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.
As the days get shorter, I take my walk later and later…but I still see some arresting tricks of light. At the low angle of morning sun the various elements of the landscape seem to separate into layers. Is this the photoshoppist in me responding? Is that even a word? Regardless, the layers entertain me.
Another trick of light—if you've ever had curtains at your windows, you know about this one—the ripple effect. I went to my mother's apartment to water her plants early in the morning, and this is what I saw:
The pattern stimulated my network drafting response, and I came up with these two drafts for 16 shafts. First is a basic circles design, followed by a variation for ripples.
Yesterday another of those late summer thunderstorms moved rapidly through the area. There were five of us gathered around the supper table and all at once everyone's cell phone went off with emergency weather alerts. Then the desktop computer email signal beeped. Then the landline with the same warning. Then a few similar text messages. Yes, we were well and truly alerted. The funny thing is that we would have gotten the same information by looking out the window.
After the storm passed, there was a gorgeous cloud formation. It looked like two clouds, an orange one in front, and a whilte one in back, with a clearly defined border between them. I've never seen anything like it.
While we're talking about borders, I wanted to show you this:
I'm still trying to make sense of the various systems of indicating turning direction in tablet weaving ddrafts. But what does make a lot of sense to me is how much difference a border makes when you're trying to clean up the edges. And a border matching the weft thread? Extra points here.