For the 2021 Easy Weaving with Little Looms, we wanted a theme that would be specific enough to give designers a jumping off point . . . and general enough to appeal to just about everyone. The theme needed to be something that would inspire sumptuous scarves and shawls in luxurious yarns . . . and cozy kitchen towels. In other words, we wanted a little of this . . . and a little of that. We ran with that idea, and the This & That issue was born as were the three themed project sections designed to fit (almost) every aspect of life: Calm & Collected, Out & About, and Home & Garden.
For Calm & Collected, we’re looking for projects that promote relaxation. This includes projects designed to help you relax: Lapghans for the couch, bags for yoga mats, and slippers all come to mind. We’re also looking for projects that are relaxing in and of themselves. This might mean a scarf that uses a technique such as soumak that’s meditative once you get going or a set of pillows woven in a cool and calming palette.
Out & About is on the opposite side of the spectrum and is focused on having fun—however you define it! Example projects include luxurious shawls for a night on the town, a beach blanket for a day at the shore, or a team-color cushioned seat to take to your favorite sporting event. As with Calm & Collected, we also want to see projects that evoke a feeling of joy in pattern or palette.
Last, but certainly not least, Home & Garden is for all those textiles we use to work inside and outside of the home. Practical projects such as kitchen towels, knee mats for weeding, and hat bands for floppy gardening hats are welcome, as are more decorative projects such as runners and wall hangings.
As always, Easy Weaving with Little Looms focuses on projects made using small looms including rigid-heddle, pin, inkle, and tapestry looms. Projects can be made using one type of loom or a combination of different types of weaving—think potting aprons with inkle straps, rigid-heddle or pin-loom bags with card-woven handles, or a pillow with a tapestry-woven front and a rigid-heddle-woven back.
Proposals for project and article due: 03/09/2020 Submissions due 05/11/2020.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at [email protected] using the subject line “Little Looms 2021 Submission Question.”