Writers Wanted

I hereby kindly and respectfully request that you work at getting published. We are in a terrible weaving book drought and we need books (but also magazine articles, too). We need project books that inspire. A book might be focused on a technique, for example, but be illustrated with projects. Think of a book on lace knitting when you think of a book on lace weaving. Writing a book can be intense and stressful: The deadline is looming.

From my personal experience, though, it is highly rewarding. Not from fame and fortune (don’t expect it), but from the joy and challenge that comes from discovery, pushing your designing and writing skills, as well as the other opportunities writing a book affords you: teaching, travel, TV, other articles. Like it or not, being a book author gives what you do an added legitimacy. If you’ve never designed or written for publication, I suggest that you first try writing some magazine articles. This way you’ll understand how to design and write for an audience, what its like to work with an editor, and how it feels to see your work in print. Before beginning, it is wise to study the magazine you want your work to appear in, as well as get a copy of their writer’s guidelines and what they pay. A good way to test the waters is to look for a call for submissions, a special contest, gallery to which you might contribute for practice. Where to submit? For weaving projects with instructions, the choices in the US are almost exclusively Handwoven and the new on-line magazine, Weavezine. I love the Swedish magazine Vav, but you’ll need to be sure your designs have a Scandinavian aesthetic. I encourage you to reach out to non-weaving venues and submit simple projects. The recent Craft magazine is a case in point, but also what about Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, and Living Craft? Like seeing knitting everywhere, that’s where I want to see weaving go…

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.