Hello Designers! We have now opened submissions for our next Wool People collection (Issue 14) and we’re looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time!
About Wool People
Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People is an annual design series curated and produced by Brooklyn Tweed.
In each issue, we commission a small group of guest designers to create original knitting patterns for our yarns. We work directly with the designers and their ideas to collaboratively assemble each collection.
We believe in fair compensation for the design talent. A generous portion of every pattern sale will always go directly to the designer for the life of the pattern. In the spirit of collaboration, each designer also retains the rights to their own work.
Submitted designs are selected for publication based on merit alone and how they will fit within the broader theme of the collection.
In addition to the Submission Requirements listed below, we ask that designers include with their submission one PDF document that lists their personal information (name, pronouns, and email) as well as a short artist’s bio.
Brooklyn Tweed is committed to fostering a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are seeking and encouraging designers of all races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, abilities, genders, and sexualities to submit their designs for our Wool People collections.
We are also actively moving towards representations of people of all physical abilities and body shapes, and hope that submitted designs will be inclusive and mindful of these groups when considering garment construction and sizes.
View our submission themes via our Wool People 14 Mood Board, which include detailed submission guidelines and inspiration to get your design gears turning.
The deadline for proposals is May 5, 2019. We will be in touch by June 10, 2019 if your design has been selected. If one of your designs is accepted for use in the final collection, your written pattern and knitted sample will be due September 20, 2019. The projected publication date is April 2020.
Brooklyn Tweed will cover yarn support to the designer for producing the Wool People sample, tech editing, layout, photography, promotion, pattern support for customers, and any errata updates. Designer is responsible for providing the pattern using Brooklyn Tweed preferred formatting (style sheet provided), charts, and schematics. Designer is also required to have the sample produced, either to be knit by the designer or their designated sample knitter.
Designers will receive, in perpetuity: 40% of Ravelry proceeds, 10% of Ravelry LYS In-Store Sales proceeds, and 40% of proceeds from Brooklyn Tweed website sales. In addition, they will be paid a design fee ranging from $150-400 USD after completion of tech editing, depending on complexity of project and design process.
The designer retains all rights to the work. Brooklyn Tweed holds rights to distribute the pattern on the Brooklyn Tweed website, on Ravelry, and through wholesale channels. The designer agrees to not offer the pattern for sale on their own website or elsewhere as long as Brooklyn Tweed’s version is available for sale on the Brooklyn Tweed website and/or on Ravelry.com. As publisher, if Brooklyn Tweed decides in the future to no longer offer the pattern for sale, the designer is granted permission to publish the work in a self-produced format for sale on their own website (not including Ravelry) with the understanding that the format provided by Brooklyn Tweed may not be used or duplicated.
Proposals must include the following:
~ Design sketch (hand-drawn and digital are both acceptable)
~ Photographs of swatches; swatches should be no smaller than 5”x5” (swatches do not need to be worked in a Brooklyn Tweed yarn)
~ A short paragraph about your inspiration and what interests you about this specific design
~ Links to your web page URL and/or your Ravelry designer page
~ A short bio about yourself
As well as a short list of design information including:
~ Specifics about construction details and direction of knitting
~ Shaping information
~ Intended ease and fit
~ Intended Brooklyn Tweed yarn and possible color choices
~ Special techniques used
~ Any additional information you feel is important about the design
Proposals must be submitted in PDF format.
Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions or queries can also be sent to email@example.com.
We encourage and happily accept submissions from international designers.
We are only accepting knitting submissions at this time.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list for future calls for submissions, you can sign up here.