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Weavedraft icon WeaveDraft for Mac and Windows

A program for designing weaving patterns for small to medium sized looms.


Acknowledgement

This program has been written for, and with the assistance of, my wife Helen Gammon.

Helen uses table and floor looms for home weaving. More recently she has been doing quilting rather than weaving. You can see some of her work at Helen Gammon's Quilts.


Program features


Using the program ...

A typical "WeaveDraft" screen will look like this (the various parts are labelled for clarity):

Weavedraft example - 13K

Starting a new pattern

Select the colour for the warp

Change the "Current colour" by clicking on one of the colours in the "Colour palette". The selected colour will be displayed as the current colour.

Changing the colour palette

If the thread you are planning to weave with is not currently in the colour palette, you can change the colour of any of the entries in the colour palette by Control-clicking a colour - this will display the Colour Selection dialog.

By clicking on the desired part of the colour wheel the new colour is selected. You can hold the mouse down while dragging at around until the desired colour appears in the "Color/Solid" box. You can also change the brightness of the colour by moving the brightness slider (on the right) up or down. Then click "OK" and the new colour will appear in the appropriate box in the Weaving colour palette.

Weavedraft colour wheel -34K

If you have selected "dither colours" under the options menu then colours will have a "patterned" or "dithered" appearence. If you have not selected "dither colours" then colours will be "solid". The two different styles of colours appear in the colour selection box (accessed by Control-Clicking a colour patch) over the words "Color/Solid". You may prefer the dithered colour as it looks more textured, or the solid colour as it looks clearer.

Threading

Now that your desired warp colour is showing in the "current colour" box, start clicking on the threading area of the screen. By clicking on a box you are specifying:

If you make a mistake by clicking on the wrong shaft, just click on the correct shaft afterwards. To completely clear a square control-click on it (i.e. hold down the Control key whilst clicking).

Entering a repetitive pattern

If your threading repeats then you can let the program fill the repeats across the screen for you. To do this, just enter the first repeat (for example, as above), and then select "Duplicate threading right" from the Weaving menu (or press Control-R).

If you change your mind ...

To start again with your threading, just select "Clear threading" from the Weaving menu, and all of the threading area will be cleared.

Entering the pedalling

Next we will enter the pedalling for the desired pattern. Note that although in this example we are entering the threading first, followed by the pedalling, and then followed by the tie-up, the exact order of entry is not important.

Select the colour for the weft

Change the "Current colour" by clicking on one of the colours in the "Colour palette". The selected colour will be displayed as the current colour.

Important - you must use a different colour (or pattern) for the warp and the weft. If they are the same, then you will not see any pattern (e.g. a black on black pattern is not very interesting!).

Starting from the bottom ...

Starting at the bottom of the screen click on the box corresponding to the pedal number that you will depress for that row. (Start at the bottom because the pattern starts at the bottom of the loom - closest to you - and moves away).

You must click on every row, starting at the bottom. If you make a mistake by clicking on the wrong pedal, just click on the correct pedal afterwards. To completely clear a square control-click on it.

Entering a repetitive pattern

If your pedalling repeats then you can let the program fill the repeats up the screen for you. To do this, just enter the first repeat (for example, as above), and then select "Duplicate pedalling up" from the Weaving menu (or press Control-U).

If you change your mind ...

To start again with your pedalling, just select "Clear pedalling" from the Weaving menu, and all of the pedalling area will be cleared.

Entering the tie-up

Now that you have entered the threading and pedalling the most interesting part lies ahead! As you click on each of the tie-up boxes the program instantly recalculates and displays the resulting pattern.

The tie-up area specifies which shafts will be raised when you press each pedal. As many shafts can be connected to each pedal as you desire.

The "current colour" does not matter when entering or changing the tie-up.

To connect a shaft to a pedal click on the appropriate box (the intersection of that pedal with that shaft).

To disconnect a shaft from a pedal, control-click on the appropriate box.

If you change your mind ...

To start again with your tie-up, just select "Clear tie-up" from the Weaving menu, and all of the tie-up area will be cleared.

Time to experiment!

Of course, now you can experiment by changing anything, in any order.

As soon as you change something the pattern will be redrawn.


Sample patterns

A folder with a couple of dozen example patterns is included on the accompanying archive. Try opening these to see some examples of the patterns that can be achieved. Three example can be seen by viewing the links below.

The example files have been prepared by Helen Gammon.


Other program options ...

Stopping automatic redraw

If you find the recalculation of the pattern distracting as you enter the pedalling, threading or tie-up, you can disable the recalculation by unchecking "automatic redraw" under the weaving menu (or press Control-D to toggle it). If "automatic redraw" is unchecked, then pressing Control-equals (or selecting "redraw now" from the menu) will tell the program to redraw at that time.

Showing the reverse side

The reverse side of the pattern is what you would see if you looked at the underneath of the pattern on the loom. In other words, if the warp is visible on the top, then the weft will be visible on the underneath.

To show the reverse side, select "Show reverse side" from the Weaving menu (or press Control-I).

To find which colour is assigned to a square in the finished pattern ...

If you are using a lot of similar colours, it may not be obvious which colour in the colour palette corresponds to a colour in the warp or weft. To find this out, click on a square in the calculated pattern area (as in the example below). While you are holding down the mouse button, a line will appear to the right of the colour in the colour palette which represents which colour appears in that square.

To change the colours in the finished result

If you change the colour of a given entry in the colour palette (by control-clicking or command-clicking on that colour as described previously) then any instances of that colour in the finished pattern will be immediately changed.

Saving

The current pattern can be saved to disk for later use. Just select "Save" or "Save As" from the File menu. You can then double-click on the saved pattern file to re-open it.

Printing

The current pattern can be printed by choosing the "Print" menu selection from the File menu.

Copying to the clipboard

If you want to incorporate a copy of your pattern in another document (e.g. a word processor or page-layout document), just press Alt-PrintScrn. This will place a copy of the contents of your screen onto the Clipboard. You can then paste it into another document.


ShareWare fee

If you find this program useful, please send $US 20 to:


	Gammon Software Solutions
	PO Box 124
	Ivanhoe  VIC  3079
	AUSTRALIA

Australian residents - please send $25 in Australian dollars.

This program may be distributed on Bulletin Boards, CD-ROMs etc. provided it is unchanged and that this documentation accompanies it. Commercial distribution is prohibited unless by written arrangement with the author.


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