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.
Enjoyed a visit to friends Dawn & Mark this morning. It was such a pleasure to see their house with all its personal collections and handcrafted features. I stopped dead in my tracks in the dining room where Dawn has displayed a fabulous Japanese textile from Kawashima. This beauty is a jacquard triple cloth with differential of takeup; unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph the entire repeat, but here are three closeups to give you an idea of the ingenuity employed in the design of this industrially woven structure. Be sure to click on each one to see a larger image. Enjoy.
You won't find any textiles here for a while. They're happening, but not in this space. To tide us over, I'll share two observations about the passage of time. First is a neighbor's magnolia bloom I've discovered just at eye level (hard to come by—they're either too low to the ground for me to observe comfortably, or too high to reach without a ladder). This is what it looked like yesterday:
…and here's the same bloom today. Time's a-wasting.
This young lady I encountered in an undisclosed location is not bearing the passage of time very well. I never saw her in her "before" state, but she's obviously having trouble coping. I think a lighter hand with the makeup would serve her well, or maybe a paler shade.
On May 3 of this year I visited the Greenville Zoo and did some sketching. Here is Joy the elephant:
I also took some pictures of Joy; I've misplaced all the photos but this one:
Maybe I'm anthropomorphizing, but this looks like a very sad expression, or part of an expression, on Joy's face. It's certainly a portent. Joy was the last remaining elephant at the zoo.
This week Joy was on her way to a sanctuary for senior elephants, where it was hoped her golden years would be cheered by the companionship of other elephants, but she unexpectedly died en route. You can read more about Joy in today's Greenville News story.