Quilting / Colour-Blocking / Bold Colour Combinations.
As knitters and crocheters, we know that our creations are both a product of and limited by our medium. Limitations are useful; they help define a course and can help keep us on track. We love the way knitting urges us to create horizontal stripes, make cable textures, and to use increases and decreases to experiment with lace patterns.
But we can’t help looking at other textile-based crafts and wanting to incorporate their aesthetic, too. We want to have it all! Recently we’ve been obsessing over quilts and are so inspired by the resourcefulness, practicality, community, and design elements that they incorporate. Working within the medium of pieces of woven fabric layered with batting, quilts can be masterpieces of geometry, combined with gentle texture. They can be immaculate and mathematical, or they can be abstract and bold, or even wobbly and improvised, like those by the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Simple quilts can be great canvases for colour blocking, and the natural right angles of the warp and weft of woven fabric mean rectangles and squares are frequently featured.
Spring 2021 is inspired by the geometry and resourcefulness of quiltmaking. We want to see knit and crochet designs that showcase those two aspects of this craft. It could be that a design incorporates a clever way to use up scraps, or it could be that colour-blocking references the bold designs of quilts, or perhaps a textural element is referenced.
However you choose to incorporate quilts and geometry, we can’t wait to see it! As this will be a spring issue, transitional pieces would be particularly good and accessories are always welcome.
Don’t forget that we also feature articles and tutorials! We would love to see any submissions proposing stories or crafts that explore this quarter’s themes.
Deadline: Please submit your ideas by Sunday 5th July, midnight GMT. If your design has been selected, you will be notified by the end of July. Finished patterns, samples, and articles will then be due in early November for publication in February 2021.
Compensation/support: Compensation is offered on a scale of difficulty of the pattern/length of article, etc. We provide yarn support. You can also rest assured your pattern will be presented in the best light possible, with professional tech editing, beautiful photography, and brilliant graphic design. Payment is by bank transfer in the UK, Paypal or Transferwise if you are abroad. Each contributor will receive a printed copy of the magazine.
Articles: Please click here for article proposal information.
At Pom Pom we are also interested in other crafts, music, food, art, and culture. If you have any tutorials or article ideas within these realms which you think might be of interest to our knitting and crochet audience, let us know. See below for contact details.
Pom Pom celebrates and supports diversity in our pages, our community, and our team. All races, religions, abilities, sexualities, genders, and bodies are encouraged to submit, and we are here to help if you need any particular accommodations.
Please use the form below which outlines all the information required for your submission. Be sure to read the form carefully and include all necessary elements including a sketch on a body and an image of your swatch. You will be able to upload a PDF including your sketches, swatches, and other information at the bottom of the form. Only PDF files up to 1 MB in size will be accepted. Once you’ve submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email. You may submit as many ideas as you like, but you will need to upload each separately.
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