Rejection: Thing for Brooklyn Tweed

At the end of February, I submitted a design to Brooklyn Tweed for their Wool People 8 collection. It’s a fairly unusual hybrid design—something I had to make up a name to describe—but I was hoping my thing was unique and unusual enough to find its way into the viewfinder of Jared Flood’s camera.

When I think of BT, I think of traditional, yet modern designs, but from the three mood boards in their call for submissions—Going Seamless, Modern Shapes, and Details—it seemed like they were going a bit off-center with this collection. My design is definitely off-center. Plus, it’s fairly easy and addicting to knit (hello, garter stitch), and it calls for three colors of Shelter, which could mean lots of yarn sales for the company.

Plus, a couple of months ago, I ordered what’s called a “shade card” from Brooklyn Tweed. Most yarn companies offer them. They’re little snippets of the actual yarn with the name of each color. Designers and knitters use them to get an idea of the true color and feel of the yarn, and it helps you play with combining colors. Some companies send them out for free, but Brooklyn Tweed charges $7.50 for theirs. Normally, I wouldn’t pay for a shade card, but for some reason I did, which I took as a good sign, because I ordered the shade card way before the call for submissions went out.

Regardless of signs, potentially millions of dollars in yarn sales from my design alone, and my own bravado, my thing (I didn’t call it a thing in the submission) was rejected last week in a very polite email from BT’s project coordinator, Bristol Ivy.

I knew going in that acceptance would be a long shot, and perhaps I was rejected because I’m a relatively new designer, not plugged in (yet) to the design community the way Melissa LaBarre, Michelle Wang, Carol Feller, and Gudrun Johnston are. Or perhaps Marie Wallin submitted a design and they decided to devote the entire collection to it. (That’s exactly what I would do.)

More likely, my design just wasn’t right for this collection.

I’m going to submit my thing elsewhere, so this is all I can show you:

More interesting than it looks.

On the bright side:

  • I was one of approximately 185 other people who were also rejected.
  • Rejection is part of the submission process, but so is acceptance.
  • Red grapes are on sale.


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