I wanted to let all of you know that I have joined Patreon, which is a place where artists and makers can share their visions and get supported by the people who believe in what they do. It is not the same as Kickstarter or Indiegogo; you’re not funding a particular project but instead committing a monthly amount to help support the general work of a creator that you love. I’ve signed up for it because the support from a community can really help me to take my work a lot further than it can go on its own. I work really hard to use my writing to support others (highlighting designers and crafters, interviewing creative people, sending messages of support to those in need) and if the greater community supports my efforts then I can pay it forward stronger in kind.
Become a Crochet Concupiscence supporter here.
Here’s what I’ve posted on Patreon. I hope you’ll consider checking it out.
I launched Crochet Concupiscence in 2011 to share my love of all things crochet, highlighting all of the amazing things that people are doing in this community and encouraging connection between crafters. As I head into the fifth year of providing free content, I find myself torn between wanting to continue offering this community, connection and information for free and needing to support myself. The blog and the efforts that go into it take any hours per day and I love what I do but also realistically need for it to be profitable in order for it to continue.
What’s Different About Crochet Concupiscence
Here are some of the things that Crochet Concupiscence offers that makes it different from your average craft blog:
- Crochet Concupiscence regularly shares the work of crochet authors, designers and bloggers. It’s really important to me to support what other people are doing in this craft and to introduce interested readers in this work. It is all about strengthening this community in every way.
- My own unique niche is in the intersection between crafting and mental health / psychological well-being; Crochet Concupiscence shares lots of information about the health benefits of crochet and how to get those benefits. This is unique, researched information that can’t be found elsewhere.
- Crochet Concupiscence is about all aspects of crochet – fashion, art, design, writing, history, and more. Additionally, Crochet Concupiscence is all crochet, not divided up between attention to other crafts.
Why Give Monthly Support to Crochet Concupiscence
- You’re supporting a true indie author and blogger. I am committed to high-quality self-publishing.
- You’re helping a survivor of chronic mental health issues. I have struggled with depression for most of my life, and I have worked hard to find a way to remain a creative, productive individual who contributes to my society. Creative, community-building writing is how I do that.
- You’re supporting the wider craft community by allowing me to continue sharing and supporting their work.
- I’m no fly-by-night writer. Sometimes you don’t know if you should fund someone independent because you don’t know if they’ll really keep creating. I’ve been self-employed as a writer for more than a decade, and my body of work continues growing and developing.
- You’ll play an important role in taking my writing work to the next level. Less time focused on raising funds means more time devoted to the true art of writing and connecting community together.
How The Money Helps
The funding allows:
- Continued creation of existing content, including the popular “link love”, Instagram roundups, and pattern roundups that help to highlight what others in the community are doing.
- Time to delve deeper into research to bring you fresh, new, interesting interviews and information about the health benefits of crafting and how to access those benefits.
- Creative and emotional space to be able to take the work to the next level. I have many goals and dreams about where my work can go next – the recent Mandalas for Marinke projectand an a follow-up to my Crochet Saved My Life book hint at these directions – and doing this kind of intensive creative work requires some time to just create. Chasing money to pay the bills each month inhibits this work. Funding directly supports its creation.
- Continued self-care and mental health care; this allows me to create and also to give my best self to others to support them in their craft work.
One of the things that I’ve written about in my book Hook to Heal is the concept of “artistic tithing” which I got from someone else and it resonated with me immediately. It’s the idea that you commit a certain amount of your money to support the art and artists that you love. You might use it to buy indie dyed yarn. You might use it to order handcrafted items from crafters who work in a different medium than you. You might spend it all on gifts at a local craft fair. Or you might choose to spend it supporting blogs like Crochet Concupiscence!
Some Milestones and Rewards
The way I’ve set up Patreon, it isn’t about specific goals. I had a really hard time writing Hook to Heal once people had funded it, because it put this weird pressure on the product, so I know not to do that again. This way, people who believe in the work I’m already doing can support that work through a monthly donation. That said, I’ve created a few milestones and rewards so far:
When I’ve reached the first $100 in funding, I’ll post an exercise from my new book, Hook to Heal, on Crochet Concupiscence. This will be a new exercise that hasn’t been published anywhere online (just in the book itself).
When I’ve reached $200 in funding, I’ll post the next in my series of vintage crochet history posts. These are year-by-year in-depth looks at the history of crochet. I’ve already posted 1930-1942 but have let it trickle off because these are very time-intensive posts. Many people love these and it would be great to be able to bring them back.
Update: There are now new milestones for $300 and $500 – resuming the favorite Instagram and Link Love weekly posts. Details here.
In 2014 I did an in-depth survey of more than 10,000 people who shared their experiences with the health benefits of crochet. I’ve incorporated those findings into various posts and articles and books but haven’t published the entirety of the survey anywhere. When I reach $2000 in funding, I’ll post that information.
Anyone who commits to $25 of funding will receive a handwritten note of thanks from me along with a small crocheted token of my appreciation.
Anyone who commits to $50 of funding will receive a signed copy of each of my two main crochet books: Crochet Saved My Life and Hook to Heal.
I’d love to make this about you as much as possible so if there are any specific milestones or rewards that you want to see, feel free to make those suggestions!
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