Challenge Yourself by Weaving a Project for Handwoven

Ever wondered what the process is for getting a project into Handwoven? Here are some steps to follow.

Susan E. Horton Nov 14, 2019 - 3 min read

Challenge Yourself by Weaving a Project for Handwoven   Primary Image

Scarf based on Sara Bixler's Rainbow Shawl - Photo by Susan E. Horton

It’s not easy to put yourself out there. I admire any weavers who show their work at show-and-tell, enter contests, give handwoven gifts, teach, sell their scarves at a guild booth, or submit their projects to Handwoven. If you do any of those things, you are pushing down those nagging feelings of not being a good enough weaver. You are in the arena rather than sitting on the sidelines.

We try to make the process of submitting a project to Handwoven as simple and painless as possible. Below are the basic steps, although more about submitting both projects and articles can be found here.

Read the Editorial Calendar for the year or the Call For Submissions for a specific issue to determine due dates and themes.

Before the proposal due date, send a proposal via this form for proposals.

Include the following in your proposal:
• Project type (scarf, napkins, runner, etc.)
• Short introduction regarding the project and how it fits into an issue’s theme
• Loom type (4-shaft, rigid-heddle, inkle, etc.)
• Weave structure
• Pictures, if you have any
• Your contact information

We will let you know whether we think your proposal is a good fit for the issue. If we think it is, we will ask you to send us more photographs if necessary.

An art committee will evaluate and review all projects for the issue based on the submitted photographs and information gathered from the proposal. If your project is selected for the issue, you will be asked to complete and submit the project paperwork that includes the introduction, project at a glance, steps, and a short author bio. (We highly recommend you fill out the paperwork as you work on the project.)

We will send you a contract. We will also send you a galley of your article to review before it is published.

You will be happy to see your project in print and will have something special for show-and-tell at the next guild meeting. You will be in the arena and ready for your next challenge!

Weave well,