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Woven cloth is so common these days that many of us take it for granted. But even a moment's examination of an everyday cloth like denim reveals some beautiful patterns. Weavers create cloth on a mechanical device called a loom. I describe the basics of weaving. My motivation is to discover new ways to create attractive visual patterns. Of course, nothing can beat actually going out and creating real, woven fabrics. The goal isn't to replace weaving, but to use the ideas of weaving to create software tools for making patterns.