How Are Tutorials Chosen?
- Simplicity and the ease to be able to follow on camera.
- Permissions of pattern usage by publisher, author or the pattern must be my own creation.
- Requests from a significant number of viewers for one idea or trend.
- Tutorial is matching a scheduled miniseries.
Permissions To Film… What does that really mean?
- Some yarn companies assume that once they given a pattern out that it is free to do whatever you want to it. This could mean photopcopy and/or distribute it. Obviously, you can’t re-write it and put your name on it. The Crochet Crowd doesn’t run on this assumption and copyright permission is 100% necessary to work with patterns in filmed tutorials.
- If some yarn companies assume you can do whatever you want with their pattern, why am I being more stingy about this? Simple… if the yarn company decides to pull the pattern from the free content and then move it to a magazine or a book where you must purchase the pattern… my video then becomes a copyright infringement and must be deleted.
- Regular bloggers and etc that post their patterns online doesn’t mean that there is automatic permission to use the patterns.
- I have filming rights for Bernat, Patons, Lily Sugar’n Cream, Phentex, and Red Heart on file to be able to use their patterns that appear online. All other yarn companies have either declined permission or I have not asked for permission.
What are the biggest obstacles when filming?
- Most tutorials have a backed sponsor in the video in order to compensate for my time.
- Sponsors are what keeps the tutorials pumping out. Without them, The Crochet Crowd® would not be able to operate to the capacity in which it does.
- The tutorials are provided to consumers at no charge because of generous sponsors, the fees for production must be made up on the production level and not by the viewers.
Why is there little clothing tutorials?
- Tutorial time and complexity is the biggest issue.
- Like every clothing store you will ever see, everyone loves something different. I find with clothing there’s no exception. What I find trendy may be perceived as too risky to many people. This would make a tutorial a failure.
- When filming, many people already request tutorials in various sizes. Adult clothing requests come in from Petite, SM, MED, LG, XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL. Many people request their specific size to be filmed. I find this redundant and filming 8 tutorials for the same thing would be a huge deal for me.
Inappropriate Conduct, Emails, or Comments Left On Our Channel?
- We don’t have time for mind games. If people feel you need to play them or build themselves up by criticizing others, we will without warning ban them permanently from our communities.
Requesting Pattern Locations & Requests to Search
- Many people like to email in requests to get us to search for an appropriate patterns for them. Please keep in mind we are doing this voluntarily. There’s a great thing on the internet called “Search Engines”. Mikey has a space in this website showing you links to other sites that have free patterns. Not to be mean, what appeals to us may be completely wrong for you. We prefer not accepting the responsibility to be your personal googler to locate patterns for you to decide what to do next.
- Also… try posting what you are needing on our Facebook Page… You will find others who know exactly what you could be looking for or at least steer you in a direction without relying on us to return emails from an extremely long list of people.
May I request a pattern to be filmed?
- You Can… but the pattern must not be copyrighted by an author in order to film it.
- Your request is added to a huge list of tutorial requests. We look for commonalities between requests before deciding to film.
I’m looking for a recommendation for my next project… what do you suggest?
I try not getting into any suggestions when it comes to choosing what to do next. My tastes and interest vary. I would highly recommend putting out a question on our Facebook Community page, keep in mind your question will go to Visitors Post… another viewer may inspire you and get back to you much faster than I can.
I don’t have time for spam email which include forwards, religious or political based mail. Those sending me this will be marked blocked from sending mail to me.
I’m a person that writes patterns for crocheters which I share publically… Can you film my written pattern?
Absolutely… but consider this…
- You are asking me to film your pattern for your own traffic interest online.
- You are wanting the publicity of riding on The Crochet Crowd Network.
- You could expect thousands of new visitors to your blog or space where the pattern is written. But… there is no guarantee that will happen as well.
- Mikey has to make a sample of your project prior to filming to be used in the video.
- He has to script himself, film and then edit. Editing can take up to 8 hours depending on the length of a tutorial.
- Mikey will place your blog in the video and tell viewers where they can find your pattern.