Supporting Community Through Crochet 2

We Hatched a New Batch of Crochet Lovers!

2013-07-02 15.22.15  A good friend of mine just opened an awesome Vintage & Arts store in the tiny picturesque town of Silvana, Washington.  She asked if I’d teach crochet to her customers, and of course I said YES!

I had one condition, since I am focused on helping people with their creative businesses at both the CLF &

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Maestra Communications (you can see the blog at  teaching crochet is something I want to do for FUN! So, all proceeds from the class fees go to charity. This 3 session class is dedicated to a great not for profit, New Day Children’s Foundation (A division of New Day World)

Recently reorganized New Day World, asked me to be a board member & I’m honored to be part of a passionate team of community builders. Their mission is to provide people of all ages with opportunities to build confidence, prosperity and gain access to programming that helps foster self expression. WAHOO! My kind of group.

Their first fundraiser of 2013 is July 13, 2013  Quest to the Castle, you

 can read about it on the blog, tickets and donations to the event can be accessed at Brown Paper Tickets.  

Our donation of $75 is helping defray their printing costs, so that a good portion of the funds raised can go to providing scholarships to Theater Workshops, Tae Kwon Do Camp and music lessons to youth.

So as of now, all beginning crochet classes at Silvana Vintage and Arts will go to charity

AND a portion of any class hosted or sponsored by the CLF or Maestra Communications goes to this WONDERFUL organization!

A Big shout out to Patti Buhr of Silvana Vintage & Arts for being a great supporter of creativity and community building, and even better she loves crochet as much as we at the CLF do!

Hook On!

About Laurie A. Wheeler

Laurie A. Wheeler is a blogger, crochet addict, yarn designer and champion for independant artisans and crafters. She is also known as Fearless Leader of the Crochet Liberation Front.

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2 thoughts on “Supporting Community Through Crochet

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    mia tabs

    what if your just an 11 year old how do you start a business with crochet do you ask your parents what if they cant help then what do you do because i want to start one but i have no one to sell my items to and how do i find people do i go to craft shows but if i do i need money and i sometimes sell stuff to my grandma but thats not going to get me anywhere and how do i know how much to price my items at i’ve priced them low but i want to price them higher for the yarn the crochet hook and the time it took to make it but i’m afraid that if i price it any higher than it already is no one will want to buy it because they will think it would be to high HELP! and check out my youtube channel

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      Sinuous Vestige

      Hi Mia!

      As a crocheter who is going to be selling items at the next Fall Festival, I have learned that pricing things can get tricky. A lot of people probably won’t be excited about your prices because 1) sadly, your age and 2) people expect cheap stuff and don’t consider the effort and work put into your items.

      Main rule of profiting is to multiply the actual cost of what you made with 3. Say you bought a skein for 3 dollars and you made something out of it using the whole hank. You would sell the project for 9 dollars. 3 dollars to replace the skein, 3 dollars for any special bonuses, and 3 dollars in your pocket.

      Most people that buy crocheted or knitted items are looking more for wearability. Interestingly enough, most people have asked for gloves or merchandise that’s related to movies or television shows (think Doctor Who and Harry Potter scarves). But you MUST be careful with making these designs as they are copyrighted and you can be caught with infringement. Older people will want something more showcasey, such as lacy doilies and napkins (and appreciate extreme hard work and dedication to each piece), while younger people will want more wearability and relevant to their interests.

      Visit craft shows, festivals, fairs, anything that depicts creativity and you will find lots of people tending these shows with different interests and items.

      I hope that this helps you out, and don’t be disappointed when things don’t pan out in your favor. It takes awhile to get the hang of what the demand is.