I'm Alice Schlein, a weaver and book maker in South Carolina. Occasionally I write about Photoshop, Network Drafting, bread baking, and whatever else strikes my fancy. Thanks for stopping by! Comments are welcome.
The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop® Co-authored by Alice Schlein and Bhakti Ziek. 362 pages, many illustrations. Now available for free download on handweaving.net. The accompanying CD with 1400 pattern presets is not included with the free download, but may be purchased separately. Email me at aschlein[at]att[dot]net for more information.
Network Drafting: An Introduction By Alice Schlein. Break away from the block. Curves for your dobby loom. Originally published in 1994, now available as print-on-demand from www.lulu.com.
A Crepe Is Not Just a Pancake 52 pages of text, b&w and color diagrams, and drafts for multishaft tradle & dobby looms. Many color photos of actual cloth. Methods for drafting your own crepe weaves. Annotated bibliography. Pdf available for immediate download. $21. USD. Payment by PayPal. Email me at aschlein[at]att[dot]net for payment instructions.
Echo Weave Based on the 1996 article in Weaver's, Issue 32. With brand new diagrams and high resolution scans of original fabrics. Pdf available for immediate download. $7. USD. Payment by PayPal. Email me at aschlein[at]att[dot]net for payment instructions.
After three unweavings, which collectively took more time than the weaving itself, the 26" of tablet woven hatband are finished and installed on the hat. Click to enlarge. This project did much to build character in the weaver.
Still pursuing ease with the tablets. My goal is to weave a band long enough to go around a cowboy hat, with no detectable mistakes, in a technique with groups of forwards and backwards turning tablets (two packs) at the same time. If you've been there, you know what I mean. When I'm able to do that, then I'll try one with individually weighted border warps. That's what the big girls (and guys) do. It's always good to have goals. Meanwhile there's this. Three inches, no mistakes.
In shopping news, the Thanksgiving produce supervisors are putting out their holiday displays. There was this beautiful bin of Granny Smith apples yesterday. Don't you just hate it when they put those sticky labels on the fruit & veggies?
If I had nothing better to do, I could spend some time eliminating the labels with Photoshop. But I'd rather work on the hatband instead. There's a cowboy waiting.
The tablet weaving part of my weaving year has come around again. What I'm trying to do this time is rationalize (i.e., make rational) a system for warping and designing my own patterns in which a single thread is set against a background of three contrasting threads in each card. There are several good publications and articles about how to do this, but unfortunately (as all tablet weavers know) there is no standardization of drafting formats in the tablet weaving world. Well, I think I've figured it out to the point where I can explain it to someone else. I will eventually share it, and in so doing, probably add to the confusion :-)
The weaving, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward, unless, as happened this morning, I am interrupted by a robocaller telling me that I've won a free cruise to the Bahamas. If you look carefully at the following, you will see exactly where this occurred.
As it was pretty near the beginning, I decided against trying to correct it, and just barged ahead and ignored the error. I have enough warp so that the bad section can simply be excised.