Sunday, 31 October 2021

Translating Tablet Weaving Draft Designer (TDD)

When you load Tablet Weaving Draft Designer, it checks what you have set as your primary language on your system and if it can, it will use that language. It currently only supports English and Japanese, defaulting to English if neither of those is your primary. Earlier this year, Riko122 kindly messaged us with the offer to write a Japanese translation of the TDD interface. If anyone else out there would be willing to help with translations into any more languages, we'd love to hear from you! 

You don't need to be a programmer to help with this, you just need to be familiar with the equivalent terms for the different TDD labels in the language that you're translating them into. If you message us the translated terms, we'll walk you through adding them to the code.


  1. Hi Catherine, firstly, thank you for this excellent blog and the phenomenal TDD tool. They are invaluable.

    I have a question and a suggestion.

    I am looking for other fibres to use in tablet weaving. In your recent YouTube video you use a Rayon thread (thanks for that), and it got me wondering if overlocker thread (polyester) can be used effectively?

    My suggestion is for your blog site. I wanted to post a question, the one above, but I could find no way to actually ask the question without it being a comment to one of your posts. Perhaps including a widget in the sidebar allowing questions might increase usability and traffic. I know I'd use it.

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for your comments about TDD and my blog. I just wish they'd been around back when I was learning to weave!

      With regards to thread, I've woven with polyester sewing threads before and as long as they're reasonable quality, there shouldn't be any problem. There's a type of overlocker thread that's a little elastic and is fuzzy when not under tension that I generally wouldn't recommend, as it looks like you'd be fighting against it the whole time.

      For questions, I've added a link to a dedicated page where people can ask questions in the comments box to the list of links in the Resources section on the right-hand side of my blog. I'd like to keep them public so that people can access the past answers as a resource.