Handwoven May - June 2018

Each issue offers a stunning collection of enticing weaving projects. But the magazine is more than that: it's a pattern book, and weave structure textbook, it's a place to discover original designs, and find solutions to weaving challenges. For over 20 years Handwoven has been an indispensable resource for weavers.

United States
Long Thread Media LLC
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in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

A FEW YEARS AGO, I attended the exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica mural at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. Picasso started the mural upon hearing about the bombing of the Basque city in April 1937, and by June 1937 he had finished what has become one of his most famous paintings. Besides the power of the piece, what struck me about the exhibition was the large room full of drawings that Picasso created prior to putting paint on canvas. The sheer volume of sketches was overwhelming. Some of those images made it into the final piece, others did not. Picasso had the knowledge and experience from a lifetime of painting and studying art to enable him to go from inspiration to idea to implementation in only three months. That exhibit…

1 min.
future themes

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 The Great Group Weaving Challenge Study groups, start your engines! For this issue, we challenge weaving guilds and study groups to choose a theme that takes members in interesting new directions and expands their skills. We will present a set of projects from each winning group. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 Lace and Friends In this issue, we explore the marriage of cloth and air. Handwoven lace can be subtle or striking, and it can be paired with other weave structures for interesting effects. We will also look at some of lace’s cousins, such as spot weaves. JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 The Best of Both Worlds: Yarn Blends Combining fibers in one yarn often brings out their best qualities, and lately it seems there are many blends to choose from. Yarn blends behave differently while weaving and in wet-finishing, sometimes making…

2 min.

ON LIFE AND WEAVING Here’s my current project on the loom. The picture is just eye candy. I wanted to share with you how much I’ve learned about life from weaving. It started when I realized that there’s always a reason for what’s happening on the loom, even when I can’t understand it right away. With patience, grace to myself, and practicing curiosity rather than frustration, I can figure it out. Why is my floating selvedge not as high in the reed on the left as on the right? I look and see the hanging selvedge is resting on the top of the back beam! Time to lengthen it. Why does the weaving look too open there? Oops, I missed a dent in the threading. Unweave those first 2 inches. Patiently. Then…

4 min.
what’s happening

FIBER FESTIVALS ROUNDUP YOU CAN MEET YOUR MAKER—or at least your yarn’s maker—when you shop at wool and fiber festivals. A bit like a cross between a county fair and your favorite local yarn shop, a fiber festival features fiber animals, spinning and weaving contests, juried exhibits, demonstrations, classes, food, and, of course, plenty of opportunity to buy fiber in all its forms directly from local ranchers and spinners. Each fiber festival has something to make it unique, such as sheepdog demonstrations, live music, folk dancing, and sheep parades, but they all provide weavers, spinners, and other fiber enthusiasts a chance to meet the folks—and animals—who produce their fleeces, roving, and yarns. Most fiber festivals take place yearly in the United States from May through October. Here’s a short roundup of six…

2 min.
convergence 2018

ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS, weavers from around the world make the pilgrimage to the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Convergence conference for a week of fiber-related workshops, field trips, shopping, and speakers. Most importantly, though, it’s an opportunity for weavers to meet, network, and simply spend time with others who speak the same language and understand the “weaver’s handshake.” If this sounds like heaven to you, you’re in luck—there’s still time to make plans to attend the 2018 HGA Convergence. This year, the conference will take place in Reno, Nevada, at the Peppermill Resort. HGA has put together a diverse schedule filled with workshops and classes led by heavyweights of the weaving world including Rosalie Neilson, John Mullarkey, Daryl Lancaster, and Robyn Spady. Classes cover a wide range of subjects, and…

6 min.
travel, design, weave: mexico

I VIEW THE DESIGN PROCESS as a giant rabbit warren. Once I get my head into that burrow, I may be gone until Christmas. Much of weaving is nicely ordered—after you learn how to dress your loom, read a draft, and throw a shuttle, you can make some lovely items. If you use common materials and follow instructions well, success is pretty much guaranteed. Design, on the other hand, is more elusive. Although there are many books on weaving practice and structures, only a few tackle weaving design. I constantly look for ways to learn more about color and design as it relates to weaving. I studied art, but theories for the fine arts don’t adapt easily to weaving—and there are enough color wheels going around out there to detach your…