As the countdown to gift-day gets hot, all my crafting has turned into panicked gift crafting.
Panicked gift crafting does not make much blog fodder, lest I let the giftees in on their gifts before the big reveal. Rather than go radio silent, however, I’ve decided to shower you in holiday embroidery patterns! After all, you all deserve some gifts from me too. And what would be more fitting, more expected from this blog than a holiday cephalopod?
(Nothing, except maybe holiday microbes, which has been done.)
Imagine how quickly your holiday chores would go if you had eight arms. In related news, this gingerbread house is awesome.
I still really want to start my own embroidery pattern company, but I’m rather at a loss. I see two options:
Sell patterns as .pdf files, which is okay but does not give me a physical product (and I’d really like a physical product). The thing is, a physical product will cost a fair amount of money to create. Now, I could always start with .pdf files and save up money from that to launch a physical product line at some point in the future- and I might even phase out the .pdf files then, depending on the popularity of the physical product. I’m definitely considering this.
Plan B is to get a physical product now. The best solution I’ve seen for this so far is to somehow raise enough money for print runs from Colonial Patterns, which (as I understand) would cost me a bit under $500/pattern set. After a year plus of unemployment I don’t have $500 sitting around. Nevermind I’d like to launch with two or three different patterns, if possible.
That brings us to this: Has anyone here ever heard of, or used kickstarter.com? As I understand it, it works like this: I draw up a business plan, share it with the world, then ask for pledges to launch my new business. In return, I’d promise things. Maybe a smaller pledge would get a pattern once they were made, and larger pledges could get a custom pattern (though they would come in .jpg or .pdf form), or maybe even some custom embroidery.
And here’s the key: if I didn’t hit my ultimate money-raising goal (ie: enough to get patterns printed), no one would owe anything. You’d only pay your pledge if enough people pledged to actually launch the business. And if I did? Well, I’d be on a new adventure, and there would be a nerdy new pattern company on the market for everyone to enjoy.
And of course, I’d keep posting free patterns.
Plan C is to keep looking for ways to get patterns printed cheaper than ordering them from Colonial Patterns, and keep dreaming. I haven’t had much luck with this in the years I’ve been looking, though.
It’s a thought at least, and something I’ll mull over a bit longer. Until then: octopus with holiday lights!
You know the drill.
Click on the picture, and you’ll get the full-res. I release these free bits of line art under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
You are allowed and indeed encouraged to do whatever you want with the piece(s) (use, reuse, abuse, remix, share, and of course, embroider), just follow these two simple rules:
1) Give me credit (a link back is always appreciated- that way, everyone else knows they can use it too)
2) Don’t make a profit off any use or modification of my work.
To be fair, I won’t sue you or anything if you don’t give me credit- I’ll just feel all hurt, and no one wants that. Also to be fair, should you really want to use them in a profit-making venture (ie: stitch it on something you then sell in your etsy store, use it as a print for your own fabric line, etc.), talk to me and maybe we can work something out so everybody wins. Should you want to say thanks, leave a comment and/or tell a friend or six. Finally, if you do make something, embroidery or not, let me know and I’ll happily blog it!
You can find a reminder/introduction to embroidery, including basic stitches and a by-no-means exhaustive list of methods of transferring patterns to fabric in this post (there’s also a good round-up here and another one here). Finally: if you’ve got suggestions for embroidery patterns you’d like to see, I would love to hear them (no promises, though). You can find the rest of my patterns under the Embroidery Patterns category.