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.
Over the past few weeks, in between other tasks, I've been gathering odds & ends for a mixed warp to tie on to the existing warp on the 8-shaft loom. Every couple of days I wind another chain; now there are seven and I am finished winding. They will be distributed randomly across the web.
Those little red scraps are the choke ties. Don't you just love weaving terminology? I'm thinking choke ties, beater, sley, tieing on, slashing, and lashes, just for starters. We weavers are a violent lot.
Well, almost perfect. Last night I had the pleasure of attending a middle school band concert.
I am astounded at what a group of sixth graders can accomplish in four short months. The seventh and eighth graders were even more amazing. A year has made a notable difference in the quality of their music. The students were supported by a huge crowd of parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends. Organized chaos. Beautiful evening.
This sign on the auditorium wall made me think. Good advice. I hope it made others think, too.
Ever since I upgraded my Elements program to version 12, I've been experimenting with it to learn what the changes are in this version, and how they might impact my weaving design. The changes are mostly cosmetic, and thankfully the core functions useful to weavers remain the same, and "unimproved." I've recorded a 90-minute class on Weavolution, and it is now available for you.
The class, entitled Photoshop Elements 12 for Weavers, can be found at Weavolution. If you're already a Weavolution member, just click on classes, scroll down, and you will see the class description and registratioin information. If you're not already a member, registration is easy.
Photoshop Elements 12 for Weavers is a brief introduction to designing with PSE in conjunction with your favorite weave program, and is suitable for weavers with dobby (mechanical or computer-assisted) or table looms of 8 shafts or more (the more the merrier!). Class handouts with bibliography and a small collection of Pattern Presets are provided to all who sign up for the class. The class fee of $42 USD entitles participants to watch the class as many times as they wish for three months from date of signup. Pause and resume functions are available for watching the recording at one's own pace.
Participants should already be familiar with weave drawdown diagrams, and should be computer literate. Suitable for Mac or Windows, and any weaving program. Join us!