Open Call for Pattern Designers

by LaChaun Moore

We are excited to share our first open call for weaving patterns! We are looking for experienced weavers to propose rigid heddle and 4 shaft pattern designs for our yarn collections: Duet, Mallo, and Beam

Selected designers will receive financial compensation and the yarn required to complete their project. Patterns will be published by Gist Yarn and shared with our community of weavers. Please read below for all of the details, and reach out to LaChaun Moore at designers@gistyarn.com with any questions.

Inspiration and Ideas

This past year has been hard for so many, and filled with a yearning for better days ahead. As we look with optimism towards the future, we are seeking projects that evoke a feeling of hope.

Maybe it’s the anticipation of gathering with friends and family, easy hugs in shared spaces. The warmth that is present in every handmade gift - an offering of love and time. A desire for a better world, safe and just and healthy for everyone. The promise in a freshly wound warp and the quiet moments spent passing shuttles through your hands.

We have put together a few color palettes to inspire your ideas, along with a moodboard and playlist.

Application Process

Design proposals will be accepted in a free and open application. Our submission window is January 29, 2021-February 22, 2021.

All participants will be notified of the status of their application by March 8, 2021.

Please read through this page carefully, referring to the pattern requirements and important dates. When you are ready to submit your proposal, please fill out this form.

Pattern Requirements

As you are designing your projects, keep the following requirements in mind. These guidelines help to keep our patterns accessible.

PROJECT CATEGORY

Our most popular pattern categories include scarves/shawls, towels/table linens, and other home accessories like throw blankets and accent rugs. 

LOOM TYPE

Pattern submissions should be suitable for rigid heddle or 4 shaft looms.

PROJECT WIDTH

The most common loom size is around 24" wide. We will accept patterns with a weaving width of up to 30". 

SKILL LEVEL

Pattern submissions should be suitable for beginner or intermediate skill levels.

YARN REQUIREMENTS

To keep our kits affordable, the required yarn for pattern designs should range between 1-3 cones of Duet, Mallo and/or Beam. We encourage you to mix yarn from each of these collections (e.g., Mallo in the warp and Duet in the weft).

SEWING/FINISHING

Projects should require minimal sewing, if any. We encourage weavers to hem their projects by hand or machine, depending on what they have available. Hemstitch is always a great option!

Compensation and Rights

If your design is selected for publication, Gist Yarn will provide a flat rate of $400 for you to weave and write the pattern. We will also provide all of the required yarn. Payment will be sent upon receipt of the written pattern and woven goods.

Gist Yarn will hold exclusive rights to publish the pattern for one year from the date it is published. You will retain rights to also publish the pattern on your own platform after the initial one year period. We kindly ask that you do not sell your pattern in the future for less than the asking price on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit more than one design proposal?

Yes! You are welcome to submit multiple ideas. Please complete a separate form submission for each proposal.

What qualifies as an experienced weaver? Do I need to be published before?

We are looking for pattern designs from weavers who have at least a few projects under their belt, and a good understanding of how to select yarn colors and structures to complement the project. However, you don't need to be published before - in fact, we are especially excited to see pattern designs from newer weavers who haven't published before.

Do I need to design my own draft?

Drafts should be your own original design, or adapted from a published book of weaving drafts. If you submit a draft from a published book, please include a citation including author, book title, and page number. We cannot accept designs that include drafts from other yarn or pattern companies, or drafts found on the internet that do not have author attributions.

Can I submit designs I have already published?

We are looking for new, original designs that have not yet been published. 

Can I include yarn other than Duet, Mallo, and Beam in my project?

At this time we will only be accepting projects designed entirely with Duet, Mallo, and Beam. We encourage you to mix yarn from each of these collections (e.g., Mallo in the warp and Duet in the weft).

What if I want to design a project that uses more than 3 cones of yarn?

To keep the cost of kits affordable, we are only accepting projects that use between 1 and 3 cones of yarn.

Are you offering a royalty to pattern designers?

At this time we do not offer royalties for pattern sales. We pay our designers a flat rate of $400 per pattern published. This ensures that designers are fairly compensated for their time even if the pattern doesn’t sell well on our website.

Do you have to be in the United States to submit a pattern?

We accept proposals from anywhere in the world. Please submit your pattern in the Imperial system (inches, yards, etc.). We pay with USD.

What happens if you don’t accept my pattern?

It takes a lot of resources for us to publish a pattern and unfortunately we won’t be able to accept all submissions. However, we are honored that you are interested in designing patterns with our yarn and encourage you to self publish or publish on other platforms. If you create the pattern, please tag us on social media and we will do our best to share it with our audience.

Important Dates

  • Applications Open: January 29, 2021 at 8 a.m. EST
  • Applications Close: February 22, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST
  • Final Application Status Notification: March 8, 2021
  • Accepted Woven Goods and Pattern Due: May 17, 2021

Ready to Submit?

When you are ready to submit your proposal, please fill out this form with all of the required information. If you have any additional questions feel free to reach out to designers@gistyarn.com.



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