The Art of KnitCroMancy
Hey, can I get a beholder/mimic/other protected IP D&D creature from you?
Unless I decide to send you one as a gift, no. I've made a statement below about why I won't sell these items, please respect that. And please don't ask/beg for me to make you one as a gift; that's at my discretion. It costs me a lot, both time and money, to make and send items out. I have to pay bills just as much as anyone else does. Besides, even if I had the time and money to send free things all over the world, it would make it far less special to those that I do send my gifts to.
How much does it cost to commission you?
I charge an hourly rate, between $20-$25ph depending on the complexity of the work, plus the cost of any special materials and shipping. I have over 30 years experience in both knitting and crochet, and almost as many sewing and drawing, so you are getting a lot of value for that fee, but please also bear in mind that knitting and crochet are not as quick as say, sewing or line drawings. A complex piece of crochet such as my Pidlwick or Grung can run into triple figures simply due to the time investment. Please note for shipping purposes, I am based in the UK.
Okay, so I have something I'd like to commission you for. How do I go about doing that?
You can find me on twitter where you can tweet me and I can discuss further. Or you can start a conversation with me on Etsy. You can also email me.
Your work is great! I don't have anything I want to commission / I don't think I can afford a piece though. How else can I support you?
Shamelessly, my Amazon wishlist is public, or you can buy me a Ko-Fi
Naturally, with the amount of interest my pieces are gathering, I wanted to clarify a question I get asked often, namely, "Will <monster name> be available to buy/in your etsy shop/available to commission"
The short, and unfortunate answer is no. The looks and names of many unique, iconic monsters from Dungeons and Dragons are property of Wizards of the Coast. These protected creatures include the beholder, gauth, carrion crawler, displacer beast, githyanki, githzerai, kuo-toa, mind flayer, slaad, umber hulk and yuan-ti, as well as the specific looks for many creatures not named here. As a small, individual artisan, I'm in no position to ask their parent company, Hasbro, for a license, no matter how much people love what I do. I could make and sell individual pieces as an artisan, and probably fly under the radar for a bit, but eventually, lawyers will send me a Cease and Desist, or could even sue me. Also I don't want to disrespect the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, as they work hard at making a product for the world to enjoy.
I am also loath to release the patterns. Whilst a pattern is my work and I have ownership of that, the IP of the item created from it is going to still be a murky area. I've already had experience in this field, having released a pattern many years ago of a monster from Doctor Who. Although I wasn't selling the pattern, and the folks at the BBC loved my work and are fully supportive of fan creations, someone was misusing my patterns and selling both them and finished items made from them. They had to issue me with a Cease and Desist, and I pulled the pattern and have never re-released it, which I know many people were upset about.
So what *can* I do? Well, if you have an Original Character that doesn't infringe IP, great! You can commission me to make that for you by contacting me via the Etsy link above. You can also ask me to make you a dicebag, or a d20 toy, or a plushie that doesn't have IP restrictions. Or you can take a browse at the things I have in my etsy shop. I've been busy with other projects so there isn't much there at the moment, but I have some exciting ideas for items I want to make and stock throughout 2018.
Thank you for your understanding!