Conference Challenge and Exchange

What: A runner, of course! (If you make a scarf or a shawl or something like that and can call it a table runner with a clear conscience, we’re cool with that…).

Why: Two reasons …

  • One is to encourage you to try a weave structure that might be new to you or just not well explored. 
  • The other is to examine and interpret something about Texas waterways—history, geography, geology, culture, recreation, whatever. 

Size, Color, Fiber: We trust your judgement ( although machine wash-ability would be helpful.

Design Guidelines: Here’s the fun part — STRUCTURE is based on the FIRST LETTER OF YOUR FIRST NAME. The waterways of Texas will serve as your inspiration for color choice, block placement, and weaving treatment. See below for specific guidelines. To print the program guidelines, download the brochure: 2021 Runner Challenge Exchange Brochure

Handwoven publishes guidelines for weaving table runners at

What will happen with it: Send your finished runner (or runners) to the conference team. Then, at the conference you recieve your exchange and go home with as many as you put in. (Info in the brochure)

Conference Exchange 2021: “A Fiber Runs Through It” Table Runner
Now is the perfect time to start your exchange project.
Design Guidelines are available to download at
2021 Runner Challenge Exchange Brochure

How Do I Participate?

  1. Let us know you are part of the Challenge Group – Email Rasa Silenas at [email protected] to let her know you intend to participate in the challenge. Include your name, phone number and email address.
  2. Design your Runner – Use the guidelines in the 2021 Runner Challenge Exchange Brochure to develop your design.
  3. Use our CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM to tell us about your item. As soon as you have the information about the design of your project, please print an online Challenge Entry Form to share those details. That helps us prepare display labels. Be sure and keep a copy for yourself so that you can attach to the actual item when it is sent.
  4. Weave Your Runner
  5. Finish Your Runner – Be sure to attach a label with your name so that the recipient knows who created the runner
  6. Complete the runner and mail to the address on the entry form so that it arrives by May 1, 2021. Be sure to follow the instructions for a signed delivery.
  • The Actual Exchange will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 6 pm at the conference. We will use a blind exchange. Runners will be placed in plain wrappers. Participants will draw numbers for their place in the selection and will select bag in the order of their numbers.
  • Contact for questions or information:
    Rasa Silenas
    [email protected]
    (210) 887-4253

Design Guidelines
Structure: Use the structure listed for the first letter of your first name as the dominant (or at least very visible) structure in your weave:
A. Atwater-Bronson lace
B. Basketweave
C. Crackle
D. Summer and Winter-Dukagang
E. Echo
F. Fancy twill
G. Goose-eye twill
H. Huck
I. Honeycomb
J. Wild card (you pick!)
K. Monk’s Belt
L. Hand-manipulated lace
M. Ms and Os
N. Canvas weave
O. Overshot
P. Point twill
QVXYZ: Summer and Winter—X
R: Rosepath
S: Straight twill
T: Tabby
U. Undulating twill
W: Supplementary warp

Design Inspirations
Option A: Pick a river, creek or spring that is meaningful to you and design around some aspect of it—color, landscape, wildlife, activities… eg. You might be inspired by the colors of the bathing trunks of the kids swimming at Landa Park, or the sparkle of the moon on your local river, or the history of Native Americans around a spring you visited.
Option B: Use the design inspiration listed for the first letter of your last name:
A. Artesian Springs, Acequias, Arkansas River
B. Balmorrhea, Bridges, Brazos River, Barton Springs, Buffalo Bayou
C. Crayfish or canoes, Colorado River
D. Dragonflies or ducks
E. Edwards Aquifer or Endangered species
F. Flowing water or Geologic Faults
G. Grasses, Rio Grande, Guadalupe River
H. Herons, Hydrogeology of Texas, Hippie Hollow
I. Indian artifacts
J. Mission San Jose, San Jacinto River
K. Karst limestone
L. Limestone, Llano River, Landa Springs
M. Mary Miegs Atwater, Missions, Medina River
N. Night on the river, Nueces River, Navasota River
O. Onion Creek, Olé! Spanish culture along the San Antonio River
P. Pebbles, Paseo del Rio (the Riverwalk), Perdenales River
Q. XYZ: Yanaguana (the Payaya Indian name for the San Antonio River)
R. Rapids, Reeds, Red River
S. Sunlight on water, Salamanders, San Marcos Springs
T. Trickling, Turtles, Trinity River
U. Underground caves
V. Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo)
W. Waterfalls, Water powered industry


(for Current Members, as of 12/31/20)
Begins January 15, 2021


Begins February 2, 2021

Download the interactive Conference Brochure Here

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