Welcome to a celebration of the fiber arts where makers can learn where to find instructional materials and patterns and learn more about the talented designers who create them.
My hope is to build Timeless Fiber Designs into a a celebration of the creative spirit. A place where artists and designers are showcased and their timeless patterns, projects and tutorials are indexed in one convenient place. For at least 14 years, I had envisioned building a site like this. It would build upon the great ideas that led to sites like like Craft Site Directory (sadly gone), Crochet Pattern Central (still online but no longer active) and my own crafty directory. It would be full of great project photos and make it clear who was the artist that created them.
As websites became more ‘social’, I found myself often returning to my own bookmark files and more quiet ways of finding what I was looking for. What made so many love these new social venues – has become their greatest weakness. While full of wonderful projects and ideas; one site has seemingly welcomed posting orphaned works, stolen works and links to nowhere. And another has completely forgotten why everyone went there in the first place – for the love of fiber arts.
Somewhere in the midst of Pins, likes, thumbs up, hearts, star ratings, inspiration boards and all the rest on the socially-driven sites; was the designer.
Designers were being expected to be everywhere at once – their own sites, the venues where they might sell their patterns, and on these social sites. And, in between all of that running around, they were still somehow supposed to find time to create and pursue their own projects.
Questions and comments were literally being left everywhere and somehow designers were expected to find and answer them all. And, more and more frequently, the designer was stripped out of the equation entirely as their photos and even their entire instructional materials were copied and pasted across the web.
Sites, that supposedly celebrated the designers among us, failed to protect our intellectual property and at times encouraged copyright infringing activities.
Here at Timeless Fiber Designs, we make it clear who the designer is of each project. We want to celebrate them as they instruct us in their art form of choice.
We will not support any site that misappropriates the work of others or strives to separate the art from its owner or creator.
Rules of the Road
This is a bit of a work in progress but one thing is never going to change. Every project, tutorial or pattern featured here will link directly to the designer’s website or blog. We will not be hosting questions, materials suggestions and other discussion here. Those things should have never been separated from the designers in the first place.
There will never be open submissions. Every designer and their site will be vetted first.
We will not be accepting the following types of submissions:
- Websites or blogs that include materials that are clearly stolen, orphaned, “borrowed” or mis-identified
- Links to Forums
- Links to Google or Google Searches
- Links to Pinterest or other sites like Pinterest
- Links to Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr or other “social sites”
- Links to DeviantArt unless the page features an original project or design by the Deviant making the submission
- Links to “roundup” posts, even if all are the work of the same designer
- Links to sites where “free” content is hidden behind pay-walls, subscriptions, logins, etc. (i.e. Lion Brand Patterns or other paid library sites)
- Links to Shop sites like Etsy*
- Tutorials on Youtube**
* Etsians and others using sites like Etsy are welcome to participate if they can provide a link to their blog or website for the project they wish to be part of Timeless Fiber Designs. I have run a directory-style website since 2006. I’ve learned that linking directly to specific products on shop sites just doesn’t work in the long-term.
** We welcome blog posts and websites which accompany a tutorial or project featured on YouTube. We just won’t be linking directly to YouTube videos. That may, or may not, change in the future.
Projects that are for sale are welcome but will be identified as such. We are not a marketplace; simply a searchable project, tutorial and pattern directory. Every project will be identified as free online, free with paid ad-free option, or paid.
The goal of Timeless Fiber Designs is to share those timeless fiber arts projects that everyone can enjoy. And, by everyone, we mean projects that are 100% safe for work and able to be seen by small children.
How do we define timeless? A design is timeless when it can appeal to makers today, tomorrow and long into the future.
Today’s fiber artists continue to make and enjoy the designs of Eleonore Riego de la Branchardiere, Thérèse de Dillmont, Sophie Tatum LaCroix and so many other great fiber artists and textile designers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Most would agree their work is timeless.
A little hard to decipher sometimes, but, the appeal of their designs remains.
It’s fairly unlikely that fiber artists 150 years in the future or even just 20 years from now will want to make designs that promote a political candidate in our current election cycle. Anyone planning on making hats adorned with “I Like Ike,” “Win with Wilson” or “Not Just Peanuts” this year? Will fiber artists in the future recognize current activist symbols or even know what they stand for? Does anyone honestly think fiber artists 20, 40, 50 or 100 years from now will still be making any of that stuff?
While Timeless Fiber Designs makes every effort to only promote timeless and family-friendly materials, this site, by it’s very nature, links to other websites and blogs. Clearly, we have no control over what participating designers might put on their own websites in the future. We hope that they will always maintain and manage their place on the web the same way they were when we first introduced them to you.
It would be impossible to please 100% of the fiber artists and makers 100% of the time. Just as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry and every other website is free to decide what’s in or out; so are we. I am an American. We will be celebrating Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and Halloween here. We invite fiber artists from other countries, who share similar views, to join us – as long as their websites, blogs and materials are available in English.
Recent events will hopefully, in time, be remembered for how they broadened the fiber arts community and were a time of innovation and expansion rather than only a time of division and exclusion.
We hope you enjoy your visit with us and seeing the work of all of the talented fiber arts designers featured here on Timeless Fiber Designs.
If you find any broken links; please let us know. If a featured site is no longer family friendly (not just a pattern or two but the majority of their site) or has otherwise clearly changed its focus, we would ask you to let us know that as well.
Our Goals Are Simple
Provide a safe place for makers to find timeless fiber arts tutorials, projects and patterns.
Celebrate the designers and help prevent them from being separated from their designs, patterns and tutorials.
What We're Not
We are not a marketplace where you can purchase patterns, project sheets, raw materials or supplies. We’ll leave it to the designers and our advertisers to let you know how you can purchase what they sell.
We are not a “project board” or “inspiration only” photo repository.
Don’t forget to visit the designer’s sites and let them know how much you loved their work.
And, if you have any questions or ideas to improve their project, please share them on their site rather than this site or another 3rd party site.
This represents what is the greatest and most significant work of fiber arts in American history; if not the history of the world.
If it offends you, we invite you to pursue your artistic endeavors elsewhere.