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.
I enjoy browsing for tablet weaving drafts on Pinterest. A prolific textile pinner is Silvia Dominguez, and here is a band I started this weekend based on one of Silvia's drafts. I inserted my own colors.
The first picture was taken in the evening, with artificial light, very warm:
On Friday I made a big pot of borscht with beef, onions, potatoes, and two different kinds of beets. Unfortunately my guests didn't much care for beets and it was not a huge success. But they did like the homemade bread with fennel, so it all turned out OK. And Steve brought me flowers. Thank you, Steve. I am enjoying the flowers today as I eat borscht for lunch. I like borscht, actually.
The photos in the background are by Bruce. They cover one wall of the kitchen, and I get to enjoy a changing display 24/7.
At OLLI Sandy brought in her week's homework for tablet weaving class. She finished the entire band she warped up last week. It's gorgeous! Great color choices and perfect selvedges. She's now a certified tablet weaver (as well as an accomplished basket maker).
Ta da! I just finished registering online for Complex Weavers Seminars. It went smoothly. Trouble is, I wish I could have signed up for more than one seminar for each time slot. Sad face.
A few more inches today on Slashes. Many interruptions, but progress is being made.
Yesterday our class was reduced in size because of illness. Penny & I had the classroom to ourselves! Penny had made a lot of progress over the weekend; she now knows all about S and Z threadings, and her threaded-in band is coming along nicely.
The story I was starting to tell here has disappeared during a Firefox crash. I don't have the heart to rewrite it. So I'll briefly say that the weather has been conducive to cocooning and not going out among people (except for the tablet weaving class, of course!). Spending much time at the loom(s), reading, and playing Scrabble. I did manage to put my X on the double letter square last night, but that's the best that can be said about my Scrabble game. Loom work is slightly better. Here's a demo project I worked on while the students were rewarping their looms yesterday. I finished it this morning.
The Endless Dobby Warp has been sitting idle for far too long. But during the hiatus, something seems to have clicked and this new draft is cheering me up.
The warp is a networked twill in a random mixture of red & green cottons, and the wefts are green cotton and black tencel. Click to enlarge.
As my friends and family know, I am seriously deficient in the department of botany. Let a houseplant anywhere near my sphere of influence, and it will soon fall ill and die. Case in point is this hyacinth I purchased at the grocery store last week. The pictures tell the tale.
I do better with things that don't require watering.
Today was the fourth session of my 8-week tablet weaving class at OLLI, and something seems to have clicked. There were several "Aha!" moments, and all the students were able to put on their third warps, using the buddy system. Concentration was intense, and fortunately there was no repetition of last week's piano-tuning session outside our classroom door (a story for another day).
Kaye used a thicker yarn (blue) for one of the four warps in this circular-warped sample, and it has a lovely effect. I'll have to give it a try!