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Color & Design

Have you ever had a color disaster? No more. Become a color guru!

Imagine a world where...

  • You design your piece with confidence, knowing the colors you choose will produce the results you want.
  • You pick out your color palette knowing you'll be proudly showing your work to everyone.
  • You never pound your head against the wall after another color blunder, or make another desperate Facebook post asking "What went wrong??"
  • Friends call you to ask your advice about color!
color samples

But that seems like such a huge stretch from where you are

Maybe you feel like color is incredibly fickle.  

The same colors that produced beautiful results last time produced mud this time. The exact same colors!!

Or you wove the same draft that you saw in a kit, or online, but you changed the colors just a teensy little bit - and now it looks awful

You tried to figure it out on your own

You read books about color in fiber arts, but they didn’t address the unique challenges that weavers face. 

You watched videos about color in weaving, but they only scratched the surface, and they didn’t teach you anything about putting theory into practice. 

You asked your friends and online groups, but they could only offer bits and pieces of advice, not a deep, solid understanding of how color works. 

Tien Chiu

That's where I got stuck, too.

I'm Tien Chiu, and I used to be frustrated by color, too.

In fact, I got so frustrated as a color novice that I spent over a thousand hours studying color in weaving. I read every book on color I could get my hands on, dyed two thousand skeins of yarn, and wove over seven hundred color swatches.  

And I’ve found a solution.  

I discovered a systematic approach to color in weaving, an underlying set of rules that anyone can learn. These rules are based in neurobiology and culture - how the eye sees, how the brain processes what it sees.  

If you understand and apply those rules, you - anyone - can design with color.  

In my Color & Design course, I’ll teach you those simple rules of color in weaving, so you too can design gorgeous handwoven projects that everyone will admire. Color disasters will become a thing of the past! 

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What People Are Saying

The Color Courage course has offered me a new framework to approach textile design, using the concepts of intention for the piece, and of telling a visual story....I have absorbed new concepts to assist me with expressing the look and feel I want to achieve.

- Eileen Crawford (Color Courage for Weavers Workshop)

I have always had trouble choosing colors. I know what attracts me but they frequently don't have the effect I wanted. You have given me new insight. Thank you.

- Vicki Allen (Mini Course: Bold and Subtle Patterns)

If you’re thinking, “This can’t work. I’m hopeless with color,” or “I’m a color idiot...” 

...please think again. Because I can honestly tell you, from deep personal experience: 

There’s no such thing as a color idiot, just someone who doesn’t understand color - yet. 

My early work was so terrible, I was embarrassed to show it. 

Here’s one of my first attempts at a brilliant rainbow shawl:  

muddy shawl

What a muddy mess! 

I felt like a color idiot. But I studied, I learned the underlying rules of color, and - just a short while later - my Kodachrome Jacket was featured on the cover of Handwoven! 

Kodachrome on Handwoven cover

So truly, I know your pain - and it can be fixed

My Color & Design course can help you go from color idiot to color genius!  

So what can you expect from Color & Design?  

Color & Design is a six-week, instructor-led online course that teaches you how to design gorgeous handwoven fabrics that look just like you wanted.

You'll learn how to:

  • Create the mood you want by using warm and cool colors in a design 
  • Crank up or calm down the energy of a piece through use of saturation 
  • Add or reduce drama and get bold, subtle, or shaded patterns using value
  • Mix or separate colors through your choice of draft 
  • Change how colors look by swapping neighboring colors, through simultaneous contrast 
  • Create fabric with the exact look and feel that you want!

Color & Design stands out.

Books, videos, and most online courses don't give you the full picture. You get videos and text, but you don’t get a chance to practice what you've learned, and you don’t get a chance to ask the instructor questions.  

Color & Design gives you principles, practice, and answers to your questions.  

One set of online lessons will be released every week for six weeks, from Sunday, September 22 through October 27. You can access these lessons at your leisure, and you'll have access to them forever.

In the lessones, you'll learn the principles, then you'll practice what you've learned through fun interactive exercises so it really sinks in. You'll get to design your own projects, and chat with other students in our private Facebook group.

And, you'll get six live Q&A sessions! Every Saturday at 9am Pacific Time, from September 28 through November 2, I'll host a live Q&A session to answer your questions about color and design.

Color & Design is just like taking an in-person workshop from me, except that you can do it from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace! And you don’t have to shell out for a plane ticket, sleep in a noisy hotel, or eat lousy conference facility food.

