Handwoven May/June 2020 Call for Submissions: Playing with Drafts

Weavers like to speculate about who first came up with many weave structures and many hand-manipulation techniques. Did someone’s shuttle skip a few threads as it crossed the warp, giving that weaver the idea for twill? Did another weaver drop his or her shuttle through their warp, bring it back up in the wrong place and then, while trying to fix error No. 2, bring it around yet another group of ends, giving us the first example of Brook’s bouquet? If creating such wonderful weave structures and hand-manipulation techniques just means making mistakes, I should have a bunch of things named for me.

For our May/June 2020 issue about playing with drafts, we are looking for projects and articles that are about times when you have changed what you started out weaving—and it was for the good. That change might very well be that you messed up your tie-up (done that) and liked the resulting pattern better. Maybe you started with one idea about what color of weft to use with your carefully striped warp, only to find out that you were weaving mud (done that) and had to change gears and your whole idea. Perhaps the scarf you were weaving on your rigid heddle loom was boring beyond belief (done that) and you had to employ some pick-up patterning to add some lacy bits.

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Look carefully, there are two scarves in this photo, woven on the same warp by Susan Wilson, Handwoven May/June 2019. Photo by George Boe.

Not to ignore those among us that don’t struggle with poor choices, we also would like to see projects from the rest of you. Projects that show how changing a tie-up, adjusting a treadling, adding interesting wefts, or trying different pick-up and hand-manipulation techniques can create unique weaving. I’m not saying we are going to name anything after you, but who knows?

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Susan Poague had her draft for her Circles & Checks Towels all figured out and then saw a treadling variation on Instagram by Mary Bentley that gave her yet another option. Photo by George Boe.

Here is the official description:

May/June 2020: “Playing with Drafts”

Sometimes, it’s by chance that our weaving plans change; other times, it’s by intent. Whatever the reason, we want to see projects that “flip the script” and demonstrate how changing one or several elements of a plan or draft can completely or subtly change the look of a project.

Proposals for projects and articles due: 8/23/2019

Submissions due: 10/25/2019

Mail to:
Handwoven May/June 2020
4868 Innovation Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525-5576



I look forward to seeing your name-worthy projects and ideas!
Weave well,

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