Category Archives: Software

Techonology Overload

We had to buy a car, I mean we really had to do something.  I loved my little Volvo for 14 years but it was time.  Looking at the new cars after driving this 14 year old sweetie was like walking into a new century.  Really??? I have to put my foot on the brake to get this car started?  And what is that little black button on the door handle ?  etc. But the killer was that I also needed a new phone.  The darn car would not work with my old phone, just too old.  Clearly you can see the issues here…

The technology push extends to the weaving world.  I have been working on learning Pro Weave with Dini Cameron who conducts online workshops to teach this very different approach to designing drafts.  Also I finally splurged and went with Photoshop Creative Cloud and got a new version of Symmetry Shop by Artlandia.   There were not big changes but at this point…. I think I was muttering something about “don’t move my cheese”, clearly chaffing under the self imposed “new”.

Onto happier thoughts… the loom is warped with two different variegated yarns from Just Our Yarn.  The threading is two interleaved advancing twills.  Ah, the wonderful Pro Weave Twill Databank, it is a large black hole of time but so much fun.  I used the threading on the vest shown in an earlier post and the twill databank to create drafts.  I  wanted to see what would happen with the variegated yarns.  I also wanted to see if this fancy new phone could take decent pictures.   I had thought I was going to use the gold and silver that are the first two samples.  Nope.

My daughter breezed through, looked at the samples and said it had to be the blue, so Maxfield Parrish.

I don’t know how people work with the small samples.  I never know if I will like something till I take if off the loom, finish it and let it sort of sit and look at me for about a month.

Happy to be weaving!



Weaving with Friends

This is a post about organizing regional gatherings for weavers, specifically, members of Complex Weavers.

It must have been sometime in August when I learned that Bhakti Ziek would be coming to the San Francisco area in January.  I started a conversation with Bhakti immediately about subject matter, target audience, etc.  We decided on a two pronged approach, one for experienced Photoshop users and one for those who are curious about the process.   I then needed to alert and lure as many as possible to take these workshops to cover the cost of the venue, the teacher and travel.  I provided housing for Bhakti, one of the best advantages of organizing!  I had the membership list from CW, access to the Yahoo list for Northern CA, the CW website and newsletter, and our guild newsletter.

Finding a venue in this area is not for the faint of heart, especially at the prices we want to pay, but I did find one, 5 minutes from home for the 2 day advanced class.  That venue needed to be close to a hotel, restaurants, transportation.  The one day event took place at our regular guild venue in San Francisco, no special requirements. All that is left to do is set the price based on a simple budget, and then follow up with details..

The reward?  A great class, learned a lot, brought a wonderful group together who mentioned the possibility of the “first annual…”.



The one day group was in fact two groups, AM a larger number who were introduced to Bhakti’s work, the PM group, a subset of people who wanted to see how Photoshop works for weavers.  They were too busy to get a photo!

One more reward, woven by Bhakti.

Bhakti's weaving


Staving Off Dementia

I have been glued to the computer monitor this week.  In an effort to change work habits, a bit of pot stirring effort to  prod some creativity, I purchased ProWeave .   It is a wonderfully different program from my beloved WeavePoint  and WeaveIt .   Additionally, Dini Cameron is currently leading an online study group to help us newbies learn the intricacies of designing with ProWeave.

How is this staving off dementia?  Well for one thing, with drawing!  We have to draw!  I don’t draw.  When I learned to use Photoshop some years ago I thought I would have to learn to draw, but no, I learned a number of clever ways to cheat, to develop pattern without drawing, you understand, sort of work arounds.  I have not yet discovered how to do that in ProWeave.

This is my first attempt with the some of the drawing tools.  It makes me think dementia has already inched in.


Learning new software is a challenge and it is frustrating.  More important for me though, it is fun.  It’s a new tool and I love tools.  New tools force me to think differently.  They change what I do, how I do it, and the end point.

Wonder if all the hype about keeping your brain active, learning, etc, to avoid mental deterioration has any basis in reality.  Don’t think I will tempt fate.