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.
Still cleaning up in preparation for Open Studios. Yes, I know it's not until the weekend of Nov. 8, but the magnitude of the job demands extreme measures. And I am enjoying the newly uncovered work spaces and elbow room. And finding lost treasures. And I wanted the place to look interesting, not creepy, for the videographer who arrived to document me at work for a TV commercial promoting this year's event.
I did line up the yarn artistically on the shelves and arranged books and pillows, but Will Stewart was especially interested in the sounds of weaving for his video, so as I threw shuttles and plied the beater, he recorded the clinks, clanks, thumps, and shwooshes of a weaver at work. I can't wait to see (hear) the results.
I promised you the bagpipes, so here they are. City of Greenville Pipes and Drums, at the Scottish Games in Greenville yesterday. If you look sharp, you will see Bruce in a cameo appearance at the far left of the screen, about halfway through.
This morning I took some granite samples off the loom and I'm washing them. Looking forward to some surprises.
As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, it has been snowing since 7 am this morning, big wet flakes that don't stick, coating branches but not sticking to roads, covering the pink camellias outside my office window, not really freezing. A typical South Carolina event.
Oy! This strange concatenation of holidays has given us bizarre menus. The weather is also strange. This morning snow and sleet, and by noon bright sunshine.
After some serious thinking, I decided that the aroma of potato pancakes frying in oil was not my perfume of choice, and I went to plan B: potato kugel. Same ingredients, different format. It's looking good. Smells good, too.
I hope your holiday/holidays are happy, and that you drive safely to wherever, and that you get back to your looms soon.
Has it really been three weeks since my hike into the mysterious Dogtown? I did try to upload this video at the time but had technical difficulties. All solved. So here is the video. Points to observe (as musicologist Robert Greenberg is wont to say): the abundance of birdsong and the intermittent Kerplop! of the bullfrogs. We were definitely beside the swamp.
Seen just before a Chautauqua lecture yesterday. Benedict Arnold, as portrayed by Ken Johnston, arrives at Wade Hampton High School for a lecture in the Chautauqua series. More info at greenvilleChautauqua.org.
And earlier, in the studio, Day Two of the Bamboo project:
This bird was photographed at an outdoor cafe in Miami last year. He was very bold, grabbing all the crumbs from under the tables. I've been waiting for a chance to use him. He's quite accommodating, and will face in any direction.
The inimitable Mary Ann posted a link to this haunting little movie yesterday. It's a video interpretation of a Charles Bukowski poem, and if you're looking for something to calm you down, this is it. Coffee or hot chocolate required. Enjoy.