my craftsy trip: Before, courtship & after
Part 1: In the before time…
(Me & my boy – the reason I decided to crochet full-time)
I’m a crochet junkie. A feind. An obsessed soul.
You feel me?
When I turned my obsession into a small business around 2010, I knew I needed a lot of help. So, I turned to the internet to see how I could stay home with my boy, and make this business work!
About that same time, Craftsy launched, too! I remember following this bright, cheery, forum to see how it would evolve, and I even signed up with my very own craftsy store to sell crochet patterns.
Rapidly, Craftsy grew.
With every new crochet class, and the launch of each new crochet instructor, I remember trying harder, working more, and learning anything I could to hopefully be the next one who might be considered to teach.
Remember, I am a junkie. I am obsessed, and this is my passion.
I wanted to excel in any possible avenue the crochet community had to offer, and Craftsy offered something that I wanted to work toward: being a crochet instructor!
Part 2: Our courtship took a bit of time…
(My Pink Mini Slouch Hat)
I think I submitted my first class proposal to Craftsy in 2010, or 2011.
It was a long process, and I did the best I could at the time. But, I did not receive a call.
I really don’t blame them though! Looking back, I know I wasn’t ready. I wanted it, but I had a long way to go before I could earn an opportunity with them.
I decided to continue networking, growing, and learning in the crochet world. In my eyes, for this to become a successful business, I needed to be an expert, and I needed some additional goals to reach.
Every year that I’ve been in business, I’ve learned a bit more. I’ve grown a bit more. And, I make new friends and partnerships every day. Above all else, building my crochet education, and a strong crochet community, has felt like a huge success!
When you’re busy filling your pipeline with new goals, and working hard to accomplish them, time flies, and years pass…
Since my first Craftsy class proposal, I’ve:
- self-published over 200 crochet patterns,
- created the Design Wars Challenge,
- designed dozens of patterns for Red Heart Yarns,
- taught over 50 individual students from crochet beginner to expert,
- helped to build Happily Hooked Magazine, The Crochet Cafe, Happy Crochet Hooks and the American Crochet Association.
So, I really felt like I was ready…
Part 3: After (but, really we’re just beginning…)
(On set at the Craftsy studio)
I received a ravelry message early this year:
“We would like to talk to you about teaching at Craftsy, contact us if you’re interested.”
I replied without hesitation.
This felt right. It felt really good to be noticed for all the goals I’d been working to accomplish, and I finally felt like I was ready for Craftsy!
I remember my first call with them where the course outline was discussed, and I was asked if it was an opportunity I wanted.
I said that I had been a fan of Craftsy since their launch, and I already decided years before that should the opportunity ever come, I would say YES.
From my initial YES to now, a mere five months has passed. In that time, I’ve:
- designed three new patterns for my course,
- provided in-depth instructions, samples and multiple swatches for each,
- crafted a 37 page script,
- worked with a talent coach, producer, acquisitions editor and content editor,
- flew to Denver,
- worked eight to ten hour days,
- and, had room service 🙂
My class is set to launch in the very near future, but I’m afraid I can’t share many more details right now!
I did want to share my journey though; this career has been both the hardest job I’ve ever had, and the most gratifying.
I’ll share more details as they are available! Please enjoy these sneak peeks until then…
(The box of yarn Craftsy sent for my class)
(Sneak peek of my three projects; without ends being finished)
(Only three outfits, and a duffel bag full of yarn and finished class materials – all carry on!)
(Craftsy wants their instructors to be relaxed – so they book fancy accommodations)
(I had my very own studio, complete with a private dressing room)
(This was my set, before it was set for my crochet class)
(The first thing we did every day – hair and make up! I will miss this most of all)
(Sometimes, there is a lot of sitting and waiting patiently on set – perfect time for interesting selfies)
(A live video after my first full day of filming)
(A sneak peek at my set – they really did a great job building it for my class)
(Marly Bird and I – chatting and having some dessert together)
(This was one of my proudest moments – every dressing room has one, and instructors autograph a star on their last day of filming)
My class is now live!