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.
A traveling project has been finished. Handspun merino from my stash; it was knitted during the final episodes of MadMen, and finally completed during a recent road trip. This morning I blocked it. Feels good to have finished something. Gotta do more of that.
You get to see a lot of local color at an antique motorcycle rally in Chesnee, SC. I joined the photography enthusiasts on a field trip this morning. I offer the following snapshots without editorial comment, except that it was a very hot day and I was glad to come back home and have an ice cold drink. These all have a lot of telling detail. Click to enlarge.
Meanwhile, back in my own neighborhood, this person has left a mysterious streetside message for someone. I know there is a story behind this; I just can't figure out what it is. Maybe I'll have to make one up:
A few inches left on the red warp. Errors corrected. What shall it be? There were several options on my computer screen, but this is the one I decided to weave.
Primary weft black 20/2 cotton. Secondary wefts yellow-green 8/2 bamboo and turquoise 5/2 pearl cotton.
On an excursion to the outdoor store I saw this climbing rope on spools. The individual rope patterns are always fascinating, but seen wrapped on a spool they form more interesting relationships, which look like weaving patterns.
Inevitably, this last one reminds me of a networked draft, with its repeating jagged edges.
After weeks and months of working with these lampas weaves, it appears that arithmetic errors have crept in. They hit me right between the eyes yesterday. It was a common denominator type of thing. Aspect ratio stuff. Aargh! I'll tell you about it some day.
But I did get it all corrected. Here is a new sample, based on the corrected information.
This lampas variation has steeper waveforms. Three wefts, again.
Seen from another angle it looks quite different.
And talking about angles—my old jacquard tablecloth, industrially woven, found itself on my breakfast table Sunday morning. I happened to glimpse it by early light, and the shiny white polyester warp appeared to be lit from within. At any other time of day this cloth has a very humdrum personality. The low angle light makes such a difference.