Happy weekend, everyone! Have you heard about May is for Makers? You can check out where it all began (with this post by Lindsay), but in a nutshell it’s about celebrating and supporting small business pattern makers.
There are a lot of awesome, free patterns on line these days – I have benefitted from them and I return the favour by providing free tutorials myself. But producing patterns takes money – the shop fees, Paypal fees, photoshop and other software fees, pattern testing fees and fabric costs. To keep producing patterns, pattern makers need to make some money! The best way to help my favourite pattern designers keep designing is to support their work.
How can we do that? Well, the easiest way is to buy their patterns!
The next best way? Put a post about their product/s on your IG or Facebook feed, to help get the word out.
Photo by Florence of Flossie Teacakes
My younger children are very fond of their stuffed toys and making appropriate sleeping accommodations rates very highly on their list of priorities. In particular, we have a suite of small bunnies collected through the years that apparently must sleep together or the apocalypse will come to pass. This pattern will be just the ticket!
Photo by Florence of Flossie Teacakes – her EPP pattern called Perpetual Spring
Florence’s blog is really wonderful. She writes with such a friendly, conversational style, every post is like having a cup of tea and a chat with a close friend. One thing I don’t like in blogging is the ‘you must post every day’ mindset that leads to people posting copious amounts of, pardon my French, crap. I would much rather a well crafted, useful post every two weeks than pointless ramblings churned out every day. Florence doesn’t take her readers’ attention for granted – every post is thoughtful and aimed at helping me in some way. Some have a ton of useful information, others are musings on life, but all of them are interesting and worthy of my time.
Photo by Florence of Flossie Teacakes – her EPP pattern called Ring A Roses
So, that’s May is for Makers for this week, for me.
Have you bought any patterns lately? Do you have any recommendations for me?