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Open Call for Pattern Designers Fall 2021

by LaChaun Moore

We are excited to share our Fall 2021 open call for weaving patterns! We are looking for experienced weavers to propose rigid heddle, 4-shaft, or tapestry weaving pattern designs for our yarn collections: Duet, Mallo, Beam, and Array

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

For this Open Call, we’re looking for weaving pattern proposals inspired by the theme of Renewal. As the pandemic stretches on, how do we restore what once was while also adapting to this current moment?

Perhaps it’s by renewing old friendships, renewing our focus at the loom by learning a new technique, or renewing a kitchen with the perfectly designed handwoven towel. What’s making you feel new and refreshed, and how would you translate that feeling into your weaving?

Selected patterns will be published in the Spring and Summer of 2022, and should reflect color and design choices that will inspire our community of weavers in those seasons.

*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 October 8, 2021-October 29, 2021.

All participants will be notified of the status of their application by November 12, 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 for rigid heddle and 4-shaft weaving projects 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, 4 shaft or tapestry looms.

PROJECT WIDTH

The most common loom size for 4-shaft and rigid heddle projects is around 24" wide, with tapestry patterns frequently more narrow. 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 Beam, or a combination of 1oz and 4 oz cones of Array. Over all project yarn budget should not exceed $100. 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! All projects must also be wet finished, finishing instructions should be included in final pattern. 

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. If your design is selected, you will be mailed complimentary yarn to weave the sample project. Gist Yarn will ask to approve a woven sample no smaller than 3X3” and no larger than 5X5” (larger only if necessary for a particular design) before the final pattern is accepted. Final woven projects will be mailed to Gist Yarn for photography and then will be returned to you. Gist will pay for shipping of yarn and return of sample and final weavings. Designers are responsible for shipping costs to send sample and final weavings to Gist. Payment will be sent with in 30 days of patterns published date.

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.

Gist Yarn will continue to provide access to our free patterns on our website. Patterns produced in collaboration with designers through our Open Call will be available for purchase 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, Beam, and Array 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: October 8, 2021, at 8 a.m. EST
  • Applications Close: October 29, 2021, at 11 p.m. EST 
  • Final Application Status Notification: November 12, 2021
  • Accepted Woven Goods and Pattern Due: February 10, 2022

 

Submitting Your Proposal

In order to submit a full application designers are required to fill out this application form and submit images to dropbox folder.

In order to upload to Dropbox you must first make a folder on your computer or laptop, then add your images to that folder. Please label your folder with your lastname underscore firstname underscore Fall 21.

Example: Lastname_Firstname_Fall21 or Moore_LaChaun_Fall21. Once your folder is properly labeled upload your folder to this link. If you are submitting multiple patterns you can upload them to the same folder. 

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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