like a paint program for weaving drafts, allowing you to
create a pattern, visualize or modify an existing design, and experiment
colorways, treadling options and borders.
These editing tools are used to input a draft:
- The Pencil tool sets or clears a cell in the draft. The right mouse
button acts as an eraser.
- The Line tool can be used to click and drag a straight, point or
advancing line in the threading, treadling, or tieup.
- Use the Paint Brush to paint in a swatch or paint directly in the
drawdown - it'll figure out which color bar is affected.
Of course, you can also use the Pencil to paint in a particular end
- The Paint Bucket can be used to dump solid or alternating color into
the warp or weft colorways.
- The Selection tool lets you highlight part of the threading, treadling
or tieup, to repeat, flip, rotate, label, copy or delete.
- The Stamp tool is a shortcut to copy and paste - especially
useful in the tieup. Select a portion of the draft, activate the stamp
tool and you can place that selection any number of times. Press the
Esc key when you're done.
- The Move tool lets you rearrange shafts and treadles for better threading
order or to walk the treadles, etc. For a parallel threading or treadling,
try Threading->Arrange, Parallel (or Treadling->Arrange).
- The Zoom tool lets you zoom in and out on a draft. The keyboard shortcuts
(Ctrl+ and Ctrl-) can also be used to change the scale of the draft.
A color palette is associated with each draft. You
can setup a default palette for new drafts, and import palettes from
saved drafts. There are two active colors available, one for the left
mouse button and one for the right mouse button, as indicated on the
large swatches at the top of the color palette.
Click on one of these buttons to choose a color
to add to the palette. Pick up a previously defined color by clicking
on one of the color swatches in the palette with the left or right
• A draft browser (File->Browse)
that shows a small fabric view for each file in the highlighted folder
so you can easily
find the draft you're looking for. Press the Enter key for a particular
draft and to open it in a regular window.
Drawdown->Fabric Analysis mode allows you to draw right in
the drawdown with the pencil tool. In this mode, the draft is created for you, shafts
and treadles (or blocks, if you will) are added as needed. This is great
for creating profile drafts. When you're done, toggle Fabric Analysis
mode off to go back to the normal editing mode.
In normal mode, using the pencil tool in the drawdown just changes
the tieup. Handy for minimizing float lengths, or creating
your own fancy twill on a straight or point setup.
You can design a warp-faced or weft-faced draft
by putting all the color in the warp or all the color in the weft.
The Block Substitution function allows you to dump
a weave structure into a design. With your profile draft as the active
window, select Tools->Block
Substitution from the menu and choose one of the 70+ structure files
that are included with the program. Color from the profile is incorporated
into the resulting thread-by-thread draft, which is ready to take to
The Optimize functions eliminate any duplicate rows
and/or columns in a draft. Try it on a warp-rep
draft fresh out of block substitution. When designing
with a profile draft that's been converted to a straight draw (e.g.
when working with half-units) use optimize to reduce the final
There are a number of choices for notation in the threading, treadling
and tieup: numeric, alpha characters (for block designations) as well
as symbols. User-defined notation lets you type your own characters in
to the threading and/or treadling.
You can print out any portion of the draft. To print
just the threading, select View->Threading, then File->Print Preview
(shortcut icon on the toolbar), where you can adjust the scale and orientation
paper to suit the draft. Likewise, View->Treadling and Print Preview
to print just the treadling.
Edit->Copy to Clipboard is a great way to export a graphic
into another application, e.g. MS Word or PhotoShop, for presentation
purposes. This is popular with teachers and others who incorporate
drafts into written
Other graphics capabilities allow you to
open (and save) graphic files which can then be converted into a draft,
or colors pulled out for the color palette. In addition, you can easily paste
in a liftplan (e.g. from PhotoShop) as well as export one a
drawdown with single pixel resolution. (These features are useful for
methods outlined in The Woven Pixel by Alice Schlein and Bhakti Ziek).
Thick threads can be specified in several ways. You can select a particular
end or pick and press the spacebar to toggle between thick and thin
(use the arrow keys to navigate the draft). Often times, the thick
are in a repeating pattern. When this is the case, you can enter the
pattern in the thickness window and apply it across the draft. Thick
threads are also built into some of the weave structures for block
substitution purposes (warp-rep and diversified-plain-weave, for example).
The project planner is a weaver’s calculator. You can enter the
finished dimensions of a piece, specify how many you want to weave on
a warp, and it calculates the width in the reed and warp length for you.
Enter the yarns you’ll be using (the yards per pound are filled
in from the yarn database) and the sett and beat, for an estimate of
the quantities of yarn needed for the warp and weft for the project.
Then you can print out the project plan to take to the warping board
and for future reference.
The Fold Double Width tool lets you convert a draft for weaving a double-width
cloth. Allowance for multiple shuttles (tabby and pattern, for example)
and order sequences are handled.
The warp and weft color tables provide thread counts
by color. Color names are
and are saved with
Functionality for network drafting includes
Pattern Line to adjust a line for a particular weave structure, and
Onto Network to create a networked draft. Edit->Supersize comes in
handy for network drafting, for quick visualization of multiple repeats.
The Dobby option provides drivers for electronic dobby
heads on AVL, Louet, and LeClerc looms. Features on the dobby control
bar include the ability to set markers for repeating sections, a
loop counter, and last but not least, the same shed and unweave buttons.