Designers on The Fiber Indy List have chosen different solutions to selling their work. Some have shopping carts on their websites making it easy to visit their site, add to your cart and check out. Some have chosen to utilize Etsy*, Lovecraft* and Payhip. It can feel overwhelming when trying to navigate the wide ocean of the internet. One of the reasons The Fiber Indy List was created was to give a central place to find new, or at least new to you, designers.
Which place to go to when you want to “window shop” the pretty things made with pretty string? Where can you browse a browse a wide variety of future projects? If a designer is on Payhip and Lovecraft which link should you click on? In this blog post I’ll discuss the three most common platforms on The Fiber Indy List: Payhip, Etsy, and Lovecrafts.
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Payhip pages are refreshingly minimal. It begins with a designer’s description followed by a gallery of photos of patterns for sale. Click on a photo of something catching your eye and you land on product page with all the details. And if you fall in love with a designer’s catalogue, you can hit the follow button to sign up for updates sent directly to your inbox. (Shameless plug: Too many designer’s you love? Too many emails? That’s why we now have The Fiber Happenings on the TFIL main page)
On The Fiber Indy List you will also see Gumroad. For makers Gumroad is very similar to Payhip.
Etsy is a good place for a little “window shopping” Whatever itch you want to scratch, whether it’s trying out macrame for the first time or looking for your holiday gift projects, you’ll find something special.
There is just so much and Etsy can also be a bit overwhelming. Browsing the The Fiber Indy List and clicking on designer’s Etsy links will teach the marketplace algorithm what you want to see. Also, check out my favorites* to see all the Designer’s on The Fiber Indy List who have an Etsy store.
If you want to see real world pretty objects made from the patterns, Etsy is not the place. It is strictly a marketplace with no communtity features. Also, free patterns are highly unlikely as shop owners on Etsy pay a fee for each listing regardless of sale. But, designers are able to create their own coupon codes and it’s always worth favort-ing a designer’s store to keep an eye on new pattern releases and special offers.
Check out all the Etsy Stores for designers on The Fiber Indy List.
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Lovecrafts has a large number of pattens to look through including free patterns. Makers can join the site and as of this blog post receive 15% off their first time purchase. When you sign up you can tell Lovecrafts what crafts you are interested in. Your member page will feed patterns, articles, and other member’s FOB based on your answers. If you like to one stop shop, after putting a pattern in your cart, you can put some yarn in as well.
See some of my favorites from designer’s catalogue on Lovecrafts.
*As a Lovecrafts Affiliate I earn on qualifying purchases. This helps support Carrie CraftGeek and The Fiber Indy List. Thank you!