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.
This just in! Lulu is offering a 25% discount on all book orders until midnight tonight (Nov. 30). What a great opportunity to order Network Drafting or The Liftplan Connection (or both) and save 25%. Just enter the code CYBER305 when you place your order.
"Return to the Mountains," the conference of the conference of the Southeastern Fiber Forum Association, Inc., will be held April 7-10, 2011, at Arrowmont, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You can download the brochure here. A brief summary of workshop offerings:
CATHARINE ELLIS - Woven Shibori
GERI FORKNER - Nuno Felting
PAM HOWARD -- Woven, Lumpy, Bumpy Scarves
DARYL LANCASTER - Vested Interest: Making a Vest with Handwoven Samples and Scraps
IRENE TORUELLA MUNROE - Color Exploration and Dyeing Techniques
JANE OVERMAN -- It's Addictive: Explore Beading with Peyote and Herringbone
MARTHA OWEN -- Spinning the Yarn You Want
ELIZABETH RAVENWOOD -- Jack Sprat and His Wife Knit Lace
TOMMYE McCLURE SCANLIN - Tapestry & Other Weft-Faced Adventures
ALICE SCHLEIN -- PhotoShop and the Dobby Loom
The two keynote speakers will be Daryl Lancaster and Catharine Ellis, and there will be a large vendors' marketplace and fashion show. I've heard that my class is filling rapidly, but there are still a few spaces left. Facilities and accommodations at The Arrowmont School are wonderful, and I'm honored to be included in this wonderful lineup of teachers. Y'all come!
And a reminder - it's not too late to register for my workshop on The Liftplan Connection on March 12-13, 2011, in Boulder, Colorado. This workshop is sponsored by The Handweavers Guild of Boulder and a registration form may be downloaded here.
One of the very first books in my weaving library was A Handbook of Weaves, by G. H. Oelsner. It remains the book I go to most often for explanations, clarifications, or just plain inspiration. This treasure is still available at a very reasonable cost, and if you don't yet have a copy, what are you waiting for? It's available new & used at Amazon.
My recent forays into construction of crepe weaves eventually wound up in the crepe chapter of Oelsner. I had been using one method of constructing crepe weaves (drafting a weave in four squares), but Oelsner describes an amazing eleven methods of crepe construction!
Derived from Satin Weaves
By Arranging Floats in Satin Order
By Transposition of Weaves in Checkerboard Order
By Rearranging Other Weaves
By Rearrangement of Warp Threads
By Rearranging Warp and Filling Threads
With Groups of Threads on the Same Shaft
By Interlocking a Weave with its Revers
By Interlocking Two Weaves
By Drafting One Weave over Another
By Drafting a Weave in Four Squares
And if this is too much for you to digest at one sitting, here is some lighter fare. I'm always tickled by humorous depictions of help desks, and I came across this delightful interpretation from the NRK. If your Norwegian is a little rusty, don't worry; there are English subtitles. Enjoy.
Many people from outside South Carolina don't know of the geographical diversity of this area; they know about Charleston, and the coast, and the Low Country (all beautiful), but are not aware that the western part of this state is wooded and hilly, and in places mountainous. Saturday we packed up the cameras and took to the hills. Our destination was Devil's Fork State Park on the shores of Lake Jocassee, a large reservoir in the Blue Ridge.
The water level was rather low, and we enjoyed walking on the sandy beaches near the public boat launch area. At midday the lake sparkled, and the brisk wind sent ripples over the surface.
And speaking of ripples, guess what was waiting for me in my mailbox when I got home? Stacey Harvey-Brown's new book, Woven Shibori for Textural Effects. It's a real winner.
It's been so long since I've done a book that I've lost some of the hand memory, particularly with the headbands. A practice book was in order this week.
Funny—that never happened with knitting! I stopped knitting for ten years, and when I next picked up the needles all the motions came back. They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle, either, but that's a topic for another day.
The triptych has been cut off. First step was to repair the broken warp ends and other anomalies.
Then I cut the yardage into three separate panels and lined them up on the floor.
It needs more work. The next step will be to perform some embroidery to emphasize the lilies. The last time I did this I used chain stitch, but I think this time it will be couching. I have a nice crunchy beige linen-cotton that will work. Then comes the decision about hems, etc. Shall I display the sections as separate adjacent panels, or shall I join them together as one? All in good time.
Yesterday afternoon we went to a Klezmer concert by Bill Averbach and the Carolina Klezmer Project. These guys are great! They are equally skilled in Klezmer and jazz, and they performed a generous amount of New Orleans music. The most moving selection was Bill's vocal and accordion rendition of the Randy Newman song, Louisiana. The lyrics refer to the New Orleans flood of 1927, and the song was adopted as Louisiana's unofficial anthem after the Katrina disaster. I found a nice version of it on YouTube, as sung by Aaron Neville. Check it out here.