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.
For the past several weeks we've been watching a robin gathering grass and twigs in our back yard and storing the fiber stash in a big pile near the back door. We knew there must be nest construction somewhere.
Today we finally found it, in the far corner of the carport. The mother bird has been sighted.
Meanwhile, in a different part of town, another creative act was taking place. Wherever there are artists, there are also critics.
I've been wanting to write a post about why I blog. And suddenly it became unnecessary, because today I read Bonnie's post about that very topic, and I couldn't have said it better.
And in the sleeve department, serendipity also reigns. In the midst of my struggles with the set-in sleeve, the day's mail brought a copy of Shirley Paden's Knitwear Design Workshop. On page 84 I found the answer to all my questions. I took notes.
(I figure if I post them here, I'll always be able to find them later, which is not the case with items lost on my desk.)
I'll say no more about this knitting project except that I've frogged the sleeves five times (Rip-it! rip-it!). The object of this exercise is to pick up and knit a properly fitting set-in sleeve from the top down, while waiting on endless hold for customer support from a certain company.
Another thing I do while on endless hold is to play with research Photoshop. Here is a photo from this morning's walk:
I'm at roughly the halfway point in the sewing. I decided to wrap the signatures in the same blue paper I'm using for the endpapers, as the spine looked pretty naked otherwise. The waxed linen thread is olive green.
It's an odd experience to bind a book before you've read it. I see bits of text at the beginnings and ends of the signatures, and in the middles, but there is no real continuity. It reminds me of the programs that condense text by eliminating every other word; you know there's meaning in there, but you just can't grab onto it!
I've been wanting to read The Thread That Binds, a collection of interviews of independent bookbinders by Pamela Leutz. It's published by Oak Knoll Press in three different forms: hard cover, paperback, and unbound signatures.
I purchased it in unbound signatures, partly as an economy measure, and partly to have more practice binding.
Yesterday I cut the covers and covered them in handmade paper from my stash. I also cut some blue endpapers.
Next step will be the punching and sewing (and then, of course, the reading!).
As I compose this post on Sunday morning, the sky is overcast and there is an 86% chance of rain here. But yesterday was another story, a perfect spring day. In the morning we went down to Falls Park with our cameras. Yes, the sky really was that blue.
The falls roared, not too slack, but not too muddy either.
On a rock beneath the bridge a girl sat reading—or was she texting? No matter.
In the afternoon we attended that quintessential spring event, the opening of the Little League season.
Note this young player's look of steely determination.