Uncommon Goods is hosting a design challenge open to crochet designers as well as designers in knit, sewn and woven art. They’re asking you to come up with the best winter accessory design. The grand prize winner of the design challenge will get $500 along with an UncommonGoods Vendor Contract.

What to Design


UncommonGoods is seeking designs for winter accessories so think gloves, scarves and hats.

UncommonGoods wants to see creative designs that utilize unique materials. The materials themselves should tell a story and you can actually share what that story is in your product description with your design submission.

They say:

“Your designs should tell a story, be intelligent, show your individuality and be responsibly produced. We love to see accessories that are original and uncommon!”

A Few Rules

The winter accessory design can be crocheted, knit, woven or sewn. You can use a variety of different materials with the caveat that they must be safe as well as animal friendly. So, for example, don’t create a design that has lead in it because that’s not safe and don’t include one that has feathers because that’s not considered animal friendly.

Designers are allowed to submit up to five designs. The designs should be original designs that are trademark free and logo free. Designers must be based in the United States and at least 18 years of age.

About the Judges

uncommongoods judges

The submissions will go through a few rounds of semi-finals including a round that includes community voting and then the top five voted designs will be judged by three awesome judges:

  • Meredith Crawford, the blogger Behind One Sheepish Girl, a site whose patterns I frequently highlight here on Crochet Concupiscence!
  • Jim Martin, longtime UncommonGoods vendor and the owner of Green 3, an eco-friendly company focused on US-made products
  • Sharon Hitchcock, UncommonGoods Assistant Jewelry & Accessories Buyer and lover of all things thrift and vintage.

About the Prize

The grand prize winner gets $500 for their winning design. The winner also gets an UncommonGoods Vendor Contract. UncommonGoods is an online marketplace where people can shop for truly creative, high-quality, handcrafted, eco-friendly goods. The vendor contract gives you the chance to work professionally with this company.

And Even if You Don’t Win

“Judges will provide all runner up with a critique of their work, as well as tips for marketing and growing your business. Additionally, the UncommonGoods buying team will be happy to review your full portfolio in consideration for future work.”


July 31, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET

Click here to enter the design competition!

If you have any questions, send an email to [email protected]uncommongoods.com

UncommonGoods handmade jewelry
As an aside … if you’re not a designer or you just think it’s too hot to be thinking about winter accessories, you can still enjoy what UncommonGoods has to offer. Check out their summery handmade jewelry collection, which includes the Birth Month Flower necklaces by Shari Dixon shown above.


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