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 new lampas structure, new yarns, new aspect ratio trial, but an old salamander. This fellow was captured (digitally) in Florida years ago, and he has made his appearance many times on my loom. He turns this way and that, he gets bigger or smaller, he changes color. And he doesn't eat much!
The Miniature World of Trains recently opened its new location in Greenville. It's the largest most technically advanced HO Scale Model Railroad in North America. The above video shows only a small part of the huge display. You can see a simulation of downtown Greenville in the rear, with functioning traffic lights! Adults and children alike will find this a fascinating place to visit.
That little blue warehouse looks about the right size for a weaving studio, with perhaps a couple of HO Scale dobby looms and a spinning wheel or two. Hm-m-m...
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and weaverly holiday season and a good New Year.
There were a few more mishaps with the ill-starred warp from my previous post, but this morning it finally all came together. I was able to do a bit of pick-up lampas on my 4-shaft loom. Both layers are plain weave, but there is nice crisp contrast between the weaves.
It's slow going, but very pleasant once you get in the rhythm of it. Music helps.
With a lovely, slender pick-up stick and a flat stick shuttle, I am just able to navigate the small shed.
First there was this warp, a combination of brown cotton and light blue silk. When chained up, it looks like something the dog left at the curb, you must admit.
But I got past that, and raddled it and wound it on the warp beam of a 4-shaft loom. It will be for a another sample of pickup lampas, with plain weave in both layers.
It was at that point I realized I didn't have enough heddles on shafts 3 and 4, but no way was I going to start switching around heddles. I recalculated and dropped an inch of warp from each side. I started threading heddles.
Then I realized I'd made the classic stupid weaver's mistake: routed the warp from warp beam directly to heddles without going over the back beam. Aargh! Unthreaded the heddles, rerouted the warp, then began threading again.
Then I noticed that I'd miscalculated the warp density, and that the remaining width of warp was not spread out at the correct width on the warp beam. Oy vey. I can fix that after I've finished threading and sleying. I plan to unwind the warp and rewind it at the correct width. What else can possibly go wrong?
Call this cleanup day. i've been finishing up odd projects and clearing the decks (or looms, I should say) for new work.
First the towels: the last four were hemmed, pressed, and boxed.
Then I cleared off the inkle loom. This tablet woven project had a monochromatic warp, and the pattern interest came from switching rotation sequences. Subtle, but I think it's interesting. Click to enlarge.
The other day I mentioned pickup lampas. Thought you'd like to see a picture of the forced shed for pickup. Very narrow, but with care, workable. You might want to enlarge this one too.