Network Drafting: A New Generation at CW Seminars 2014 June 28-30, Tacoma WA. A complete review of Network Drafting with ProWeave, Photoshop, and plain old graph paper & pencil. Draft your own curved designs for dobby: twills, satins, double weave, other. Break away from the block!
Granite Rocks at CW Seminars 2014 June 28-30, Tacoma WA. Explore granite, the family of satin-based texture weaves for dobby and jacquard. Flexible but sturdy, close relatives of corkscrew twills; learn to draft your own.
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.
Although this one is very simple, it suggests possibilities for some interesting dobby designs to me. For one thing, I might try to stripe the warp so that each square of warp floats came up a different color. I would vary weft sequence so that each horizontal band of diagonal spots came up a different color. I might eliminate the pink spots so that fewer shafts were needed. Hm-m-m, it's beginning to get intriguing. Here's my first sketch. 10 shafts. You will probably come up with some more ideas.
I needed some quick 8-shaft network drafting samples on the only available loom. My 40-shaft loom is set up in straight draw, as always these days. I found a threading that repeats on 40 ends, and voilà, my 8-shaft simulation.
There are all sorts of patterns in my life the past few days. Some of them are very regular and predictable, like this waiting room upholstery:
Other patterns, while predictable, reveal themselves only under certain lighting conditions:
But the patterns that speak to me loudest now are the showy dogwoods in my neighborhood. This is their week to shine. True, there is a strict pattern in the radial symmetry, but that is where their regularity ends. They just explode all over the place! I don't know which I prefer, the white ones…