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.
Jump Start Your Rigid Heddle Weaving
Four Wednesday sessions, 3 hours each, taught at OLLI, Furman University, June 6 through 27. Participants to supply their own rigid heddle looms. Supply list given. Contact me at aschlein[at]att[dot]net for more information.
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.
Lampas for Shaft Looms Class notes from Complex Weavers Seminars 2016, newly revised and formatted, in pdf form for download. A review of methods for designing your own lampas fabrics for treadle looms, table looms, and dobbies, eight shafts and above. Over 90 color photos of actual fabrics with drafts. Includes info on pickup lampas and a lampas bibliography. View on a computer, or print out one copy for your own use. USD$21. via PayPal. Email aschlein[at]att[dot]net for ordering info.
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.
Another day in my loosely adhered to lampas diary. The process is becoming more streamlined. No more than 30 minutes at the computer in Photoshop, letting the aspect ratio fall wherever it lands. Then about 45 minutes at the loom. Most of the bobbins are already wound, leftovers from other projects, and I've standardized the diary entries to 220 picks. Whatever fits in that space is OK. Lots of hand drawn lines with my graphics tablet & pen. I like to use my own handwriting and sketches. I'd like to get it all down to 60 minutes max per day. Then I go for a walk!
Other fiber stuff: in my quest for a good range of tapestry wefts that I don't have to dye, I've been trying out a roving assortment meant for felters but nice for spinning also. The first six are spun, blocked, and wound into balls, and the second six are on the blocker ready for a nice warm bath. All singles. They will dry on the blocker and then I'll wind them off.
I'm not sure of the breed, but they look good for their intended purpose. Not too squishy. We'll see.
The Chinese Bandit, by Stephen Becker
Carry Me Across the Water, by Ethan Canin
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
I enjoyed all of these, but A Gentleman is in a class by itself. Maybe one of my five favorite books ever. BTW, I enjoyed Towles's Rules of Civility also.
Last night while watching the Olympics and spinning, with a very bright reading lamp in a very dark room, I noticed how this green wool roving was looking other-worldly with backlighting.
And today we drove up the mountain to see the Tapestry Weavers South show at the Folk Art Center. Don't miss it! If you're anywhere within driving distance of Asheville NC, it's a must see. After looking at tapestries for an hour we walked in the woods. Picnic lunch. A lovely break in the weather.
Then home to work on my own tapestry for a while, newly inspired. I will definitely be revisiting this show several times during its run (Jan. 22 through April 29).
You never know where pattern will pop up next. Here I had just squirted some olive oil into the pan, getting ready for the morning's eggs:
This morning I "wrote" another entry in my Lampas Diary. It was my shopping list for the day, in my own handwriting. It took under 90 minutes from concept to completed weaving. Next entry I hope to get it down to an hour. It's really rough and ready, no aspect ratio samples, just diving right in. 220 picks, no more, no less. My response to Twitter.