WeaveMaker User's Manual — Tools Menu
The Tools Window is a small window which floats above the others whenever WeaveMaker is active (see detailed view below). Note: the areas "grayed out" in the illustration below will be covered later in Section 6: "Block Tools."

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Its tools help you manipulate structure and color. You choose a tool by clicking on it. It turns black, confirming your choice. The cursor also changes its shape (to remind you of which tool you have activated) when you position it over apart of the screen where it's appropriate to use the selected tool. So, if you click on the pencil tool, the cursor will remain the standard cursor until you move it over one of the grids in the draft, at shich point the cursor will change to the pencil. This behavior helps you determine where it is appropriate to use the tool. The information below explains all the tools in detail.

ou can move this window around on the screen, or hide it by clicking in its close box. Make it visible again using “Show Tools” in the “Windows” menu.

Use the pencil tool to edit the threading, treadling, tie-up, or peg plan grids. Click with the pencil to attach/detach a thread from a harness, add/remove a tie-up or peg, or edit the treadling. Clicking on a square reverses its color. If you hold the mouse down and move it around, the change occurs in each place the pencil passes over.

Use the Cornucopia to “pour out” weaving elements created by WeaveMaker’s spontaneous pattern generator.

Click on the Cornucopia tool and then position the cursor over any of the grids in the design window (threading, tie-up, treadling, peg plan, or color bar). The cursor changes to a cornucopia. Click and watch WeaveMaker generate a new design. If you click in the threading, WeaveMaker generates a new threading and then draws the new fabric. Its behavior is similar if you click in the tie-up, treadling, or peg plan. If you click in the color bar, you get a new color arrangement. You can click over and over with the Cornucopia; each time you get a new pattern.

Unless you restrict it, the Cornucopia fills the entire grid. You can restrict its range of operation using the marquee tool (please see “Marquee” in the Index for places to find out about using the marquee). If you draw a marquee, the Cornucopia can be used inside the marquee, and whatever pattern it puts there is then repeated following the repeat block rules (please see “Repeat Blocks” in the Index for places to find more about using repeat blocks).

Through the Schemes window you can encourage the Cornucopia to draw certain kinds of patterns (please see “Schemes” in the Index for more about the schemes window). In addition, of course, you have control over where you click with the Cornucopia. For example, if you have already threaded your loom you probably do not want a new threading generated spontane-ously, so you would be careful to avoid clicking in the threading in such a case.

WeaveMaker also has an “automatic” mode where the spontaneous pattern generator (the engine which drives the Cornucopia) creates a complete fabric every few seconds. Each pattern stays on the screen long enough for you to “freeze” it in place if you like it. Please see “Schemes” in the Index for more about automatic spontaneous pattern generation.

Regardless of how you use it, any design created by the spontaneous pattern generator may be further edited, just as you would edit a pattern you created from scratch. All the power of all the WeaveMaker tools is available for making modifications.

This tool marks out portions of the threading, tie-up, treadling, or peg plan grids for manipula-tion by the Block tools (please see “Repeats” in the Index for more about the block tools), the Actions (flip, rotate, invert, and so on), the Copy and Clear commands, and for confining the area of operation of the Cornucopia tool. So, for example, if you wish to clear a portion of a grid, first select the part to be cleared (using the marquee tool) and then invoke Clear from the Edit menu. When a marquee tool is selected the cursor turns into a plus sign (+) which is skinny or fat depending on the scale that is in effect.

Click and drag this cursor in any of the grids in the design window to form a marquee (or “block”). First, click with the plus cursor at one corner of your desired block (illustration below).

Next, keep holding the mouse button down and drag the plus cursor to where you want the other corner of the selection to be. A dashed box will appear as you do this (second illustration below). You have now successfully established a block.

(Although you cannot see it here, when you do this for real you will see the dashed box outline “crawl.” The Macintosh terminology for this is “marquee,” because it’s like the lights around a movie theater or hotel marquee.)

Dismiss the marquee by unchecking the marquee checkbox in the Tools window (please see “Marquee” in the Index for details).

