Warp & Weave

The Linear Gradient

When you select Linear gradient in the drop-down list, these options are available:

linear gradient options

You can see that your Gradient is already happening in the draft.  From this point, you can change colors as described above, or play with how the gradient works.

Changing Scale

Scale changes the rate of change in the gradient – slow vs. quick change.  

Here is the pattern at a small scale – the colors transition slowly:

Linear gradients - changing scale

Here’s the pattern with the scale increased:

scale increased

At a larger scale, the rate of change is faster than the smaller scale shown in the first image.

Changing the Threading Unit

Threading Unit is the number of threads in each group.  At the lowest Threading Unit size, each colored “stripe” in the gradient is a single thread wide. As the Threading Unit size increases, each stripe becomes a multiple of the Threading Unit size in width. So at a Threading Unit size of two, every stripe is a multiple of two threads in width (2,4,6,8, etc.), at a Threading Unit size of three, every stripe is a multiple of three threads in width (3,6,9, etc.), and so on.

The Threading Unit size can’t be set directly but is easy to see by counting the number of threads in the narrowest stripes.

Below, the Threading Unit in pink went from one (above) to two (below) and the cyan is adjusted proportionally:

changing the threading unit

You can play with scale and multiplier to find a design that pleases you.

Show Opposite Side

Show Opposite Side does just that. In twills or complex drafts, it’s always a good idea to look at the other side of the fabric, and in the case of this 1/3 twill, the front side is warp dominant and the back is weft dominant.

show opposite side

“Reversed” Check Box

Reversed changes the order in which Color 1 and Color 2 appear from start to finish..  Notice now that the warp begins with the pink.


When you’re happy with your Gradient, click the Save Colors button to return to the regular Color Editor window, where your gradient is now loaded and ready for you to save or change as you like.