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.
But life does throw you curve balls. On the way home, the guest of honor fell and fractured her hip. After surgery, she is doing well. They will try to get her up and moving today. Meanwhile, we are all working out next steps. Talk to you later.
The rolling temple had to go. Sadly. I could never get the shed geometry right. For the time being I will do without a temple of any sort. Maybe someday I will figure out another way for this loom.
Meanwhile, the weaving is proceeding very well sans temple. There is some draw-in, and occasionally a broken selvedge thread, but I think that is the "lesser of two weevils," to quote Patrick O'Brian's Captain Jack Aubrey.
Ahoy! Is that an elephant I spy? Or perhaps Mickey Mouse? That thing with big ears on both sides of its head? Where do these creatures come from?
And I see leopard skin in the other panels. I assure you that no animals were harmed in the creation of this fabric. Lots of bamboo was killed, however.
No, Miami in mid-July was not a crazy trip at all. Actually, it wasn't any hotter than South Carolina. We had a wonderful time, except for the airline seats, which haven't gotten any more comfortable since I last flew. But for a weekend, it wouldn't have made any sense to drive.
Here are a few more pictures I didn't get a chance to post earlier. The first is at Tarks in Dania Beach, where I had shooters (fresh shucked oysters in a shot of beer with hot sauce), conch salad, and heavenly key lime pie.
Everybody was exercising, although I didn't go to these extremes.
Musicians on the beach at Hollywood:
And another of those beautiful gates at Hollywood:
The laundry is just about finished, and I can now continue threading the dobby loom.
This morning we visited the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach. In a special exhibit from the permanent collections I saw this charming self-portrait by American artist Doris Lee. How many of you began your sewing adventures on a treadle machine such as this? I did.