This tool “picks up” a color from the warp or weft colorbar. If you have several colors which are difficult to distinguish among by their appearance on the com-puter screen, the small amounts of color displayed in the warp or weft colorbars are not useful for distinguishing the exact shade of color assigned to a thread. In this situation, use the eyedropper to pick up a color in question. The name of the color is displayed at the bottom of the colorway window. The color is also loaded into the crayon, which may then be used to click the color into other threads.

 Hand (Resize a marquee
Hand (Resize a Marquee) In a grid with an active marquee (please see “Marquee” in the Index for details), this tool changes the size or position of the marquee. Click on the Hand tool and then move the cursor over an existing marquee. The cursor will change to a hand or an arrow. Click and hold down the mouse button (when the cursor is a hand) to reposition the marquee without changing its size. Or, when the cursor is an arrow, click and hold down the mouse button and then move the mouse to change the size of the marquee.

Shortcut: hold down the Option key to temporarily select the Hand tool.

You can also change size of a marquee through the Tools win-dow. Please see “Marquee, resizing” in the Index for details.

The keyboard cursor keys will move a marquee by exactly its width or height. A marquee in the threading, for example, is moved to the left (right) by the left (right) arrow cursor key. If the marquee is 20 threads wide, it will move by 20 threads each time the cursor key is pressed. Simi-larly, the up (down) keyboard cursor keys move a marquee in the weft by exactly its height.

 Hand (Harness shuffle)
In a grid without a marquee, this tool helps you rearrange the order of the grid elements. For example, in the threading grid you can change the order of the harnesses. To do so, click in the threading. The entire harness which is under the fingers of the hand turns blue. Now move the mouse vertically. Notice that you are literally dragging the harness into a new position. Release the mouse when you have moved the harness to its desired new position.

A similar effect is possible in any of the other grids.

Also, note that as you move a grid element around, parallel changes take place in the other grids. This ensures that your shuffling does not change the fabric design one whit.

The shuffle may be used to simplify threadings or treadlings. It can also help you study your design by letting you move harnesses next to each other, which may make it easier to compare them. If you are training an assistant in dobby weaving, the shuffle is a good teaching tool, as it helps illuminate the relationship among the grids.

 Insert Threads
This tool adds one or more threads in either the warp or weft. Click on the tool, then move over the threading, trea-dling, or peg plan. Click at the boundary between two threads and hold the mouse button down. A line appears (green on color monitors). Move the mouse to the side (threading) or vertically (treadling or peg plan) and the grid will open up. Create as much space as you wish for new threads.

 Delete Threads
This tool deletes threads from the warp or weft. Click on the tool, then move the cursor over the threading, treadling, or peg plan. Click next to the thread you want to delete, then move the mouse over the thread while continuing to hold down the mouse button. The thread to be deleted will be darkened (red on color monitors, otherwise black). If you want to delete a group of threads, move the mouse over the entire group. When you release the mouse button, the darkened threads will be deleted.

This tool shifts the threading, treadling, or peg plan left-to-right and top-to-bottom; that is, shifting can occur in any direction as the tool is clicked and dragged. Click on the tool, then click in the threading, treadling, or peg plan and hold the mouse button down. Now move the mouse. As you do so, you will see the contents of the grid shift to follow the mouse.

If used within an active marquee (please see “Marquee” in the Index for details), only the area within the marquee is shifted.

The Wrap tool does not throw anything away; ends or picks shifted out of one end reenter on the opposite end.

 Change Scale
Click in the “Change Scale” box to change the display scale of the design. The letters “T” stand for “ten” and “twelve.” Aside from the obvious change in how much of the drawdown you can see, the only other effect of changing scale is that the float diagrams do not appear at any scale other than 8.

Float Intervals
When displaying all of the floats at once (please see “Floats” in the Loom Menu for details), the colors used to represent various float lengths are set in the Tools window. In the diagram shown below (which also appears in the Tools window), there are three triangles which indicate three float lengths:

the left triangle indicates 3, the middle 5, and right one 8. This means that WeaveMaker will use these rules in showing floats:

  • floats of less than 3 will be in white,
  • floats from 3 to 5 will be in green,
  • floats from 6 to 8 will be in blue,
  • floats of more than 8 will be in red (despite the face that the float scale ends at 15, floats of any amount above 8 will be in red, even floats of more than 15).