Call for Submissions: May/June 2021—Checks and Plaids

We are looking for some great checks and plaids project and article proposals for our May/June 2021 issue.

Susan E. Horton Jul 20, 2020 - 3 min read

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Checks can be big or small depending on the impact you are looking to make. This combination of color-and-weave patterns is stunning yet simple. Image by Pixabay

Lately I’ve been thinking about checks and plaids. You see them everywhere—in clothing, kitchen and bed linens, and upholstery. I’m particularly intent on checks and plaids because we have them as our theme for the May/June 2021 issue. As research, I’ve been looking through old Handwovens for similar issues, not only to make sure I don’t duplicate an issue from the past but also for ideas of what I would like to see for projects and articles. I’ve also been looking online at glossaries of plaids and reading articles about plaids, tartans, and color-and-weave patterning.

Many plaids are filled with meaning. We are all familiar with tartans, the plaids of the Highlands that relate to clans, the Stewart tartan for example. I think many of us hear the word gingham and are taken back to summer in another era. In my mind’s eye, I see pastels and my favorite dress when I was 5 that was light blue and white gingham with white rickrack and a big bow in the back. Houndstooth is a check of the color-and-weave variety that never seems to go out of style. A few years ago, it surged in popularity resulting in shoes, handbags, and just about every other accessory you can think of in black-and-white houndstooth.ohara mj20 graves inline

For her Playful Pinwheel Plaid scarves in May/June 2020, Sheila O'Hara took a simple plaid and spiced it up with color-and-weave pinwheels. Photo by Matt Graves

For the May/June 2021 issue, we picked out a summery palette of bold bright colors. See them here. Apply those colors to some fun checks and plaids, add some structural twists or other variations, and let’s see where this takes us!

Here is the official issue theme:


May/June 2021—“Plaids and Checks

Plaids and checks never seem to go out of style, and all of them are best when woven. Patterns such as tartans and ginghams might remind us of our past, while others are just beautiful in their complexity or simplicity. We want to push the genre a bit with new approaches to plaids and checks in this issue.

Proposals for projects and articles due: 08/10/2020

Submissions due: 10/12/2020.

(Please note that these dates have been updated since the original editorial calendar was published.)

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

Please use these addresses for inquiries that won’t fit into our submission form.

Editorial email: [email protected]

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 that celebrate checks and plaids.

Weave well,