Submitted by Erica J on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 05:30 I thought in the last few days before Halloweave begins, I would start this thread to discuss our favorite design tools. What do you use to gather inspiration, choose colours, make your draft, etc.? Log in or register to post comments Comments Posted on Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:41 While prepping to dye soy silk weft For a soy silk painted warp I am beaming, I decided to purchase color aid papers. Which led to this discovery I am interested in trying-Josef Albers Interaction of Color app for Ipad which Yale University Press released to mark the 50th anniversary of the original text book. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/interaction-color-by-josef/id664296461?mt=8 Would love to try it, if I had an Ipad :( However, I do love the Grid'N WeavIt software. Posted on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 03:56 Design Tools To get ideas I usually look at weaving magazines, drafts, internet weaving photos, fashion magazines, any kind of fabric. I usually make scarves, shawls and wearables. A couple of years ago I was inspired by some necklaces to design a scarf. There is so much inspiration everywhere! Sometimes I start with color - and sometimes I start with a weaving draft. Sometimes I start by wondering if something is possible and then work on doing it. When I feel the need to look for inspiration I look at old weaving magazines or books. The important thing is to play! Stephanie S Posted on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 21:34 I agree with Stephanie, the I agree with Stephanie, the important thing is to play! I like to take photos of nature, moss, rocks, flowers, butterflies etc. i then get out my color aid papers ( a high quality colored paper that comes in a set of over a 100 colors I would guess, or colored pencils and water colors ) and sort out the colors of the photo I really like. I start cutting out strips of colored paper remembering color theory and proportion of size and color, and work until I either have a pleasing stripe or block sequence ( designing for the floor loom, tapestry process is diff. For me) I also choose tints and tones of the colors in the photo. I then go through my yarn stash looking for colors and TEXTURES. Oftentimes I don't have the right colors but I can get the right colors. I also start thinking about weave structure . i also go to as many museums as possible and study how artists use color! proportion and texture. I also find inspiration from old Chinese vases, Native American Craft and art and Pacific Northwest cedar boxes dancing blankets and drawing style. I could go on and on, interesting topic!