Even with the most meticulous planning, what comes off your loom can surprise you. You might think of a better way to weave something after the fact. Here is my story, now long enough in the past not to completely drive me crazy.
I wove the runner pictured above using hand-dyed 30/2 natural silk and linen. It is doubleweave and I planned the top very carefully. I wove the runner beautifully, paying attention to my beat and selvedges. I wanted it to be two-sided, and it is. I finished it with the hems tucked inside and added tassels on each end.
It wasn’t until I had finished the runner that I realized that the two sides are virtually identical. Instead of having a runner that I could use as if it were two runners depending on my mood, I have one. Of course, if one side gets stained, I can always flip it, but still!
Projects like my runner are not what we are hoping to see for our November/December 2020 issue. Instead we are asking to see projects that are equally interesting on both sides.
Here is the official description of the Dynamic Duos issue:
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020: Dynamic Duos
Remember the scarf you carefully wove, only to take it off the loom and find that the back was prettier than the front? Or the runner you didn’t want to hem so you could use both sides? This is your chance to celebrate two-sided weaving.
Send us your projects that are equally interesting on front and back and articles about those types of designs and how to use them.
Proposals for projects and articles due: 1/3/2020
Submissions due: 2/24/2020
Mail proposals and inquiries to: Handwoven November/December 2020
Editorial USPS address:
Long Thread Media
PO Box 2579
Loveland, CO 80539
Editorial physical address:
Long Thread Media
446 E 29th St, Box 2579
Loveland, CO 80538
Please send me your proposals for projects and articles about weaving that is different yet interesting on both sides.