Network Drafting: A New Generation at CW Seminars 2014 June 28-30, Tacoma WA. A complete review of Network Drafting with ProWeave, Photoshop, and plain old graph paper & pencil. Draft your own curved designs for dobby: twills, satins, double weave, other. Break away from the block!
Granite Rocks at CW Seminars 2014 June 28-30, Tacoma WA. Explore granite, the family of satin-based texture weaves for dobby and jacquard. Flexible but sturdy, close relatives of corkscrew twills; learn to draft your own.
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.
Bruce & I have a show opening at MAC. Click on this invitation to see it full size. Black & white photographs and handbound books are featured.
All the books have handwoven covers and just by coincidence, the photo Bruce chose for this invitation is of a kimono I wove and stitched for him in the 1980's. It was my very first project on a new 16-shaft AVL mechanical dobby loom: a 60-yard warp, for four kimono, one for each member of the family. What goes around...
I am humbled by the genius of generations and centuries of tablet weavers who, without aid of computers or even pencil & paper in most cases, have figured out the twistings and turnings of these little cards, and designed elegant and mind-bogglingly complex bands. I am also humbled by more modern weavers who have written about tablet weaving; thank goodness I don't have to reinvent the wheel in order to enjoy this technique. Here's my short list. Download list.
I spent an entire morning trying to figure out how to weave this little stag, carefully following the general directions of Linda Hendrickson and borrowing a pattern from Ottfried Staudigel. I still made many mistakes and false starts (my fault, not the authors').
Alas, my puzzle-solving skills are not as sharp as they were when I was twenty-something, but I persevered and finally finished this fellow. It was the forward and backward turnings and their relative positions that almost did me in.
No finished dobby or jacquard piece has ever pleased me the way this one did. Honest!
Here I've moved back a bit so you can see the entire loom.