Drafting and Colour Theory

Colour wheelDraft broken twill

Dear Weavers

So far I have always talked about yarn, fibre or any business matters in this blog. This is therefore a quite different blog post. I am really excited to finally show you what I have been working on for the last couple of months. (Drumrolls...) Please welcome the first parts in Drafting theory and the whole course of Colour Theory for weavers. These two topics are sections out of BB Yarns Weaving correspondence course from level 1. Instead of having to do the whole course with all its five subjects, it is now possible to do the drafting and colour theory separately. 

Colourful turned twill


Have you ever thought you would like to design your own drafts, but wouldn't feel confident enough to give it a try? Well this course will show you how. Or maybe you would simply like to brush up on twill drafting? After working through all the exercises you will happily design your own twill draft and maybe even go to the loom and weave it. 

It is easy to just copy a draft out of a book or magazine. But to actually design your own pattern and weave it? That is using the whole design options of a weaver! 

Learn how to draw your own draft and you

  • learn how to read a draft
  • can change a draft to your liking
  • and make it your own

The first two parts of Drafting theory include everything about the weave structure Twill. This is such a huge and important part of drafting. It deserves two separate parts just to talk about all the twill patterns. The theory works itself through from the very simple one line twills to undulating twill, turned twill, herringbone twill and lots more.

This two part course starts with simple instructions on how a draft works and how it is built. My drafting theory is based on the drawdown, the designing section of a weaving draft. From there we work out the threading, treadling and tie-up. This way it shows how a draft is created and how you can design your own draft. And you are not limited to shafts or treadles. 

Every twill pattern is described to its potential and what it is best used for. After each chapter there is an exercise for you to work through to get your own experience in designing the specific twill. Solutions for the exercises are given in an extra file. Each twill description also includes many examples for your own study. All exercises are added in a separate file in a printable version for your convenience.

    For more information go to www.bbyarn.com or simply click on the link below Drafting

    Colour theory complimentary

    Colour theory:

    Have you ever felt like breaking out of the same old colour scheme you have been using? But you don't feel confident enough? Would you like to learn more about colours and how they behave?

    Well this two part colour theory course will certainly change your mind and hopefully give you the ability and security to leap out and use more colours in your work.

    This course is based on Johannes Itten's colour theory and the 7 contrasts. The course is ideal for textile designers and each contrast has special notes on how the theory can be used in weaving. It is eye opening for what a slight difference in a colour can do. What things to avoid and where the harmonious colours hide. What is the trick to make sure the fabric ends up to be balanced in colour?

    The course uses water based paints for easier and faster experimentation with colours. Each contrast is explained with lots of examples and has various exercises to complete and work on.

    Work yourself through this course and receive colour confidence!

    Learn the laws of colour for

    • new knowledge in your textile work
    • being able to remix colours from a sample
    • able to distinguish differences in colour
    • most important get confidence in new colour combinations

    For more information go to www.bbyarn.com or simply click on the link below Colour theory

    Looking forward to hear what you think about these new learning modules. Are they helpful and would you like to know more?

    Lucky's tail

    To finish this off I leave you with a picture of my dog. Poor Lucky had to undergo surgery on her tail late January. She had a lump on her tail which started to grow inwards and we were worried it could eventually effect her use of the tail. So we had the lump taken out. But look what they did to her tail! She looks so silly. But the wound is healing very well and thank goodness the hair already starts to grow back. The lump came out to be benign, which we were very relieved about.

    Happy weaving and thanks for reading



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