The other day, I got this question from a friend working in the "cross-stitch" niche...
"Someone had previously suggested that I look for some Public Domain cross stitch paterns and embroidery patterns and find a way to use those on my website. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but I never could wrap my head around how to find cross stitch online and then if I did find cross stitch art patterns and information what to do with them, how to distribute them, etc..."
This niche - or any hobby / craft niche - can never be overdone.
And… if you think about this as a tutorial for your own niche, (replace craft, pattern or cross stitch - with your own “hobby” term) you might find a few new windows of opportunity.
You can create an entire website using these books as content.
I’m just saying…. )
Here are some sources of Public Domain cross stitch and needlework pattern information I found in just 10 min. of searching:
While trying out terms in archive.org, I noticed that when results came up there’s a section underneath that shows keywords.
Looking at this gave me more search term ideas than only using the word “knitting” in the search box. Since I don’t know much about this subject, I wasn’t even thinking about these terms:
Debra’s Note: May Morris’ father is William Morris (popular wallpaper and fabric designer).
This website has monetized by selling reproductions of William Morris and using public domain information to fill in the gaps. http://historicstyle.com/
Needlework as art - Alford, Marianna Margaret (Compton) Cust, viscountess, 1817-1888
Keywords: Needlework — History; Embroidery — History; Art, Decorative
Designs for needlework - Liberty & Co
Keywords: Decoration and ornament
Of course Logan had to chime in… (he never likes to be out done).
"Have you ever heard of “tatting”? Apparently, it’s a very popular form of needlework (like I know what I’m talking about here). Anyway, turns out it’s another great keyword for finding Public Domain material…"
Check these out…
Okay… Focus for a minute or two. That is a Ton of links to research, but what would be a really profitable idea to use all this great content?
I know that cross stitch never goes out of style. I have never (ever) walked into a craft store and not found a huge section devoted to this hobby. It’s a hobby that has been around for centuries and will continue to be taught to generations to come.
But… unique cross stitch patterns are hard to come by… and they are expensive.
What if you could provide unique cross stitch kits?
Sell them on eBay or your own website.
Advertise in cross stitch magazines.
Well… you get the picture.
I thought this idea would only be useful for kit manufacturers, but I was wrong.
Art For Cross Stitch Patterns
Victorian and Edwardian images lend themselves quite well to crafts and most particularly to cross stitch.
There are of course an abundance of websites devoted to collecting clip art and public domain images.
While doing a little research I happened upon this beautiful website, http://www.antiqueclipart.com/, and was immediately struck by how simple and beautiful the images are.
Cross Stitch Art Software
Now making a cross stitch pattern isn’t as complicated as you might think. I There are actually several open source and low cost cross stitch pattern maker software products available. For example:
Using the images available at AntiqueClipArt.com you can create beautiful cross stitch patterns. Add the thread, needles and other related cross stitch tools and you can make beautiful and all encompassing cross stitch kits.
Let me know if this interests you - and if I have helped in any way. I am full of ideas... as you can tell.
About The Author:
|Debra Conrad is an online entrepreneur, information publisher, and author that has been using Public Domain material to create profitable products and businesses since 2007. She is also co-author of "The Public Domain Treasure Hunter's Survival Kit" available here. For more info Debra, click here.|