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Peg Plan Art

Peg plan art is really up my alley.
I’m working through The Woven Pixel and having major fun designing painterly peg plans. Using Photoshop allows an artistic approach even though the methods of achieving this never stray far from the structural considerations needed in designing a woven fabric. My peg plans can only be 24 squares wide as this is the limit of shafts available on my loom. However it can be as long as manageable which allows a distinctly rectangular design area to play with.

A peg plan (or lift plan) is a line by line recipe for which shafts to lift or leave behind to achieve a whole design.The more shafts the greater the design potential for patterning in this way.

I’m weaving this design now so hopefully I’ll have some photos of an actual product soon. This is the major downside of being addicted to computers – it leaves less time for actually doing things in the real world!

24 shaft broken twill pattern using Photoshop to develop the peg plan.

The first line drawn with a paint brush tool. Fluid images can be drawn this way.

Line adjusted using the vertical offset filter to match the top and bottom of the line.

Finally the line is adjusted with the horizontal offset filter to check the design flow horizontally. A shear filter is added.


The final peg plan after warp faced and weft faced broken twill patterns have been assigned in Photoshop then transported into Fiberworks sketchpad ready to be used with a threading.

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  1. This is soooo tempting! The first decision I have to make is what weaving software to buy. I have downloaded several and I think that Fiberworks has the most versatility. Is this your opinion too?

    June 4, 2007
  2. I tried it with Fiberworks the free demo version and an open source graphics software: PhotoFiltre. It works beautifully. Thanks so much for this post. I think I am going to buy Fiberworks after all…….

    June 4, 2007
  3. Thank you for this excellent explanation, Kaz. You’ve really found a creative niche with this computer design stuff!

    June 4, 2007
  4. Thanks Leigh – I know you know how useful computers can be!
    Laritza – That is fantastic that you were able to use PhotoFiltre to open up an image in Fiberworks. I have used Fiberworks for many years – even before they had a windows version and I really like it. The developers Bob Keates and Ingrid Boesel are very generous and helpful to weavers.

    June 4, 2007
  5. You are the first weaver to come along that makes me interested in complex weaving!

    You just left a comment on my blog about rejoining us plain weavers. Ha! I think we should collaborate.

    June 5, 2007
  6. Have just been designing in Photoshop with your above instructions – fantastic! I really need the help of The Woven Pixel though I think. I have a 16H AVL dobby and have always been interested in pixel designing. Yes, does not help the weaving progress to be addicted to computers! Your weaving is absolutely beautiful.

    August 5, 2007

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