Forging steampunk and avant-garde knitting into an inspiration for others to spin their own visions of a past that never was.
Who are the Ladies of Mischief
The Ladies of Mischief is a collective of talented ladies who want to take the knitting and steampunk world by storm, combining the two genres into one amazing work of fantastic imagery, story telling, and creative artistry.
We have started up a blog filled with exclusive patterns, stories, journal entries, photographs and more. Please stop by to read up on each of the Ladies and follow all of their adventures.
What are we planning
Our group is publishing a book featuring the work of numerous knitwear designers, costume designers, writers, photographers, illustrators, and independent yarn and fiber artisans. Our goal is to use our talents and skills to publish a book unlike any currently available.
More than just a pattern book or a profit maker for yarn companies, we want to give the knitting community a visually stunning book created exclusively by talented, independent artists. Our book will be plot driven, focusing on the Steampunk theme and a group of fictional characters called The Ladies of Mischief living during the 1890s. In addition to being the featured characters in the story, the Ladies also model and explain the knitting patterns. The patterns will all be designed by local, independent designers within the project and will feature yarns from independent yarn and fiber artisans, most of whom are not widely known to the knitting community.
By combining engaging characters with knitting patterns drawn from the story itself, we are able to create a world for our readers to fall into. In turn, this makes our book as enjoyable to read as it is to knit from. Through the story and patterns our readers will expand their knowledge of knitting and fiber arts, while falling in love with the exciting world of steampunk, just as we have.
In order to achieve this, we are calling upon our individual talents and skills to create a unique team. We have several designers who are experienced at developing patterns. There is a team of technical editors who have long experience with the technical aspects of fibers, materials, and the structure of these when spun. One of us is a talented freelance photographer who will do all of our photography around the city of Seattle and also in house. One member is an experienced costume designer, model, and seamstress who will bring her expertise to our layout, color choice, props, and modeling team. Another member is a local illustrator who will be helping with the drawings and graphic elements featured throughout the book.
How you can help
We have made our initial goal!! But this is not the end of the road.
We still need your help! The goal of 2000 dollars is just the bare bones we need to get off the ground. The actual project funding goal to make this piece truly stunning is just over 4000. I know we can make that! With the higher goal we will be able to fund
- our costume design and production since all of our pieces are made by hand,
- Fund our first printing run so we can get the book out there to shops and other vendors
- Allow us to hire consultants for hair and makeup to make us look stunning for the photo shoots
- Allow us to attend and participate in steamcon 3, Oregon flock and fiber, and many more events throughout the year.
- purchase the much needed photography equipment and lens
- fund marketing and promotion of the book so it can get into as many hands as possible
- buy software needed to pull it all together.
I have also added some new and exciting prizes so if you have not checked out the kickstarter or if you are a backer already go see what is on offer. There are some new levels you can upgrade to. We are now offering tickets to our exciting Seattle Launch party.
Let’s show the world that knitting can be inventive, creative, provocative, imaginative, and exciting! Come Join the Ladies of Mischief.
Well there is good news and bad news. The bad is you can not pledge twice. The good news however is, if you would like more then one prize simply increase your pledge to the total amount for both prizes and then pop me a little note telling me which two you want. For instance if you would like to be a VIP at the party and get a special care package in the post then pledge $200 dollars, choose one of the prizes and email me with the second choice.