Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Nature always wears the color of the spirit.” In other words, often our individual moods and biases affect how we view the natural world around us. A forest might be enchanting to one person and spooky to another. I’d like to think the same applies to the color of yarn and textiles. Weavers appreciate the beauty of natural-colored sheep’s wool and wild silks as well as the skill that goes into ikat and shibori.
Believe it or not, Sarah Jackson's Peaceful Rhythm Towels from May/June 2014 don't use dyed yarns. Instead, the colors come from Naturally dyed cottons.
To celebrate the variety, the Winter 2024 issue of Handwoven will be about weaving with yarn in natural colors as well as yarns to which you’ve added color using dyeing and other methods. This could mean naturally colored cotton, silk, linen, or wool as well as woven shibori, ikat, eco-printing, space dyeing, mud dyeing, ice dyeing, and natural dyeing.
Check out the palette for the issue here.
Please note that we have changed our submission process and are 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 by April 1, 2024, 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 by the final submissions date listed below.
Proposals for projects and articles due: ~~2/12/2024~~ extended to 2/20/2024
Submissions in the form of photographs and article outlines due: 4/1/2024
Final submissions, including projects and paperwork, due: 5/13/2024
If you would like to get a head start on the paperwork, look here to choose the one that fits your project.
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.