Digital Tools and Weaving

Digital tools are becoming a common part of the weaver's toolbox. Drafting and design programs let us experiment with digital (virtual) yarns to see what our ideas will look like before we commit yarn to loom. Other software takes us from design through the finished product by driving compu-dobby or computerized Jacquard looms. In fact, weaving helped usher in the digital age. Mechanical Jacquard looms use punched cards to control the sequence of picks, and English mathematician Charles Babbage adopted the concept of punched cards to drive his "analytical engine," a general-purpose computing machine that anticipated the basic workings of modern computers. So in celebration of Mr. Babbage and the fun of digital yarns, here's a random stripe generator that will make a sweet addition to your design toolbox.

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