The Crow and the Needle
Or should it just be Crow and Needle? I’m not sure yet.
It has begun! I’ve begun working on patterns, begun contacting printers with actual plans in hand, and of course will begin setting aside the money needed to launch this business as soon as I get a paycheck. I even made a logo (and that’s the important part, right?) and am researching the appropriate business paperwork- though I don’t think I need to get that totally squared away until I have something to send to the printers.
I will have my embroidery pattern business, and I will have it this year.
I’d like to put this out as an official announcement today because a pattern of mine -complete with my first experimental .pdf file- just went up at Feeling Stitchy for their March Stitchalong, and I thought new visitors might like to know what my lovely readers and I have been working on here at the Corvus tristis blog.
Hi. My name is Tala, and I am starting an embroidery pattern company. It’s a quick and simple story: I’ve loved to draw since childhood, and when I found embroidery, naturally fell into drawing my own patterns. A few years ago it occurred to me to share those patterns with my blog readers, and very quickly my embroidery patterns became the most popular feature of the blog. Thus was born my dreams of launching an actual embroidery pattern business. I would, I fantasized, draw up big, fancy, geeky (and I am a HUGE geek), glorious sheets of multi-imprinting iron-on transfers which hit on all my favorite nerdy and sciencey themes, which really served the nerd contingent of the crafty community, while also continuing to release free patterns on this blog (and of course, chronicle all my other crafty adventures). It would be a challenge, a joy, a success, and a way to really take control of my own financial future, and always have something of my very own to fall back on as I try to navigate a career in Microbiology.
The problem was, the only places I could find to get patterns printed (well, the only ones that responded to my queries) had absolutely prohibitive minimum order/start-up costs for my unemployed budget. Then (last Monday, in fact) I started a new job, my first real career job, and suddenly the budget has a lot more wiggle room. This, therefore, is the year for the launch of The Crow and the Needle, an embroidery pattern company serving the beautifully nerdy.
So hello, new readers, and hello loyal fans! You can find the full collection of my free embroidery patterns here. Stick around and follow me, my crafts, and my journey from doodling blogger to successful (I hope!) crafty businesswoman. I know a lot of you have been excited about this, and have been giving me fantastic and much loved support as I’ve tried to figure out how to make this happen, and I thank you. And please, I’d love to hear what you think is missing in the embroidery pattern market, what you think about my patterns thusfar, and what it is you’d like to see come out of The Crow and the Needle.
It’s going to be a good year.