubleshooting
  • Finishing Up

Recorded demo and Q & A sessions with Tien and Janet
THREE 60-90 minute demo sessions where Tien and Janet walk through the lessons.

FOUR 90-minute recorded Q&A sessions with Tien and Janet answering questions about stash weaving, color in weaving, and (occasionally) cats!

All sessions feature searchable closed captioning and downloadable transcripts.

A free online community for sharing your work with other weavers!

(This is HUGE - many people last year felt the inspiration of  hundreds of other weavers' work, access to so many other weavers' wisdom, and the joy, creativity, and camaraderie of our online community were every bit as valuable as the class itself!) 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the Weave-Along?

If you purchase lifetime access, that's just what you get! You'll be able to access the lessons, downloads, demos, and Q&A recordings forever.

If the platform ever shuts down (and we have no intentions of doing that) you'll have 90 days to download all the content of the course.

(Note that the Color Editor doesn't belong to us, so it is not included in the course downloads.)

What kind of loom do I need?

The class and the projects are designed for weavers using 4 and 8 shaft floor and table looms. If you are using other types of looms (rigid heddle, backstrap, etc.) you are welcome to join! but we won't be talking about your kind of loom in the lessons or webinars.

Do I need weaving software?

Nope! All you need to access the online classroom and design your scarf is a web browser. That's it. No weaving software is needed.

If you want to attend the webinars,  you'll need to install and run the free Zoom app, but you can do that on practically any mobile device or computer.

How much weaving experience do I need?

You should know to do these things on your own:
  - Read a weaving draft, including threading, tie-up, and treadling or lift plan.

- Wind a warp and dress your loom, including threading and tying up the treadles

  - Wind bobbins and start, join, and end weft yarns.

Do I have to weave the project to participate?

Nope! You can weave anything you like (or nothing at all). The lessons are geared towards weaving the scarf, but you'll learn a lot even if you don't.

So feel free to join us just for the lessons, or to cheer everyone else on! We'll be delighted to have you, however you choose to participate. 

Are you still answering questions in the Weave-Along?

We aren't. At $19.99 per student, we simply can't afford to! But the lessons are yours for life, and you're welcome to join the Weave-Along Facebook group. We'll pop in there occasionally, though we won't be actively monitoring it for questions.



access to the Stash-Busting Scarf
Weave Along 2021!