I am an artist whose medium is weaving. The first version of this website was put up in 1996 so that I could share information on loom controlled shibori with a weaver on another coast. Later that year, I created the Weavers Guild of Boston website, which I maintained through early 2000.
I was a professional software developer for almost 40 years. I worked as a web developer from 1997 until 2021.
I began writing weaving software for my own use in 1996 to fill in gaps between commercial weave design programs. After my class at RISD, I did not want to lose the drafts I had created in class using WeavePoint. Support for WIF text files had recently been added in my main weaving program, Swiftweave. The first weaving program I wrote translated WeavePoint and ProWeave drafts into WIF drafts. It was named QDWif (the QD stood for Quick and Dirty) and was available on this website as freeware. Commercial weaving programs eventually added support for WIF, so the need for QDWif disappeared.
To help myself design drafts for double weave pickup, I created my first weaving web app. An improved version of of this web app, Multi-weft Double Weave Drafter, is available on this website.
While waiting for my TC-1 loom to arrive, I wrote a weaving program named Wif2Tiff that read WIF files and generated TIFF image files. I planned to use it to create weave image files to import into ArahWeave PE. Wif2Tiff was available on this website for several years. It has been replaced by my web application, WIF Visualizer.
While Bhakti Ziek and Alice Schlein were working on their book The Woven Pixel, they asked me to write a weaving program to translate Jacquard card images into Staubli JC5 files. This collaboration resulted in the program Gif2BeljenJC5 that translated GIF card images designed for the Beljen Mills’ jacquard loom into JC5 files. This program was available on this website until Beljen Mills closed down. Writing Gif2BeljenJC5 led me to weaving several of my own designs at Beljen Mills.