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.
Today dawned sunny and a little warmer, so we decided to "get out of Dodge" and drive up the mountain to Asheville. First stop was the North Carolina Arboretum to take a look at the Blue Ridge Fiber Show. Here's a view of the entrance area with an unusual striped shadow pattern on the trees. This picture is a complete stripe laboratory in itself!
I have always found the Blue Ridge Show to be intriguing as it is unjuried, and one has the opportunity to see the work of new weavers and emerging artists, not just the old hands. The quality of this year's show was unusually good, and the show committee did a fine job of displaying the large variety of work tastefully. Photography was difficult because of the close quarters and some very large windows, so unfortunately I wasn't able to take a lot of photos. But there were many show-stoppers, by some familiar names and also some new people. If you are in the area and have a chance to see the show, it is up until January 7. Here's an unusual piece that caught my eye: Ruth Howe's potholder combo! Now folks, this is a delightful demo of color & weave effects in two colors in plain weave. This says it all. Not flashy or showy, perhaps a little tongue in cheek.
After lunch at Pomodoro's we checked out the Members's Show, Southern Highlands Guild, at the Folk Art Center. The theme was Small World, and all the works had to fit within a 6x6x6 matrix. There was a great range of media, including fiber and books. I was pleased to see the red "sold" dot on the label for my piece, a book with jacquard woven cover and pages made of recycled brown bags from Trader Joe's. Unfortunately no photography allowed here. Another nice show, and plenty of good shopping opportunities on the main level of the Folk Art Center. Show up until January 18.
That's how cold it is. These are not exactly gloves, and I don't mean to whine, but we are a bit surprised by the weather. My studio is usually 10 degrees colder than the living quarters, which is lovely in the summer, but...
A closer view — it's weft-backed satin and will eventually be a casebound book cover. The icicle elements are appropriate to the season. Designed on my iPad. Click to enlarge.
Something else to warm things up. I found this in a dark corner when I was cleaning up last week.