How to Assemble Sections to Generate a New Design
Sections of Warp and Weft are marked. Once marked, they are grouped and repeated. The Refresh button will show calculated sizes based on the ends per inch and picks per inch defined in Project Information. It's easy to change the number of repeats, click refresh and get the sizing just like you want. Once you are ready to give your design a "go", click Go from any of the sections to generate a new WIF based on your selections. Either close the generated WIF, make some tweaks and try again, or if you like what you see, save it!
Remember that you need to include a Group and at least one section in both Warp and Weft before clicking "Go".
Available sections that have been marked are always shown at the top under available sections. The following example is a huck lace design where each 5-thread threading and treadling unit has been defined for each section along with 2-thread plain weave.
To help eliminate confusion between warp and weft assembly, the Available Sections title is red for Weft Assembly and green for Warp Assembly.
You can elect to have only one group for your design, or multiple groups as needed. Sections are dragged into groups in the desired order. Sections may be reused in multiple positons within groups. Both sections and groups may be repeated more than once.
First create a group by clicking Add Group. The group will be added where you "drop it". It's easy to reorder a groups by changing the order number.
To drag a section into a group, select by clicking the section and drag to the desired position below.
The following screenshot shows a design with many sections. Notice that the thread number range (location) shows to the right.
These sections can be renamed at any time as described in the Marking Sections. They can also be edited here by double clicking the section.
When a large number of sections are available, it's helpful to use the scroll bars as well as to drag the divider line (pointed to by the red arrow below) to resize the available sections area and the section assembly area below. Also keep the window maximized to allow the scroll bars to be visible.
Again, if you drop sections in the wrong order you can change the order column on the section.
After changing the order column on groups or sections, tab or click into another row and click refresh to complete the reorder process.
Click to select the group or section and press delete to delete the group or section in the assembly area.
When working with your design, it's useful to frequently generate a WIF to check your progress. The "Go" button shown in the following screen will generate a new WIF using your warp and weft section assembly and any color information. The new WIF opens in a new window and is untitled. Simply close the window (control-W is a convenient command) to return to your assembly process without saving the generated WIF. If you like what you see, you can save the generated WIF.
Sections Defined - Ready to Test by Clicking GO
It's easy to adjust repeats on groups and sections in the warp and weft to get to the size you want for your generated WIF. Be sure to have your EPI and PPI defined in under Project Information-Planning so that the Length and Width is calculated accurately. In the sample above, with the grouped sections and repeats, the total WIF length is 8.3 inches. If you change the EPI and PPI in your design, click Refresh to recalculate the calculations.
When changing groups and number of repeats, be sure to click "Refresh" to update the calculated number of threads and length. For example, if tweaking stripe repeats for a towel that you want to be 20" in the reed, you can quickly get a calculation by clicking "Refresh" and seeing the width in the reed. Likewise, on the Weft tab, the "Refresh" button will relcalculated the length.
Warp and Weft colors can also be grouped and repeated to save a lot of time in generating colors in the WIF. The default uses the colors from the drawdown. If "Use Color from Drawdown" is selected, then the colors are brought forward from the marked sections.
However if "Enable Color Assembly" is selected, you have the option to create groups, drag multiple colors from the palette into the groups and repeat both the colors and groups multiple times.
The following example shows Warp Threads in a repeating color sequence. Only one group has been used in this example and it's used only once (no repeats). The individual colors, however, do have repeats. The number of threads is shown at 170 total at the top of the group, and the threads and width column are calculated and the width is derived using the SETT as provided under planning in project information. There are more colors than will fit on the screen, so a scroll bar is provided at the right.
Scroll down and at the end, you have the total number of threads and the total width (or length if using Weft Color Assembly) is shown.