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Software for Crafters: software

Textile Design Software
Computers & Looms
We now use software for much of our design work, but did you know that computers and looms have much more in common?

Mathematics & Weaving
Information about the relationship between mathematics, weaving and textile design.

Weave It Pro
A review of the Weave It Pro software demo.

Knitting Software
Software for both hand and machine knitters.

CAD/CAM systems for weaving with step-by-step problem oriented tutorials, free downloadable demo, manuals in PDF.

Symmetry Works is a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that lets you make surface pattern designs.

Cameron Fibre Arts
Pro Weave, designed by a handweaver, is a textile design program with capability to handle up to 64 shafts.

Cochenille Design Studio
Cochenille Design Studio’s software products include Stitch Painter that can design patterns based on a grid and Garment Styler for designing your own handwoven clothing..

DB Weave
Brunold Software has design software (Windows/PC based only) for both weaving and beadwork. They offer a 30 day free trial of their products.

Designer Software
Designer Software are the makers of Weavemaker One, Weavemaker Professional and Surface Magic, software for both hobby and professional weavers.

Fiberworks PCW
Fiberworks PCW has weaving design software for entry level to advanced computer weavers. The demo version can also be used to view some of the drafts displayed in our Forum.

Knitware Design
I love this software for designing handknit sweaters. It works great for my handspun yarns. I knit a test swatch, type in the gauge, needle size and select the sweater design I want.

Knitting Patterns
This is an online knitting wizard for designing your own knitted patterns. I found that it works best using the Chrome browser.

Maple Hill Software’s PWS Patternland Weave Simulator is for drafting woven structure and tapestry-style designs.

QD.WIF is a program for the Mac that allows sharing of drafts between programs: WIF format files and WeaveMaker One, Macintosh ProWeave and WeavePoint v.4.

Tim’s Rudimentary Treadle Reducer
Do you suffer from treadle envy? This online software may be able to reduce the number of treadles that you require for your design.

Weave It and WeaveIt Pro
I especially like the project costing feature of this software.

Weave Point Software
Weave Point’s new version includes Tex and Denier yarn calculations, Tromp-as-Writ, a library of common threadings and other additions and adjustments.

Yxendis has an interesting collection of software for the weaver, spinner and textile artist: drafting, calibrated colour for the screen and printer, and creation of classic and fancy yarns.

Textile Design Software from Amazon

StashWiz for Knitters/Crocheters – For PC
Stash Wiz helps you keep track of your yarns and patterns

Pc Stitch 9.0
PC Stitch 9.0 creates cross stitch patterns from your photos.

Hobbyware Pattern Maker Cross Stitch Software -Standard Version-Version 4.0
Hobbyware Pattern Maker converts your images or clip art into a cross stitch design.

Instant Stitch 1.0
Software designed to help knitters, crocheters, and stitchers create patterns for stitching, sweaters, and children’s clothes. Users can take their own scanned photos, digital camera images, or any graphic file and turn them into stitch patterns instantly.
UK: Instant Stitch

Sweater Wizard 3.0 Sweater Charting Software
Step-by-step guide through the knitting of a successful sweater. CD features hundreds of new styling combinations: saddle shoulders, funnel necks, bell sleeves, hour glass shaping, in-the-round top-down.
UK: Sweater Wizard

Knitting Math Wizard Software-
Knitting math wizard will calculate increases decreases buttonholes yardages pattern placement and gauge.
UK: Knitting Math Wizard

Keep track of your knitting stitches on your android phone.
UK: County

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Weaving Software – Weavit: aa071697


WeaveIt 2.0 is a weaving program for creating threading, treadling and tie-up drafts. It works with both Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. I downloaded the demo version from Canyon Art

This article is not an endorsement of the software, rather just my opinion of the demo version.

In the demo version, printing, and saving features are turned off so I am unable to display the various screens. I found the software quite self explanatory and easy to work with.

In the Loom Setup screen, you can specify your type of loom, jack(rising shed) or counterbalance(sinking shed), the number of shafts and number of pedals and whether you are using metric in your calculations.

The Project Setup screen allows you to enter the date, project description, amount of shrinkage, loom waste, sett and ppi. A feature that I liked was that if you enter the length and width of the warp, it calculates the finished length and width of the project.

A Yarn List screen allows you to enter each type of yarn you are using, with descriptions of colour, name, and vendor information. Cost and yardage information can be entered either in cost and yardage per pound or per skein. These values are then used to compute the total cost of the project, broken down by warp and weft cost.

The Edit screens for entering the threading and tie-ups were also simple to use. When entering a threading, repeats could easily be copied and pasted or flipped. Tie-up threadings could be inverted for rising or sinking sheds.

The demo version also allows you to only work on it for 15 minutes at a time, so it took several attempts, before I was able to complete a test of the software. I found that a bit annoying, however, I can understand the developer’s method of protecting her work. It is worth a try, before you decide on your software purchase, to see if it meets your needs.

WeaveIt and WeaveIt Pro
I have used this software for several years now. I have found the project costing feature to be invaluable. Since I am now running Windows 7, I have upgraded to the latest version, and use it on a regular basis.

Weaving and Textile Design Software

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Table Loom

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Large four harness table top weaving loom - used

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Vintage Wood Rug Weaving Loom W/ Attached Bench

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