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.
Explorations in Double Twill Two-hour lecture at the Complex Weavers Southeast Gathering. June 17-18, 2017, at the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room. For more information on the Gathering, click on above link.
Spin Your Own Yarn Jan. 17 - Mar. 13. Learn to use the simple drop spindle to spin your own woolen yarn for knitting, crochet, or weaving. This hand tool of prehistoric origin is inexpensive, portable, and easy to use. Create a mid-weight yarn suitable for garments, accessories, and household items. Pack all your spinning supplies in a lunchbag-sized tote and take it with you on vacation! Click on Winter Brochure 2017.
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.
Trying to put aside the news from Washington & Wall St., at least for a little while. Here at Pt. Judith, RI, we have just missed the Block Island ferry, and are walking on the beach instead. It's a nice place to spend the New Year. Best wishes to all!
Overcast days are wonderful for color photography. The colors are super-saturated. Today was such a day in Norwich, Connecticut, as we donned our rain ponchos and took to the country roads.
At the Norwich Memorial Rose Garden in Mohegan Park, the last of the roses were enjoying a drenching rain, and we dodged the very aggressive mosquitoes for half an hour in order to photograph the late blooms.
This morning at WEBS was so much fun that I forgot to take pictures. I was running around looking for 8" dpn's (which I found), and finding 3 more skeins of wool to finish knitting a vest for which I had ordered insufficient yarn (they did have the wool in the same dye lot—hooray), and selecting 4 cones of 3/2 cotton to use as weft in my current warp tapestry project.
Bruce found refuge at WEBS because it was still pouring outside, and took enough pictures for both of us. So here is one of his images (fiber content unknown, but still yummy). Thanks, Bruce.
And here's another picture from yesterday's visit to the Bridge of Flowers. I've started to alter it in Photoshop in preparation for weaving.
After two days on Lake George, and a visit to Fort Ticonderoga, we have made our way to Massachusetts and the town of Shelburne Falls. A prime attraction here is the Bridge of Flowers, a defunct trolley bridge over the Deerfield River; the bridge has been made into a fantastic flower garden, and is now abloom with seasonal flowers. Here are a couple of dahlias.
Just beside the bridge entrance is Vavstuga, a shop/school devoted to Swedish weaving and folk arts.
Becky Ashenden graciously let me tour the weaving studios, where a group of local weavers was busily throwing their shuttles.
Here's a view of the back porch, where several warping mills stand waiting for the next warp, and overlook the Deerfield River and the Bridge of Flowers. I can't imagine a more delightful place to weave!
Becky teaches workshops in basic weaving, drawlooms, Swedish techniques, and drawloom at her studio, and also provides accommodations. More information can be found at Vavstuga's website.
Here we are in Randolph, VT, visiting Bhakti & Mark. Bhakti is my friend and co-author of The Woven Pixel. She is living in a wonderful old house on a tree-lined street. Here is her living room:
Here is Bhakti:
Here is Mark and their woodpile (it will be a cold winter):
One of the wonderful things about this visit is that we get to talk non-stop weaving. Bhakti showed me some of her work on the TC-1. These were studies to show students some of the various structures discussed in our book.
Bhakti is offering tutorial lessons in all types of weaving and Photoshop for jacquard in her home studio. Everything is tailored to the specific student's needs. Contact her at email@example.com.