I won’t pretend to know anything about photography. The only camera I own is my phone, but I have learned a lot about details during my tenure as editor. I have watched as our photo stylist, designer, and photographer folded and refolded a stack of towels, sometimes spending an hour or more just to get the right shot with the right light—and since it’s Handwoven, making sure that the weave structure is visible. At first I admit it felt silly, but then one day, I found myself rearranging a pair of scissors and asking for shots of them closed, open, slightly open, and turned this way and that, and I knew they had me. Those little details make a difference.
Our September/October 2021 issue is about the details in weaving that make a difference and move a project from okay to great. Here’s a little example: When Tom Knisley is weaving his hems, he puts in a double pick for the two fold lines. Doing that gives him visual cues when it comes to pressing and sewing the hems. It’s a little detail, but his hems are always straight and even. We would like to know about these types of things that you do to make your weaving better—whether it is something like adding an extra pick to a hem or mixing your warp colors in a way that makes them sing without being obvious or modifying a draft to make it better.
Here is the official description of the Detail-Oriented issue theme:
How do you make an ordinary weaving project extraordinary? It’s often the details that make the difference between one and the other. It might be a simple trick you often employ, a more complicated specific technique for a unique project, or even a finish that’s more than just twisting fringe. We’re looking for projects that go the extra mile.
We picked a special autumn-themed palette for the issue: Handwoven September/October 2021 color palette
Please note that we have changed our submission process. We are now basing our project selections for each issue on contributor photographs rather than the physical piece. We will review all proposals and ask for additional photographs if needed. After the project selection meeting, we will contact everyone whose project is accepted and ask that it be submitted along with the paperwork. If you would like to get a head start on the paperwork, it can be found here.
Proposals for projects and articles due: 10/12/2020
Photographs of projects due: 12/28/2020
Article text and photographs due: 12/28/2020
Physical projects and paperwork due: 02/01/2021
Please use the 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.
Please submit your proposals for projects and articles that show how paying attention to detail makes a great project even better.