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.
Alarm signals coming in from my back. I'm putting a hold on weaving for a few days, and have picked up the knitting needles; this will be an opportunity to make a dent in the mountain of yarn that arose from World Series spinning.
I thought it would be fun to see some of the knitting up close in the scanner. The first one is suri alpaca I purchased in batt form. Turns out it had tons of second cuts and vegetable matter not evident on first inspection. It was terrible to spin—constant stops & starts to remove the offending bits—but I did get something knittable from it. Here's a scarf in progress at roughly 12x magnification (click to enlarge):
And here is a wool/silk blend plied with all wool. Click.
Everything's in a state of suspended animation today. It's very strange. I do plan to stay up to watch the election results, no doubt with my spinning supplies close at hand.
On my walk today I passed the church that serves as our neighborhood polling place (I already voted downtown a couple of weeks ago). The parking lot was full of cars. It seems to be a larger turnout than in past years.
On my way home I saw this little fellow on Yorkshire Dr. I moved him over to the grassy verge. It didn't make any difference to him, as he was long past caring, but I wanted to preserve his gorgeous plumage a little longer.
Back home and back to work...
I started a new panel today. More of the lighter greens in this one, and fewer of the reds. It's such fun to see the images emerge bit by bit. I'm really enjoying weaving this piece.
We took a break this morning and went downtown to attend a session of the Reedy Reels Film Festival. This particular session featured the work of student film makers and was a real/reel treat! There were animations (always a favorite of mine), documentaries, and some really clever short features. Some of the film makers are students at our local Fine Arts Center. Bravo, folks!
Here's the part where we got to choose our seats (We were a little early).
The light at this time of year comes in at very low angles in my studio. This morning I happened to peek in at the small photography area adjoining my weaving space, and saw this lovely composition of shadows cast by bushes outside and the light diffusion umbrellas. Had I been five minutes later, I would have missed it.
And just outside the studio door, there is a typical fall scene of fallen leaves and a camellia bush.
Back inside, work continues on Double Twill. Here's today's portion.
Happy to have seen such an historic World Series game—and what a game—but this morning am feeling very bedraggled. I'm not used to late nights any more. I went for a walk this morning, to brush out the cobwebs, and saw the most amazing sight: a blue heron leisurely strolling across Yorkshire Dr. Fortunately he got all the way across before the garbage truck drove by.
Yesterday's few inches, for anyone who's keeping track:
A little housekeeping detail—the draincock on my air compressor corroded shut after 16 years of use, and I spent most of a day last weekend locating a replacement. Many thanks to friend Mark who showed me how to install it. Amazing how many new skills a person acquires over a lifetime of weaving.