Generating the weave blanket
Some designers say that they do not need a CAD, because they figure it all in their head. We can not say that it is not true, but it can only happen after many years of experience, and if you only do one type of fabrics all the time. Normal people like us need all the help as we can get, either from the CAD program like ArahWeave, or by doing many many trials on the loom.
How can we automate trials on the loom by using the CAD? We can make a weave blanket. It is an old weaver’s practice to weave a sample fabric, made of many different weaves, as a decision tool for weave selection. Each weave section has a name or number woven for a reference. They create the so called weave blanket as a normal Jacquard fabric: draw a color image, replace color areas with weaves, and weave a fabric. The following image shows a part of a weave blanket, so that you know, what we are talking about.
Obviously, it is a lot of work to make a weave blanket, even with a CAD. Almost like drawing a calendar. Many design studios do it for publicity. But only once a year.
ArahWeave lets you create a Jacquard weave blanket in a matter of seconds. Still, you have to create the weaves on your own.
Load any indexed (8-bits per pixel) image into the Jacquard conversion window, and choose Weave blanket as a type of conversion.
Program automatically includes weave file name in each weave section. So you need to choose a weave for filename letters, and a weave for the filename background. Both weaves should be same type as the weaves, which will be included in the weave blanket. To load weaves, open Browse from the Choose weaves menu of the Jacquard conversion window. In the Browse window navigate to a directory, where the weaves which you want to weave, are located. Load a weave for background in the first color tab, and weave for letters in the second one. You should use contrasting weaves, so that you will be able to read the weave name.
There are four general settings in the Weft blanket conversion:
In the following example we use 2400 warps, and 2160 wefts. The weave blanket will have six columns, and twelve rows, so the resulting weave blanket will contain 72 weaves. The size of each weave will be 400 warps (2400/6), and 270 wefts (2160/12). Program will use 36 wefts for woven filenames. The title on the top will contain text: “Made by ArahWeave”.
By clicking with mouse on the weave in the Browse window, you select the first weave in the the weave blanket fabric (starting from bottom left corner).
Then just click OK in the Jacquard conversion window, and the program will generate the Jacquard weave according to your specifications. The picture below shows the weave blanket simulation. All that remains to be done is to make a Jacquard file for the loom, and actually weave it.
We first implemented this feature after suggestion of late Franco Gunetti on 5th of July 2000. It was originally done with normal shirting weaves, but later it proved to be equally useful on gobelin weaves.