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commission a PlanetJune pattern

I have a lot of design ideas – too many, in fact. We live in an amazing world, and there are just too many wonderful animals and plants for me to be able to recreate them all in crochet. To help me decide which to make next, and see which would be popular choices, I’ve launched a new pattern commission model, so now you can help me make my design choices!

The way it works is like a mini Kickstarter, but exclusively for PlanetJune designs. If you’d like me to design a new crochet pattern, instead of commissioning me outright to design it for you, now you’ll be able to make a pledge towards the design commission.

If you love the idea and want to get the pattern as soon as possible, you can pledge the entire commission amount; if you’re happy to wait a while for some other people to come in with you to make the total amount, you can pledge as little as $6 towards the commission, or anything in between.

There’s nothing to pay at the time you make a pledge; the pledges stay active until a design is fully funded, and, at that point, I’ll collect the pledged monies and start designing. Once the design is complete, I’ll email a copy of the pattern to each of the pledgers.

On the Commissions page, you’ll see a graph showing the design ideas currently available for commission, and their current pledge states. As soon as you make a pledge, the graph will update to reflect it:

commission a crochet pattern design from PlanetJune
These are just test pledges so you can see what the graph will look like when I have some real pledges – I’ve reset them all to $0 now.

You can also suggest new ideas to me; I’ll add each to the Commissions list if a) I’d be happy to make a design for it and b) I’m confident I’ll be able to design it in the designated timeframe. More complicated or unusual requests may take longer to get right, so, if I like them, I’ll either design them anyway, just because I want to, or they’ll be available for private commission, with deadlines and pricing dependent on the design itself.

If you click through to the Commissions page, you’ll also get a first glimpse of my new logo in action! Refresh the page and you’ll see the photo in the header changes, so (in future, once the rest of the site has been updated) you’ll see a different photo there each time you go to a new page on my site:

new header
Ooh, new logo alert!

It’s a really exciting time for me at the moment: I finally have the time to make progress on projects that have been in the works since long before I left Canada – everything got indefinitely postponed when things got too hectic… It was exactly a year and a day ago that I first started planning this new Commissions model, so it’s extra-nice to have it finally coded up and ready to go!

Site navigation will improve once I have the new blog design finished, but for now, there’s a text link to the Commissions page at the top of the right sidebar. —>

*click* – that’s the sound of another piece of my grand plan slotting into place 🙂

9 Comments »

  1. Brilliant idea!

    • June said

      Thank you, Maryanne – and also for being my first pledger! 😀

  2. Monica said

    Wonderful idea! I’m so excited! I bet you are too! YAY!

  3. This is a super cool idea. I love the way that everyone can contribute a little and everyone wins with one of your great designs. I’m curious to see how it ends up working out for you … if it’s a cool awesome thing or if it impacts your creativity negatively in any ways. If you ever want to do an interview about it on my blog just drop me a line!

    • June said

      Thanks, Kathryn! I think I need to give it some time and see how it all settles out – I certainly wasn’t expecting one design to be fully-funded within 12 hrs(!) but I’m sure that’s just an initial flurry of pledges and this pace won’t continue. I’d love to chat with you about it after a couple of months though 🙂

  4. Kateryn said

    Neat! This is a great way to work on designs with potential high demands. Your own little market research: some people are willing to pay to develop this idea, let’s go for it!
    Well done, June! Yet another example of just how brilliant you are!

  5. Great idea, and I love the new logo, too.

  6. A very neat idea! Looking forward to seeing all the new developments on your site, the new logo is just perfect 😉

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