Author:
Jessica Carey

Hey, everyone! I’m Jessica, the founder behind The Hook Nook, and I REALLY like to make pretty things. For the last several years I’ve gone from teaching myself to crochet, to selling my makes to friends and family, to opening an Etsy shop, to pattern designing and now I am so fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest brands and companies in the fiber industry from all around the world. You can now find my own The Hook Nook brand designer crochet hooks, yarn and craft accessories at in my online shop and at various retailers!

THN 2020 Spring and Summer Maker Call

Maker
2/11/2020

Friday will be our blog's *2* year anniversary! In two years we have seen:

  • Nearly 200 Makers from across the globe be featured on THNLife
  • 283 blog posts including patterns, DIY projects and inspiring stories
  • THN Featured Makers be hired/commissioned by other brands after exposure
  • The Hook Nook Collection with American Crafts which can now be found in select JOANN Stores
  • Creation of The Hook Nook Dream Team
  • Dreams really can come true if you never give up on them.

Will you join us?!

Stay Sweet Summer Purse Crochet Pattern by Sarah Summers

We are looking Makers of all kinds to share spring and summer projects such as:

- Light weight garments

- Handbags / totes / beach bag

- Earth friendly reusable bags

- Amigurumi / childrens' toys

- Picnic/camping blankets

- Beginner-friendly projects

- Accessories

- Children’s Garments

- Home Decor

- Wedding Ideas

‍- Holiday-inspired projects

The Tea Time Crop Top Crochet Pattern by Sarah Quilici

In addition to fiber-based posts, we are also looking to include all kinds of Makers and their talents and skills. In doing so, we are also looking for Creatives and Makers who are wanting to share content such as:

  • Inspirational Posts
  • Words of Wisdom/Encouragement
  • "How-to" / Instructional
  • Small Biz Tips
  • Social Media/Marketing Tips
  • Additional Craft Projects (does not need to be fiber-related - we just want people to feel inspired to make stuff!)

Finding Your Maker Voice by Jenna Woodcox
  • Weaving
  • Embroidery
  • Watercolor/Painting
  • Lettering
  • Coloring Pages
  • Gift Tag Templates
  • Jewelry Making
  • Sewing/Fabric Crafts
  • Paper Crafting
  • Recipes
  • Etc

We are also looking for a group of Makers willing to use The Hook Nook products!

Coastal Shores Sweater Crochet Pattern by Grace

Deadline for Featured Maker Call is February 24th, 2020 at 11:59pm PT

Huggy the Sloth Amigurumi Crochet Pattern by Sarra Watkins

Who we are looking for: Positive Makers and artists who believe in sharing the handmade community worldwide and inspiring others that they, too, can join our community. We are team “Community Over Competition” - forever and ever.

A FEW MORE DETAILS

1. Personal style: Able to create original one-of-a-kind projects while also able to explain the creative process to others. Makers may also contribute anything the Maker finds inspirational and is relative to our handmade community.

2. Tech-savvy: Has a personal or business account on Facebook and/or public Instagram account. Can write a detailed blog post sharing their work in a way that inspires others. Able to photograph their projects clearly and beautifully, in hi-res format.

3. Responsible: Can write a blog post within a deadline and can communicate through email in a timely manner.

Queen Anne Crochet Plant Hanger Crochet Pattern by Melody Fulone

Featured Makers will:

1. Have projects featured on The Hook Nook Life blog and shared through our social channels in 2020. All Featured Maker's work will still be under full copyright of the Maker. You can still do as you please with the content! Sell it and share it! We just want to share about YOU!

2. Potential additional opportunities may arise to apply for throughout the year in terms of additional content to the blog or other special projects/events The Hook Nook will be hosting.

Diamonds In The Rough Ruana Knitting Pattern by Ashley Heinen

HOW TO APPLY:

Email the following to hello.thehooknook@gmail.com with the subject line as follows: THN 2020 Spring-Summer Maker Call_FirstName_LastName (example: THN 2020 Spring-SummerFall Maker Call - Jessica Carey)

1. List your name, email, state/country, and blog address (if you have one).

2. Send a brief bio of yourself and how our community inspires you. Maybe even a little silly tidbit about yourself!

3. List the links of your active public Facebook and Instagram profiles. Just your handle will not do. (example: https://www.instagram.com/the.hook.nook/)

4. Send 3 high res photos of projects that best represent your style. We want to see what you bring to this community! *Only hi-res and clearly photographed projects will be considered* - we want our audience and community to find beauty in what you’re doing! You find such pride in your work, find the same pride in how you showcase that hard work! We want to be able to share the best projects with our creative and supportive community, and photography is a key component in successful projects! (Note: If you are unsure if you are taking hi-res images or want more information on why this requirement is necessary, please check out this blog post I shared recently explaining it in much more detail!)

5. Feel free to send in new content with each new Maker call and please do not be discouraged if your work is not chosen for any specific call. If your application includes content that can be “cleaned up”, we will be sure to help advise you on suggestions. Be sure to apply again in the next Maker Call!

*Please note, due to the amount of applicants for this call, ONLY those that follow the directions of the application EXACTLY will be considered. It's gonna take us awhile to work through everyone, so following each step helps us have everything in one spot to cut down on excess time! Thank you for understanding!

I do hope you join us here on the blog and further share the wonderful joy it is to be creative! Don’t forget, sign ups end on February 24th!!

Have friends or family members who may be interested in applying? Be sure to share this Maker Call with them! Just copy and paste this link to instantly share and help spread the word about this Maker Call!

Thank you, again, to each and every person that has contributed, visited, supported, sponsored, and just plain enjoyed the blog so far. We couldn't have built this community without your help! Now let's do it all again in 2020 - you with me?!

xo,

Jessica

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