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.
Willy loves to build wooden boats, and this year he is working on a sailboat for Catalina. He asked if I'd like to join them in making the Dacron sail. It's a kit from Sailrite. I brought my trusty old Bernina to their house and we set it up on the dining room table (a lovely large working surface - thank you, Mimi). With the help of basting tape, Dacron thread, and heavy-duty needles, here we are partway through:
Zigzagging the reinforcing patches:
Midway through the afternoon the sail was assembled. Hems still to be done. Bernina not very happy, but she got the job done.
After the hems & reinforcement tape, Willy set the grommets. Sail finished! Dinner courtesy of Mimi. Apple crisp for dessert. Yum!
Boat nearly done, but not quite. I'll keep you posted.
A couple of days ago, N. Miami (who is always on the lookout for interesting fiber content among all the automotive stuff - thank you, sweetie!) reblogged a great video about a bicycle loom. I traced it back to its source, and now offer the original blog to you: London Cloth Co. It's definitely worth a look, both for the videos on the foot-powered Hattersley loom as well as for the great videos on the sectional warping process at this startup micro mill.
I've woven a number of blankets for family members, partly as a way of using up some of my handspun yarn (which proliferates at an alarming rate). These blankets are strip woven in random width stripes, then sewn together by hand with a triple baseball stitch. My brother was the recipient of one of these blankets around ten years ago. He has moved around a lot since then, but I recently visited him at his current place, and I found that the blanket was alive and well, and being used as couch upholstery. His girlfriend's cat especially likes this arrangement.
And speaking of animals, I was doodling this morning and came up with this 8-shaft networked twill. I think it looks like rabbits!
If you'd like to try weaving the draft, here it is in wif format: Download Rabbits. It's for your personal use. Please do not republish without permission. If you sell objects based on this draft, please give credit.
This morning was the Y League game, which means I still don't know the results of today's stage in the T de F. Don't tell me! Please! I will watch the recap tonight. Meanwhile, here's our guy waiting for his turn at bat.
The morning started out pleasantly warm with a cool breeze, but by the time the game was over it was blisteringly hot and humid. The rest of my day will be spent in my nice cool basement studio. I'm going back to dobby work for a while, and I'll let you know how it goes.
And to all you spinners (I mean the bicycling kind): allez, allez!
It was a very exciting stage this morning (or afternoon, if you are in France). In general, this year's race was quite absorbing, and I got a lot of spinning done. Here is my own personal Alpe d'Huez, 17" high, which represents the spinning efforts of the past few Tours de France. Actually, there's more, but they are partial skeins and not as pretty to photograph. What about the bananas, you say? They're there for scale. Sometimes a banana is just a banana.
Just finished pick 2900 out of 4500. At my current rate of 400 picks per day I should be finished in four more days. It won't earn me a maillot jaune, but my goal is merely to finish the race.
Warmup exercises include composing at least one new draft per day. This one is two drafts side by side in a 32-shaft liftplan. One draft is a 16-shaft crepe, and the other an 8-shaft granite weave (a satin derivative) repeated. A straight threading on 32 shafts would do fine for this pattern, although it could also be woven on 24 shafts by repeating shafts 13—24.