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The Next Issue

Here we are, living in the second decade of the twenty-first century, still practicing ancient and timeless fiber arts.  The topic I’d like to explore for the next issue is how the computer (and the computer age) has influenced what we do and how we do it.

We have all heard and passed on that “the first use of computer technology was the Jacquard loom developed in the 17th century”.  Since that time, and especially now that the personal computer has become a must-have item in most of our homes, I would like to hear how you utilize computer technology while practicing the fiber arts.

Computerized looms are popular but not something everyone owns.  If you do have one, how has it changed your weaving?  There are many programs available for weavers, knitters and other fiber artists.  Which ones do you like, how do you use them and which ones do you share with other artists?

Or–maybe the ability to share your work and ideas through web sites and social media has encouraged you to try techniques and sparked new ideas.

On the more practical side, do you use computer power to help keep track of your stash,  keep your books, or file patterns?  Do you keep a list of websites that have been particularly helpful?

Now is the time to share your computer wisdom.  If you would like to contribute to the Winter issue,  let me know.  By the way, if you have something else to share that doesn’t reference computers, I’d like to hear about that, too, and publish your thoughts.

I’m looking forward to hearing from many of you,

Judy Fisher, Editor

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