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.
I found a bag of fiber at the bottom of my spinning basket. It's a Jacob roving, with the characteristic black & white coloration. It's very entertaining to spin.
I'm going to use it as singles weft. In order to tame the twist so that it doesn't go all snarly when I start to weave with it, I wind it on my PVC niddy noddy, dunk it in hot water, and leave it to air dry.
Another new book cover. I've decided to reverse the dark and light values of the two pattern wefts. That's not the odd part. The odd part is that when I purchased the roving to spin the weft, it looked very green. I was looking for green! But after I spun it, it looked distinctly blue. Very puzzling. I'm using it anyway. It's actually a lovely shade of robin's egg blue. Shrubbery can be blue, can't it?
My spinning is quite haphazard. Every once in a while there is a bit of overspin that doesn't come out in the blocking. No one knows it's there except me (and now you). It's one of those little surprises that announces made by hand. If you click to enlarge, you can see the little overtwisted bit, like a pig's tail, just in the center of the picture.