Call For Submissions! Handwoven May/June 2022: Plain and Fancy Twills

Twills can be simple or complex, but they are all related, and they are all interesting for different reasons.

Susan E. Horton Jul 5, 2021 - 4 min read

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Twill on the loom. Photo by Nick Wood on Unsplash

I don’t know about you, but when there is a Jeopardy category with a title that has anything to do with cloth or yarn, I get excited because I just might do well for a change. Just the other day, the answer was something about tweed and I was thrilled that not only had one of the contestants asked, “What is twill?” but that I had said it first. Apparently I am easily pleased.

Twill is the first structure many new weavers try after plain weave. It feels like a natural next step to move from simply going over and under one thread at a time to jumping two or more at a time and those little jumps open up a whole world of possibilities. As with most weave structures, twills come in many variations. There are simple twills such as 2/2 twills, sweet twills such as rosepath, and there are more complex twills such as undulating twills and fancy twills, but all of them are related, and all of them are based on the weft threads skipping over and under multiple warp ends. That interesting juncture of similarity and versatility in twill led us to devote our May/June 2022 issue to it. Here is the official issue theme:

Plain and Fancy Twills

Some twills are so simple that they can feel almost ordinary until you realize those little floats add texture, drape, stretch, and lots of design opportunities. On the opposite side of the spectrum are the fancy twills that have all of those same characteristics but look anything but simple. We know you love them all. Send us your articles and projects based on twills of all sorts.


Check out the palette for the issue here.

Please note that we have changed our submission process and are also using a new submission form. We base our project selections for each issue on contributor photographs. We will review the proposals and ask for additional photographs if needed, to be sent in at the end of September for this issue. After the project-selection meeting, we will contact everyone whose project is accepted and ask that it be submitted along with the project paperwork.

Proposals for projects and articles due: 08/02/2021
Submissions in the form of photographs and article outlines due: 09/27/2021
Final submissions, including projects and paperwork, due: 11/01/2021

If you would like to get a head start on the paperwork, look here to choose the one that fits your project.

Please use our Handwoven submission form for proposals. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Please use the email address below for inquiries that won’t fit into our submission form. Please contact us and ask for a physical address to send any pieces of your proposal that cannot be emailed.

Editorial email
[email protected]

We can't wait to see your proposals for projects and articles about the many types of weave structures we know as twill.

Weave well,