After a week of nonstop preparation, I launched yesterday around 8am. The response has been phenomenal – over 500 people enrolled in my free mini-class so far, and quite a few enrollments in the paid classes as well.
I kept an eye on things for an hour or two after launch, then was so exhausted that I finally fell over and slept for several hours. Last week was so busy I’ve got a LOT of sleep to catch up on!
Oh, and my keychain? Here’s what it looked like yesterday around 7am:
And here’s what it looks like now.
Finally, after three years, I am really and truly done with the old life, and on to the new. And I cannot tell you happy and grateful I am!!
Here’s a copy of my launch email.
First, the headliner: Registration for Color Courage for Weavers – Basic and Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop is now open!! You can find out more about both classes by going to my courses homepage:
You may be wondering why I’m so passionate about teaching color. The short reason is that I love color, but I had an AWFUL time figuring out how to use it, particularly in weaving. My early works – the pieces most people have never seen – are littered with color disasters.
So if you’ve had color challenges, I feel your pain. I spent years struggling to find good resources about color in weaving. There aren’t many of them, and there were even fewer when I was searching. I spent a lot of time bashing my head against the wall trying to figure out color.
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
So when I lost patience and decided I was going to figure color out once and for all – weaving hundreds of color swatches and dyeing thousands of yarn samples in my quest to understand color in weaving – I wanted to pass that information on. I saw absolutely no reason why any other weaver should have to go through what I did.
And that’s why I created Color Courage for Weavers.
Color Courage for Weavers – Basic is an introductory course on color and design, meant for the weaver who is comfortable with choosing drafts and yarns for projects but is hesitant about color choices.
Color Courage for Weavers – Basic starts by covering the parts of color theory that are most relevant to weavers, illustrated with lots of handwoven samples. Then it moves on to explain the four design factors that I feel are most important in creating a project’s unique look and feel – again, with lots of handwoven samples. It explains how to control each design factor through choice of color, weave structure, scale, yarn size, and a few other factors.
Finally, Color Courage for Weavers – Basic addresses the design process, including tools for creating and testing your designs before you put them on the loom.
Color Courage for Weavers – Basic isn’t just meant to be absorbed passively, though I’ve created a discussion forum and sowed questions throughout the course that I hope will encourage you to reflect what you’ve learned, to think about your current design preferences and process, and share your thoughts with other students.
I feel that sharing ideas and inspiration with like-minded weavers, helping them solve problems and being helped in return, is one of the best ways to learn any topic. I hope you’ll jump in on those discussion prompts and join the conversation, and join the general discussion in the alumni forum at the end of the course.
If you are nervous about color, Color Courage for Weavers – Basic will help you transform that nervousness into confidence. You won’t know everything about color – frankly, nobody knows everything about color – but you’ll have the tools and knowledge to strike forth on your own, and you’ll have the company of other like-minded and knowledgeable weavers.
To sign up for the course, go here:
Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop is for weavers with a similar level of experience, but who want to go deeper. You should be comfortable picking drafts, yarns, and setts to create a project.
While the instructional materials for Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop are the same as in the Basic course, you’ll get six sets of hands-on exercises designed to take you from a “book learner” to an experienced designer. I’ll give you feedback after each exercise, but I’ll also lead a class discussion about the exercise, encouraging everyone to reflect on their current design practice and how they can integrate their new knowledge to change that practice.
In addition to the exercises, you’ll get 12 one-hour weekly Q&A sessions with me to clear up any confusion or question marks that might arise. I’ll try to schedule those Q&A sessions to allow the maximum number of students to attend, but if you can’t make it, no problem – you can send your question in advance, and all the sessions will be recorded so you can watch them whenever you want.
At the end of the Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop course, you’ll have knowledge, design skills, and practice using those skills in designing real projects. You’ll also have an alumni forum where you can stay connected with, share inspiration with, and get/give help to similarly knowledgeable weavers.
Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop will help you “level up” from a technically competent weaver to a “pop, sizzle, crackle!” color designer.
To get more information and sign up for Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop, go here:
To celebrate the first offering for both classes, I’m offering an introductory special on both of them.From now until December 17, you can get Color Courage for Weavers – Basic at $30 off the regular price – follow this link for details:
For the introductory class of Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop, I’m offering a $50 discount off the course price. Follow this link for details.
Don’t wait – registration for Color Courage for Weavers – Workshop is closes December 17! and the introductory discount on Basic ends December 17, too.
Deborah Chiarucci says
This looks fascinating. I am working full time, have projects i am committed to completing and cannot honestly take your course right now-but hope to in the future. Congratulations on your new adventure! May it and you thrive!
Mary Lessman says
I might have missed the date you are going to start the workshop class. I’m interested but want to be sure to set aside the dates.
Tien Chiu says
My bad! The workshop course starts January 12 and runs through mid-March, though you have until May 30 to finish the exercises (if you want feedback from me on them).
Mary E Lessman says
Should have asked this with first question…..
Do we get supplies/a supply list on registration? How much additional cost do you estimate this will be?
Tien Chiu says
There should be minimal additional cost unless your stash has only a small range of colors, in which case you may have to get an assortment of embroidery threads to widen the range. You’ll need weaving software, but there are free or inexpensive options. There are no weaving requirements for the class – I’ll offer optional weaving exercises, but because we all have busy lives and the exercises are only two weeks apart, you won’t need to weave anything unless you choose to. So there shouldn’t be much in the way of additional costs.