I made an extensive tutorial for Fiberworks. This is software to create weaving designs. I did this by making lots of videos, for which I give the contents here below with a short description of the subjects per video. I’m still working on it, because this software offers so many possibilities, that it takes a while to prepare and record it. So there is more to come!


The version I use in the video’s is Fiberworks PCW (for Windows), version 4.2, Bronze. 

Video 1:

  • Introduction
  • creating a new design
  • opening files with weaving designs and some explaining about dtx, wif and des
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/oeP4ETSUWDE

Video 2:

Video 3:

  • Explanation about the component of the design area:
    • threading: the design of the warp, use of which heddles on which shaft
    • treadling: the design of the use of the treadles for your weft
    • tieup: which treadles are connected to which shafts 
    • coördinates and how Fiberworks counts
    • basic actions for entering the design
    • colors for warp and weft (basics, also see other videos)
    • changing thread thickness (basics, also see other videos)
    • double click to remove changes
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/0YYlATaSuTI

Video 4:

  • Other methods to change thread thickness:
    • use of the keyboard (finetuning thread thickness)
    • through the Warp Thickness or Weft Thickness menu, to quickly change all threads or use a pattern (AB, ABA, ABAB, AABB etc) 
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/YwxmpxvFIVo

Video 5:

  • Zooming in and out
  • Visualize your design in different ways: interlacement and normal cloth
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/DoqUSmWqjH8

Video 6:

  • More ways to visualize your design:
    • watch the back of the design (back view)
    • grid on your design area
    • switch between color and black and white
    • warp- and weft view (warp drawdown en weft drawdown)
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/Rq99a6mbFNk

Video 7:

  • Navigating:
    • using the arrow keys
    • using page up, page down, home and end, also combined with the ctrl-key
    • using the scroll bars
    • using the mouse: from top to bottom, but also left to right, and vice versa
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/bwzQ4Bl97k4

Video 8:

  • Basics for creating a new design:
    • setting the number of shafts and treadles
    • opening more designs at the same time
    • entering the design by mouse (clicking)
    • entering by using the numeric keys on your keyboard and use of the num lock key
    • numeric input when using more than 9 shafts or treadles and use of the scroll lock key
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/VCpmd6c1z-A

Video 9:

  • Tools to quickly enter standard patterns
    • drawing mode: straight, point, line, freehand
    • through the menu: warp fill and weft fill for straight, straight reverse, point en rosepath
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/3UATdOJ3c2E

Video 10:

  • Basics about colors:
    • the color palette 
    • primary and secondary color
    • entering by keyboard and mouse
    • change colors in the palette
    • pick up previously used color
    • remove color from the design (blank out)
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/_reHkUvZwPY

Video 11:

  • Quickly enter standard color patterns  (AB, ABA, ABAB, AABB etc) through the menu: warp colors en weft colors
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/1KNqKBqf4kE

Video 12:

  • Modifying the color palette
  • Set the color palette preference
  • Switching color palettes in an existing design
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/v_HzVzgc8zA

Video 13:

  • Removing or adding threads from and to your design:
    • through the menu or the taskbar buttons
    • adding or removing a single thread or more than one the same time
    • using the keyboard: how the insert,  delete and backspace key work
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/Ikx0hBuLljY

Video 14:

Video 15:

  • Saving your design: as dtx or wif-file
  • How to ignore made changes
  • Making a copy of your design
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/8jlVdrfw8hE

Video 16:

  • Copy, cut and paste
    • of the design, colors and thread thickness
    • from warp to weft and vice versa
    • use of taskbar buttons, menu and shortcut keys
    • from one design to another
    • effect of using different palettes
    • select all menu for copying several components the same time
    • copying the color palette
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/Fhae2t5dw_g

Video 17:

Video 18:

  • Transform: mirroring, rotating and shifting your design of the threading, treadling and tieup
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/H3J8Tksz8mo

Video 19:

Video 20:

  • Make an image of your design and use it in other software:
    • through copy image
    • using windows tools
  • link to the video: https://youtu.be/oFFGC6LO-GU

Video 21: