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Amy L. has once again agreed to coordinate the 2014 towel exchange. These are her rules and contact info.

Fiber: Cotton, linen, hemp, ramie, and/or rayon (please, not 100% rayon!).

Size: 18" x 25" or 425 sq in, minimum, finished. Please allow for shrinkage/draw-in/take-up. They are dishtowels, after all!

Finishing: Hand or machine hemmed, or hemstitched, washed and pressed.

Enclosures: For each towel, please send:

1) A copy of the draft and drawdown, including the source.

2) A short biography, including name, address and email

3) A picture of yourself, your loom, or your studio (optional)

Quantity: Six towels

Fee: Should be no more than $10 within the States, provided postage doesn't go up. International will of course be higher. To get a relatively accurate estimate, calculate postage to zipcode 58701 for a two pound package at www.usps.com and round up to the nearest dollar. To save on postage costs, use the Tyvek envelopes. The Priority Mail ones are free at your local post office, or online at www.usps.com.

Deadline for towel delivery to me: 1 April 2014 (postmarked). I should be able to get them sorted and sent out by the middle of May. Priority mail would be appreciated, as it’s fairly easy to track and delivery is usually quite quick. If you choose something other than mail, please contact me when you ship so I know they’re coming. My address is:

Amy Lenertz

9810 42nd St SE

Minot ND 58701

(701) 240-1140

How to take part: Email me (yarnfloozie@hotmail.com) with your snail mail address. Put ‘towel exchange’ in the subject line.

Queries? Email me! Or, join the Yahoo group wovendishtowels. Well, do that anyway!

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Thank you.


History of the Cyber Dish Towel Exchanges

A little history ...

The idea for this dish towel exchange came from correspondence between Cathi B. and myself in 1995. Cathi had posted a message on the weaving list (weaving@quilt.net) to a new weaver who had just purchased a loom with towel warp on it. The new weaver wanted to cut the warp off, throw it away and put on something more exciting:
"I certainly understand the feeling of wanting to cut off a warp to start something more exciting," Cathi wrote, "but let me stick up for the lonely tea towels! ... Yes, they cost a dollar at Wal-Mart. Yes, no one will ever understand why you would waste the time. Yes, there are many more artistically satisfying, I suppose, items you can weave. But if you weave your dishtowel, every time you reach for it, it will bring a little light into your day that no one else will see. Probably reaching for a dishtowel means that you are doing something that you'd rather not be doing, so an uplift at that time is nice! And for the rest of the family, it is another invisible bit of light that I see every time I use it. So - please think twice before you cut this warp off!"
Cathi and I discussed the possibility of establishing an exchange of handwoven dish towels that other weavers on the list might join if they wanted, so that we could spread this *light* around the world.
And as one weaver noted, "It is better than swatch sample exchanges because you have a useful item."

Dish towels? Why?

Here's what some members of the weaving list have said about weaving dish towels:
 I admit to having been a member of the why-would-anyone-bother club. However, I learned that dish towels are a wonderful, unthreatening way to try out new structures and techniques. You can always say to yourself, "It doesn't really matter; it's only a dishtowel." It's amazing how that attitude can set your emotions and creativity free. As to gifts? Get a wonderful loaf of fresh bread (or bake it yourself), wrap it in the dishtowel, and tie it up with some of the fiber you used to weave the towel. This is a guaranteed memorable gift! - Ruth
 I wove dishtowels ten years ago, and they are still in use. Reason for weaving them ... I could have the exact color, look and feel I wanted. I've also been in the towel exchange, haven't used those yet, I'm waiting for my ten year old ones to give out, and they are just now showing signs of wear. - Pat
 As a beginning and intermediate weaver, I wove a lot of dish towels out of 10/2 unmercerized cotton for about $.50 to $1.00 each. It's nice to have samples that were actual projects at that stage of my weaving. Once I was confident of the structure, then I could go ahead and try it in mercerized cotton, linen, or silk at much higher expense. What else do you use everyday that costs so little in time and effort, and can provide such a good learning experience? - Laurie
  If you had handwoven towels, you wouldn't be able to keep your hands off them to just use them on crystal and silver. They would be the first thing you reach for. - Vila
Chris Gustin
6285 Hamilton Creek Road
Columbus, IN 47201


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