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.
Can you believe it? Yet another snowfall in South Carolina. Snow fell all last night, about three inches, but as I write this at midday it's melting and turning to slush. Bleak out there, not much color. Maybe just a hint.
So many errands to do, but I continue to procrastinate. In the studio, black and white. Totally.
Yes, as my grandmother used to say, "neither here nor there."
But it's still snow, unusual for South Carolina, and it keeps me indoors. This is the view from my studio door. The enclosure for my air compressor is on the left. It looks like an elongated doghouse. In the foreground are assorted tools, including a squirrel cage reel. And in the background is the weather.
On the warm (a relative term) side of the door, tubular bits of tablet weaving are keeping me entertained.
The yarns are odds & ends of knitting yarns, handspun stuff, and ??? Getting them to play nicely together is a challenge. But it does take my mind off the weather.
Yesterday someone said she thought she smelled spring in the air. I wish my nose were as good as hers.
Maggie thinks she is a human. Her favorite brunch is bagels & lox.
Last night we got some sleet; nothing to compare with weather in the Northeast, but they do close schools here when the roads are icy. This is what my backyard looked like when I was making the coffee this morning (that's the roof of Ampersand House in the background):
Then as I settled in for some morning warmup weaving drafts on the computer, I looked out the front window and saw this enthusiast photographing the icicles on my poor camellia bush:
Warp 10/2 cotton, two shades of green, 24 epi. Weft, two strands of 20/2 green, slightly different shades, wound together on bobbin, 24 ppi. Liftplan cut & pasted from 3/1 and 1/3 broken twill. Threading plotted on a 4-end network.
I haven't written about the Tablet Weaving class in a while. It's tough sledding, as the sessions are so short that no sooner do the students get set up than it's time to pack up and go home again. I'm going to propose longer class times if we do this again.
Nevertheless, good things do happen. Linda surprised me today with a completed lanyard for her ID badge. This was a threaded-in design...
...and Sandy has completed her second bookmark, this one with the circular warping technique.
Occasionally what is happening behind the reed is just as interesting as what is happening in front of the reed. Or so it seems to me when I am weaving a draft with a regular threading repeat.
The heddles march in regular order and their arrangement echoes the shape of the threading. With the stretched warp acting as a floor, I see a suggestion of alcoves and columns, a strange architecture in miniature. There are vistas, corridors, open spaces and dark corners. A population of little people hides just beyond my field of vision.
Then it is time to start weaving again. The architecture flattens into a 2-D world. A map, perhaps.