I am thrilled to see crochet worn by the people I walk
past on the street, on the fashion runway, and in clothing stores. A variety of
traditional crochet techniques, such as Tunisian crochet, thread crochet, and
tapestry crochet, are benefitting from this increased popularity and number of
crochet enthusiasts. Modern designers are applying these traditional techniques
to contemporary clothing, accessory, and home décor items.
But we can't forget crochet's history as we move toward
its future. Almost every week I learn about a new crochet tradition, whether it
is the Korsnäs Sweaters featured in Knitting
Traditions or the intricate lace collars created in the 1800s. I know many
of you have your own stories of crochet's traditions to share. Crochet
Traditions, a PieceWork special issue, is currently looking for
article and project submissions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Crochet Traditions 2012 Call for Submissions
a special publication from PieceWork magazine,
interconnects enticing crochet projects and techniques with rich historical
narrative. For our second edition, we are looking for well-researched feature
stories accompanied by fine thread crochet projects that complement the story
or projects accompanied by introductions that provide the historical
information on the pattern, the technique, or both. In either case, the
historical context is paramount. Stand-alone projects or techniques without at
least an introduction outlining the historical context, will not be accepted
are due by 1/28/2012; all accepted submissions will be due 3/1/12.
Please submit all proposals electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidelines for All Submissions:
you are not already familiar with the content, style, and tone of Crochet Traditions, we suggest you read
a few current issues of PieceWork
magazine as it follows much the same format. We expect that the submission you
ask us to consider has not been published nor is it presently submitted
elsewhere. If any part of your submission has been published previously, please
let us know when and by whom (this includes photographs on your blog or on
social networking sites).
should display technical expertise. Include a complete list of all materials
used (the materials list should include the manufacturer of the product, the
distributor, if any, the put up, amount required, color name and/or number),
and complete step-by-step instructions, along with all diagrams and/or
illustrations necessary to complete the project, if available. Alternatively,
provide swatches, sketches, images.
a detailed proposal that will give us a clear idea of what to expect in a
finished piece. If we accept your proposal, and once we've discussed any
editorial adjustments to the project concept and agreed on the details, you
will begin work on the project and instructions.
length may vary from 1,500 to 4,000 words depending on the subject matter.
Stories focusing on a particular person in crochet history are encouraged.
Material should display in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and carefully documented
research with all sources acknowledged.
Historical and technical accuracy are essential, but the tone should be
personal. Use primary resources such as letters and diaries whenever possible
to make the story arresting to the reader. Strive for clear organization as you
convey information, but also include vivid detail and engaging quotations to
give readers a sense of people, place, and meaning: you are telling a story. A
list of sources for "Further Reading" is very helpful.
to accompany features are critical. Please include all the information you have
about supporting visual materials you think will enhance the story. If citing a
piece in a museum collection as a supporting visual, please include the
accession number of the object. Please be aware that museums charge rights and
reproduction fees, which vary from moderate to hundreds of dollars for one
image; we will do our best, based on our budget, to acquire the appropriate
images. Some visuals (such as a family photograph showing a vintage piece of
clothing) can only be provided by you. When you submit your manuscript,
however, photocopies of such will be acceptable. If an article is accepted,
arrangements for receiving publication-quality color prints or high-resolution digital
images (minimum 300 dpi at 2,000 x 3,000 pixels in tif or jpg format) will be
made by the PieceWork staff. Digital
images imbedded in an email or Word document are acceptable for a submission;
however, if your submission is accepted, tif or jpg images must be sent
separately via e-mail or placed on our FTP site; we cannot use imbedded images
for publication. You also may be asked to ship actual pieces and tools to the PieceWork office for photography. We
will work together to choose what will best suit the story and make sure all
pieces are transported safely. All photographs and other materials will be
returned and appropriately insured.
all submissions include complete contact information-mailing address, daytime
phone, and email. Also include a brief (100 words or less) personal biography