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.
The bumpy sample is finished. Because the weft yarns were relatively bulky, the aspect ratio of the design is elongated. This makes little difference to me when I use geometric designs--it only becomes important when recognizable real world images are used. So I just barrel along. First, here is the elongated sample:
Then I began another sample, same file, with yarns of smaller grist. Here you can see difference in aspect ratio. The gray sample is more compressed vertically:
The second secondary weft is metallic in the new sample - it shows as little sparkly donuts, or fireflies if you will. I found it difficult to photograph; I wanted you to see the sparkly effect, but it doesn't show up well here.
Time to call in the big guns. Thanks, Bruce, for the following photo, with all the sparkly goodness:
These days I feel like shouting, "Your 24-hour lampas station, all lampas, all the time." But I do get outdoors once in a while. I present for your enjoyment the dappled shadows outside my studio door. Any resemblance to lampas is purely coincidental.
And then of course there is always an escape to Ampersand House, which in this season is adorned with roses and gardenia. Good to take a break and do some reading here.
Green: Yesterday I was able to snatch a quiet hour in Ampersand House, and finished reading Enigma: The Battle for the Code by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore. Espionage! Submarines! Smart men and women! Loved it.
Yellow: The camellias at the side of the house have started blooming.
Pink: Trying to speed up my warping technique with these little tablet woven bands. It's coming along. I think this one looks like snakeskin (if there are any pink snakes, that is).
Next Friday, May 16 at 10:30 AM, I'll be giving a lecture entitled "The Woven Pixel: From Computer to Loom" at the Mint Museum in Charlotte NC. The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Mint, and the public is invited. I'll be talking about my development as a weaver and describing the process of going from concept to fabric on the jacquard handloom. I hope some of you can be there.
Yesterday I took the day off and joined Bruce's photography class at the Clemson Botanical Garden. I was the only one without a camera (not counting my mobile phone), but I did take a sketchbook and an assortment of tools. Great fun! I sat on a sidewalk in the shade to paint some irises, and even managed to get upright again without any help.
And in my neighborhood, everyone has clematis climbing on their mailboxes. It really slows me down on my walk; I feel compelled to photograph all the good ones.
You will recognize Ms. Parsley in green, in my own handwriting, in satin weave; the other two are granite weave. The middle towel is actually a cross between orange and pink, but the iPhone has its own ideas:
The phone does like to go on walks, especially during this gorgeous spring weather. A few blocks from home, in the yard of a badly neglected & apparently abandoned house, I found this humongous dogwood…
…the blossom must have been at least three inches across. And in the same yard, this equally impressive azalea:
Around these parts, the less you pamper the azaleas, the better they do. Case rested.