Rigid Heddle weaving #4

Made this for one of my daughters. She started loving it the second I cut it off the loom, so it’s already got some wear and tear. 😀

I’ve finally moved into using pickup sticks to add “floats” in my weaving, which gives it a pretty texture. Off the loom, the front side looks like it has little chains going along it.

So … this isn’t actually the 4th thing I’ve woven on my rigid heddle loom. I’ve done lots of projects, but for whatever reason, haven’t posted about them. I was kind of surprised when I looked through my blog and realized how much hasn’t made it into a post. Ha ha, I’m such a ditz.


AI Art – Basic doodle to detailed picture

This was a doodle I did in GIMP back when my laptop was brand new, in 2021(I dunno why I made it so dark). I put it into Stable Diffusion as a starter image, and played around with the settings.

Just as an FYI, AI art is insanely image heavy. I have a number of pictures related to this experiment, but only picked my favorites to share.

So … this is insanely revolutionary. I really want to nerd out over how this is going to totally change our digital landscape and expressions of creativity.

As I’ve said before, I think heavily in words (I am, at my core, a writer after all). With effort, I can conjure up basic images in my mind, but all of those little details escape me — my doodle is about as close to realistic as I can manage. This might not make much sense, but AI art lets me describe the shape of the words in my head, and translates them over into a picture for me.

It’s kind of cool to realize that I’m not as vague with writing descriptions as I thought I was.

We have Stable Diffusion installed at home, but my husband is still ironing out the technical wrinkles, so to speak. Despite that, I generated over 300 pictures in 24 hours, lol. The huge majority get discarded for coherency issues — missing limbs, deformed faces, etc.

Once we get it up and properly running, I’ll write up a tutorial.

For reference, this is what the same settings used in the last picture produce without the starting image: