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.
When I left South Carolina nearly two weeks ago, the first blush of spring was over, the daffodils and tulips were long finished, and the pale green of the earliest leaves had turned to their darker summer shade.
But then in Ontario I was lucky enough to experience spring all over again! The tulips were gorgeous, and the blossoming trees burst forth in a dozen shades of pink. I think my favorite "second spring" experience was this outrageous display of dandelions in a reclaimed wetland park in Toronto.
If you don't live close enough to drive to Bedford PA in a day, plan an excursion. The National Museum of the American Coverlet is worth it! Woven coverlets of the geometric and figured varieties are on display here. Many jacquard examples, looms and other textile tools, too.
In the photo above are Claudia, myself, Melinda, Dave, Karen , and LaVerne. More details to follow in a few days.
This restaurant (Beefeaters) is housed in a former Carnegie library, now on the National Register. It's an impressive building. The dinner was pretty good, too! Yes, the sign is backwards when viewed from this side. The books up there on the lintel are purely decorative.
Fact: Opera star Marilyn Horne was born in Bradford.
On our last full day in Toronto, we took a long streetcar ride, a great way to see the city. We wound up at the beach and did some intense people-watching. A leisurely outdoor lunch at a cafe was followed by chocolate mousse cake and coffee, and another streetcar ride. Heavenly. I did spot a couple of yarn shops from the streetcar windows, but those will have to wait for another trip...