To help users get to grips with the new version of Seizenn, I started a series of videos.
They are intended to present the main functions of the tool, to show ways of using it.
The first presents the general interface of the tool as well as the principles of editing a band.
The second shows the use of the grid band editor. https://youtu.be/iUCrduK4Aco
If you need a specific explanation or clarification, I encourage you to leave a comment.
First of all I would like to thank all those who support me for the creation of this tool. It is with great pleasure that I see that it is being used and that it allows many people to experiment with band patterns. It is very motivating to continue.
To celebrate the new book of Annie MacHale, I work back on the next version of the Seizenn pattern editor : https://www.raktres.net/seizenn/v2/
I took into account the two main feedbacks I received :
- First an “undo” button, you can now revert for a few steps ;
- Second an attempt to select the language used in the interface. For the moment you can choose between english, french and spanish. Everything is not translated yet, and as I mainly used an internet translator, I’m not sure everything is fine. If you wish to report mistakes or ask for a new language (danish ?), just leave a comment.
I also tried to extends the instruction page (instruction are not translated into spanish for the moment), mainly to allow users to do the link between the icon buttons and the functions.
An other major improvement is the ability to draw “grid patterns”. The aim and use are a bit different from the traditionnal hexagonal editor.
This tool may not work on old computers. I will therefore make sure to the present version available even when this one would be completely ready.
I hope you will like those improvements and that they will help you for your patterns experiments. Video would be probably needed to show the different functions.
Annie MacHale (https://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/) released a great video where she explains how to use the Seizenn Band pattern editor : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWV1McKtNuM
You also find this link with other tips on her blog : https://aspinnerweaver.blogspot.com/2020/07/how-to-use-pattern-editor.html
While creating my Seizenn Band Weaving Pattern Editor, I exchanged a lot with Annie MacHale (https://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 https://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.
What I like in weaving is that the idea is very simple but ways to achieve it are countless. Even for something as simple as band weaving.
A great subject for handyman.
First you can weave with almost nothing as in backstage weaving. Incredible how much intelligence could fit in a few sticks. At no cost.
Rigid heddle is a bit less rustic.
With two heddles and a pulley you get an African loom, really fast.
Inkle loom need some more materials.
Even if it is just a piece of wood with a few pegs, it is far more complex than backstrap. Some technical difficulties appear such as the tension that bends wood (needed to add additional pieces of wood). And different shapes could be tested.
And so many ways I didn’t explored yet (or explored but with not enough success to take a picture).
You can of course buy a loom. A good looking tool, well designed, nice to use, easy to start with.
But not the pleasure to face the challenge to create your own tools.
I wanted to try rigid heddle. I ordered it on https://shop.stoorstalka.com/en/products/weaving/, and received it quickly with a nice handwritten note.
I then designed a pattern for key ring raktres.net/l/bR (you can also try with the new version of the editor)
Then wove it using the picture from the editor
The pattern quite accurate.
The main difference comes from the size of the yarns that is not rendered.
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.
University of Arizona hosts a great On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics.
More than 400 books, 4000 articles… it’s a wonderful collection. Ressources are mainly in english but also in french, german etc.
Hours of discovery and reading.
Some documents, patterns for example, are hosted by https://www.handweaving.net.
I didn’t used a bag for a long time and lost the strap. So I decided to weave a new one.
Here three examples of latvian patterns found on various pages and reproduced with seizenn pattern editor.