Network Drafting Workshop with Alice Schlein

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When: May 9, 10, 11, 2019 (3 days)  ($100 is the deposit to sign up; see registration details below)

Where:  LoftyFiber, 127 NE Main Street, Easley, SC 29640

LoftyFiber is pleased to host a Network Drafting Workshop by Alice Schlein, author of the popular book on the topic and inspirational to so many weavers. Network drafting is a way of designing to produce curved and free-flowing designs. With 8-shafts or more, it is a way of breaking free of the block. Network drafting is not a weave structure; it can incorporate many different weave structures, such as twill, satin, double weave, basket weave, huck, and others. 

Bring your own laptop with your preferred weaving software already installed. Alice will demo with ProWeave and Fiberworks, but any weaving software can be used for this class.

This is an intermediate level workshop covering an introduction to network drafting for 8-shafts (principles may be applied to more shafts).  The class is open to weavers who know how to read and interpret a weaving draft, can thread and operate a loom by themselves, and are familiar with the basics of their weaving software. This is not a class in how to use your weaving design software.  Many of the exercises will be performed with pencil, paper, scissors, and glue. Yes, this is the real “cut and paste”! Save-worthy designs will be transcribed to your weaving software and saved as a wif. From that point they will be woven; LoftyFiber provided looms will have the aid of TempoTreadle. You can expect to take home several weavable drafts of your own creation as well as woven samples.

 Each student will have a different threading draft.  You will stay with the same loom throughout the workshop; this is not a round robin.  After the class, all drafts will be shared with the entire class.

Class Logistics

Alice will be teaching the class from 9am to 4pm each day, with a one hour lunch break.   The LoftyFiber weaving studio will be available to students from 8:30am to 6pm each day.   Lunch is included along with coffee, tea and snacks throughout the day.   If you have dietary restrictions let us know in advance and we will try to accommodate. If joining us from out of town, contact us for lodging and travel information.

Loom Requirement

A loom with a minimum of 8 shafts is required for the class (table or floor).   If you do not want to bring your own loom, 8-shaft looms w/TempoTreadle will be available for rent at LoftyFiber for $50.  Contact us to reserve a loom.

 Looms will need to be warped prior to the class, using the provided draft.  The warp material needs to be 10/2 cotton (white or light color) sett at 24 epi.  The weaving width will be 12 inches wide and plan for at least 3 yards in length.  You can come to the LoftyFiber studio during our regular hours on or after May 1 to warp your loom.   If you are unable to warp your loom prior to the start of the class, contact us as we will be able to help you.

Supply List

  • Computer with weaving software installed
  • Your favorite boat shuttle & some extra bobbins (bobbin winders will be available)
  • Graph paper 4 squares/inch (will have some available)
  • Scissors for cutting paper
  • Glue stick
  • #2 pencils and erasers
  • Highlighter markers in 2 different colors
  • Bring small amounts of 10/2 cottons in various colors to use for weft (available for purchase)
  • Note-taking supplies
  • An optional resource for this class is Network Drafting: an Introduction by Alice Schlein. This book can be purchased as print-on-demand from for $42 plus shipping. Go to and search on Network Drafting or Alice Schlein.

Alice Schlein – Our Instructor

Alice Schlein was born in Newark, New Jersey and received a B.A. In French from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She is a self-taught weaver and has been weaving for over 56 years. Although her focus has been exploring weave structure on multi-shaft treadle and dobby looms and jacquard, she has recently been enjoying the low-tech rigid heddle loom and its many creative possibilities. Alice blogs at

Alice has taught widely at conferences, schools and workshops in the U.S., Canada, and in the U.K. and currently weaves in her Greenville, SC studio. She served as contributing editor to Weavers magazine, to which she contributed over 25 articles. She is the author of Network Drafting: an Introduction; The Liftplan Connection: Designing for Dobby Looms With Photoshop and Photoshop Elements; A Crepe is Not Just a Pancake; Lampas for Shaft Looms; and co-author, with Bhakti Ziek, of The Woven Pixel: Designing for Jacquard and Dobby Looms Using Photoshop. 

Registration Details

Contact: Dawne Wimbrow   (864) 810-4747

Cost:       $390 for early registration (by March 1).   $425 after March 1.  Class size limited.

$100 deposit required at registration, with balance due before April 1.

Cancellation Policy

Those who register may cancel any time before April 1 for a full refund less $50.