Now that I'm working out of our Colorado offices more frequently, I'm getting to work more closely with my sisters in stitch at our other publications. You probably won't be surprised to hear that weavers, spinners, knitters, and crocheters are just as fanatical about their fiber habits as we art quilters are. I find the handspun and woven fibers that dangle from some of my fellow editors' desks particularly hard to resist, and so I've asked Handwoven Managing Editor Pattie Graver to introduce you to her world. Prepare to get entangled in a new fiber obsession!
In honor of Spinning and Weaving Week, I am here again to tell you about the wonderful warped world that I live in.
It's fun to work at Interweave. When new magazines come out, there's always an opportunity to take a peek and see what other folks are doing. Not only do I get to indulge my passion for weaving, but I get to be an armchair quilter, knitter, spinner, crocheter, and seamstress. I was especially interested in two articles in the October/November 2010 issue of Quilting Arts. I'd love to try the oatmeal resist on undyed, handwoven, cotton cloth. I noticed that Lisa Kerpoe will be doing more on kitchen resists, and I'm hoping for one with pasta. Remember those wagon wheel shapes? Then, there were those adorable Boro Bobbles. Oh, what a weaverly project! I love to sample, and I can use some of my experiments to make bobbles. This armchair seamstress may even get brave enough to post my Boro Bobbles on Quilting Daily! Tell me something? Do they have to be round?
Okay, I've told you how Quilting Arts is relevant to me as a handweaver, and now I want to tell you why quilters would like Handwoven. First I have to ask you: Can you keep a secret? We haven't really announced this to weavers yet, although word does seem be to getting around. (Dang, it must be Facebook!) We're having a fashion show-in Europe-next September. We will choose 10 garments to appear in our September/October 2011 issue of Handwoven. Those 10 items (I said "items," not people) will end up on the runway in…you'll just have to wait and see!
In the meantime, we invite you to start preparing a fantastic wearable piece of fiber art to submit. Garments will be due in April, so there's plenty of time to exchange a favor with a handweaving friend. You can teach them how to "stitch in the ditch" and they can teach you how to warp a loom. In no time at all, you could be weaving a lovely twill fabric for a beautiful shawl or sew the piece it into a stunning garment with quilted embellishments and enter it in our upcoming competition.
Be sure to visit weavingtoday.com where we will soon be posting all of the information for our challenge. Check out our November/December issue of Handwoven, too. It focuses on the joy of the process; something weavers, quilters, and all artisans can share. Everyone knows that you have to be warped to weave, but don't let our warped ways scare you away from weaving. You already love cloth. Let Handwoven help you get to know the amazing world of fabric even more.