Marcy Petrini writes and teaches to preserve her crafts.
|Quick Draw Software|
postscript: March, 2023
The wonderful thing about teaching weaving, besides meeting great weavers, is that I always learn something. Earlier this month I was in San Diego offering two workshops to two talented group of weavers (with overlapping memberships): the San Diego Creative Weavers’ Guild and the Palomar Handweavers and Spinners Guild.
While attending one of the workshops, Liz Jones showed me the drawdown software that her engineer husband, Scott Jones, wrote for her. And even nicer than knowing about it, is using it! So far is available for Windows platforms with more to come, he says. It is free (with no ads!) available for downloading from Scott’s website:
The software is really intuitive to use, but if you are new to drawdown software, there is a YouTube Channel that provides a tutorial. The videos are also accessible from the website above.
When you download the file to your computer, you may get questions about whether it is safe to do so. That’s a pretty common question asked by a computer system when downloading what we call “executable files” – files that do functional operation. It is perfectly safe to download Scott’s software, I have done it. Many of you know how ticky I am about clicking on links, etc. for fear of being hacked. Scott’s software is safe, he is one of the good guys.
So click through the warnings pages, unzip the files that get downloaded and run the quickdraw.exe file to operate the software.
Marcy has been teaching classes sponsored by the Craftsmen’s Guild of MS, since 1981.
Weaving, and spinning classes are currently offered at the MS Craft Center, 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland, MS.
All needed equipment is available to currently enrolled students. Extensive handouts are provided for all classes. Supplies for beginners are also provided.
For information about schedules, cost, and registration, please download this PDF flyer or call the Mississippi Craft Center at 601-856-7546.
She also offers Zoom experiences - classes, talks, and even workshops.
Although so last century, Marcy also travels to teach onsite!
Marcy Sells - Monographs
Marcy's Bookstore is the place to buy - click here!
Weaving - Basics
Beginning Weaving: The Very First Project
96 pages; 202 illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-9965577-0-2. $30 print. $16 eBook.
Planning a Project: Weaving Structure, Color, Yarn and Sett
97 pages; 143 illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-9965577-1-9. $30 print. $18 eBook.
Avoiding & Correcting Weaving Errors
139 pages; 251 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-04-1. $35.00 print. $18 eBook.
Spinning on a Flyer Wheel
47 pages; 70 illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-9965577-6-4. $20 print. $10 eBook.
by Terry Dwyer
82 pages; 87 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-09-6. $30.00 print. $12 eBook
78 pages; $40 print.
Individual PDF pages available online - click here!
There is Nothing Plain About Plain Weave
74 pages; 137 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-06-5. $25 print. $12 eBook.
121 pages; 226 illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-9965577-3-3. $35 print. $20 eBook.
From Four to More
92 pages; 142 illustrations. ISBN: 978-0-9965577--5-7. $30 print. $18 eBook
Structure and Function
150 pages; 158 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-01-0. $40 print. $24 eBook.
Rectangular Float Weaves
77 pages; 233 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-13-3. $30 print. $20 eBook.
Tied Unit Weaves
100 pages; 160 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-14-0. $35 print. $25 eBook.
Weaving - Themes
Critiquing Our Work
26 pages; 32 illustrations, 11 appendices. ISBN: 978-1-945732-12-6. $20 print. $10 eBook.
Year of Wonder
66 pages; 124 illustrations. ISBN: 978-1-945732-07-2. $25 print. $12 eBook.
Marcy writes in order to teach and she teaches in order to write.
Classes, seminars and talks are all improved by instruction manuals, monographs and other kinds of handouts. In turn, students have been an inexhaustible source of novel and challenging questions, which in turn have led to new monographs, "Right from the Start" articles and revisions of existing works.
“Writing allows me to focus on a topic and adds clarity to my thinking. By finding different ways to organize the material, I find better methods to present it to the reader as well as to teach my students.”