Color & Design

Here's everything you'll get:

Six jam-packed chapters:

  • Hue - Using Warm and Cool Colors
  • Value - Creating Bold and Subtle Patterns
  • Saturation - Controlling the Energy Level
  • Color Mixing - Controlling Color Mixing in Warp & Weft
  • How Colors Affect Their Neighbors - Simultaneous Contrast and How it Works
  • Creating Ambiance in Your Handwovens

Lots of valuable lessons in each chapter:

  • Text and video lessons explaining the concepts.
  • Fun interactive exercises to practice what you’ve learned. 
  • An inspirational handwoven gallery so you can see how other master weavers have used these principles in their work 
  • A chance to design and weave your own projects
  • Thoughtful questions to help you reflect on your own artistic work and goals.

PLUS, you'll get:

  • Six live Q&A sessions where I'll answer your questions about color and design. (If you can't make the live session, send your questions in advance and watch the recording later!)
  • A free private Facebook group where you can ask questions, share inspiration with your fellow students, and get special bonus content that I'll be posting there
  • Permanent access to all course materials

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I have no art background at all? A: You don't need any! You'll learn everything you need to know in the class. 

Q: Do I need to attend the lectures at a particular time? A: NO! You can watch everything whenever you want, wherever you want. 

Q: But what if I have no talent for color? A: Color isn't a talent! I'll teach you the skills you need in order to use color. Then you won't need talent, you'll understand how it works and you'll be able to design effectively with color. There's no such thing as a "color idiot," just someone who doesn't understand color - yet.

Q: What if I have trouble accessing part of the course? A: Just drop me a line! Email and I'll help you solve your problem. I'm always happy to help!

Q: What if I can't make the live Q&A sessions? A: No problem! If you can't make the live Q&A session times, send your questions in beforehand. I'll answer them in the session, and you can watch the recording afterwards, whenever you want.

Q: What if I'd like to see a sample? A: You can get a free preview! Six lessons are available in my FREE mini-course Bold and Subtle Patterns. Enroll here. (But don't dawdle in coming back - registration for Color & Design closes September 13!)

Q: What if I only have short chunks of time each day for the course? A: You'll be fine! All the videos are fifteen minutes or less, and you can play with each exercise for as long or as short a time as you want. Or come back to them later!

Q: How long do I have access to the course materials? A: Forever! As long as the course is available, you'll have online access. (And if the teaching platform ever goes away, or I retire, you'll be able to download the full course materials - videos, everything - before it does. When I say "forever", I mean "forever"!) 

Q: What if I'm not satisfied with the course? A: I'll refund your money! I want you to be happy, so if you're not satisfied, just drop me a line at within 30 days of starting the course, and I'll refund your money. No questions asked. Your satisfaction matters to me!

Q: What if I have difficulty hearing? A: No problem! All the videos in the course feature closed captioning, and transcripts are available on request for the handwoven gallery voiceovers.

Q: What if I still have questions? A: Email me! My email is, and I'd LOVE to hear from you and answer your questions!

What People are Saying

“Before this class, I chose colors with gut instinct. Sometimes it worked out fine, but it never felt perfect. The Basic course was fine, already giving you some insights on color, but with the Workshop, you enter a whole new world.  

After doing all the exercises, color isn't something foreign anymore but starts to feel natural. Now I can not only pick colors that work well together, but I also know how to set the right mood in a piece. Tien is a great teacher, taking her time to explain every question you can think of, guiding you through every lesson with kindness and patience.“ 

 - Veronika (Color Courage for Weavers - Workshop) 

 "Tien Chiu is an amazing color guru and this course changed the way I see color, how colors interact, and that value is more important than hue. We learned how to create motion and tell a story. I got better at designing drafts and understanding tie-ups. I have enough ideas to last a lifetime." 

- Debbie (Color Courage for Weavers - Workshop) 

"The instructor is personable, understandable, and she explains things verbally and in written form. There is plenty of opportunity to try out the ideas she presents with some on-screen interactive tools. I liked this so much that I will be joining the full course on color and design. Can't wait!" 

- Diane (Mini-Course: Bold and Subtle Patterns)

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So if you're tired of struggling with color...tired of worrying about another color disaster...or if you just want to go into your next project confident that you'll get a gorgeous project you'll be proud to show your's the time to sign up!

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