About the only thing I have lamented with my Linux OS, has been the inability to have weaving software. It's all written for PC's or Mac's! When I mentioned this in one of my Advancing Twill posts (that post here), Laritza suggested that I give the free ArahWeave Demo a try. So I did.
Back in my Windows OS days, I tried two free programs, WinWeave (the home page for which seems to have disappeared) and WeaveDesign. However, I was never able to get these to work with an emulator in Linux. ArahWeave however, installed easily and works like a dream.
I also downloaded the 163 page user's manual, which is very well written and easy to follow. It's going to take awhile to work my way through it, but here are a few photos, to give you an idea of some of the program basics.
The ArahWeave icon opens the program up in one simple window -
Under the "Files" menu, a "Browse Fabric" window can be opened. There are over 600 fabric files in the demo, including 300 tartans. I was even able to find my own clan tartan (Kennedy) -
The above photo shows browsing in the icon view. Hover the cursor over any fabric icon, and tool tip pop-up box appears......
...... with everything you'd ever need to know about that fabric.
One can also select the list view to choose fabrics from.
This contains the same information, across columns like a spreadsheet.
The zoom feature allows examination of the fabric anywhere from 1/16 size, up to 16 times the original (1600%).
Above is 1:1 or 100%. Below is 10:1, or 1000%.
There are also four different ways to view the fabric at any given zoom level. Above is called "shaded integer." Shading helps the eye differentiate between warp and weft, and shows the interlacement.
This one in black and white is called "Weave View."
There are also eight levels of fabric simulation, to give the viewer an idea of the density of the threads. The density (sett), can be changed via the "thread pattern" menu.
Here it is again, with the sett increased by about a third.
When sized at 100%, the simulation mode give a nice three dimensional look to the fabric -
The fabric can also be viewed in the integer mode -
In this mode, one square represents one warp or weft thread.
Next time, I'll talk a little about the editing features. Click here for that post.
Posted 16 Jan. 2008 at http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.com
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