While creating my Seizenn Band Weaving Pattern Editor, I exchanged a lot with Annie MacHale (http://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/) to try to offer a simple and efficient tool for weavers. As one of the first users, she did very interesting things with it. Her book of course – https://www.etsy.com/fr/listing/658320160/inkle-weaving-design-book-par-annie – but also some posts on her blog (for example http://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/2020/04/baltic-pickup-part-two.html).
She told me that when she presents this tool, new users are frequently confused by very basic tricks. I tried times ago to write some instructions on this blog but they are obviously not sufficient.
As I am working on an major update, Annie very kindly proposed to me few days ago to write basic instructions for beginners. And she improved it after presenting it to some of her friends.
She did a great job, on 4 pages you have enough instructions to let you understand how the tool works and it gives you keys to continue to explore it by themselves.
You can get it here : Instructions for using V1 Seizenn by Annie MacHale
With her permission I will translate it into french. And adapt it and include it directly into the next version.
Annie sent me a copy of her book https://www.etsy.com/shop/ASpinnerWeaver. I’m very happy that the pattern editor could have helped her to write such a great book.
I then decided to update and simplify the seizenn editor. You can found a test version on http://www.raktres.net/seizenn/v2/editor.html, I need some feedbacks before I could replace the present version.
Some improvements :
- new look
- drag and drop for colors
- a “value” button, to view a pattern in black and white (page 8 of Annie’s book)
- a button to load a pattern from a short code
- and few other things
Fell free to send comments if you find bugs or if something doesn’t work the way you would like to.
Hope you will like it.
The pattern editor is design as an offline tool. You can save it on your computer and design your bands even if you are not connected to the internet. But then, it’s a bit difficult to share your pattern.
There is a new tool for those who have an account on the blog. If you save you pattern using the button on the left menu, you get a short link and a control code. You can then register your pattern on this page http://www.raktres.net/blog/seizenn-register-a-pattern/ (you can get it on the top menu “Inkle loom pattern editor”/”Register a pattern”).
During the registration procedure, you choose if you want to keep you pattern private or share it.
You then have acces to the public gallery and to your private gallery.
If you created a pattern few times ago, the tool didn’t gave you the control code. If you want to register such pattern, please leave me a comment with the short codes.
Registered users of this blog have now acces to a tool to compare two patterns side by side.
The new version is online with three improvements :
- dual color wrap
- keyboard shorcuts
- display parameters
Pattern editor had been modified a bit few days ago. This post aims to list the most visible improvements.