About this project
Preserving the traditional, KOEL brings back the coolness to decorative crochet, knitting, macramé, latch hooking, needlework, and weaving. Selectively featuring guest stories on other vices of KOEL’s makers, such as flowers, food, ceramics and other handmade crafts.
KOEL helps yarn crafters to connect the dots. From pattern inspiration to creating an artwork that adds to the uniqueness of a home. Sourcing the best yarns and materials was never so easy. KOEL’s pages are filled with interior styling tips and tricks. In KOEL, we document the creative journeys of yarn crafters across the globe, through interviews and special reports.
KOEL is impeccably curated through captivating photography, revealing beautifully styled spaces. Homes become personal museums filled with handmade yarn designs. A gift to those that are passionate about yarns and their homes, you will find KOEL on coffee tables, a keepsake treasure with thumbed pages. KOEL is a timeless source of inspiration for yarn crafters.
While we have seen the rise of the craft movement for more than a decade, there is no ‘one stop’ reference for the modern crafter that focuses exclusively on yarn crafting for the home.
That leaves a large global market unaddressed. KOEL will tap into this new market, which has existed under the surface, but has yet to be unlocked. KOEL gives yarn crafters the curated content that they have always craved for, but in an innovative and appealing way.
In a pre-KOEL era, yarn crafters had to spend a lot of time searching for the best yarns, supplies, tools and inspiration. Starved for tastefully presented yarn ideas, often these crafters were left disappointed, not finding what they were looking for. Fast forward to KOEL.
More than just a magazine, KOEL is a tapestry of captivating photography, unique ideas and beautifully-styled spaces, weaved together by KOEL makers. KOEL will become part of daily routines, fitting seamlessly with lifestyles. KOEL will draw a crowd, both offline and online.
A fresh look at crafting with yarns, KOEL has an endless desire to inspire.
KOEL is a publication by Studio Bloesem. Curated by Irene Hoofs, a content expert, social influencer and maker. Irene founded Bloesem Blogs in 2006, which evolved into Studio Bloesem, a new media creative studio with roots in Amsterdam and Singapore. An avid yarn crafter herself, Irene has been at the forefront of craft trends for more than ten years.
Since inception Bloesem Blogs has been consistently ranked among the most influential international design blogs. Recognized by awards from leading publications such as Newsweek, The Independent UK, The Times UK, The SAY 100 and Martha Stewart Living.
With more than 450,000 page views each month from all over the world on Bloesem Blogs, we bring our content making expertise to a more specific area of interest — yarn crafting.
KOEL is a natural evolution of what we do best at Studio Bloesem. We curate unique content.
Tuned to specific interests of yarn crafters, KOEL content will be desirable, recognizable and achievable. Filled to the brim with big yarn ideas, KOEL will become a ‘go to’ reference.
Resembling pages of a modern recipe book, KOEL provides easy steps for makers to re-create designs. But unlike a recipe book, we want our readers to pursue their own creative intuition — to take KOEL ideas and just let their imagination run free.
KOEL readers will learn about yarns, share experiences about crafts, work and life. In KOEL, like-minded crafters will meet, enjoy making beautiful things with their hands or simply marvel at KOEL’s visual story telling. Each KOEL issue features interviews with makers showcasing their work in the most authentic form, inspiring readers along their creative journey as they engage in yarn crafting.
We believe in people, their passions and dreams. Freedom of expression. Using yarns. The good life as defined by the individual crafter, not by us or some other institution. There are no KOEL rules.
While KOEL will initially be published twice a year, we have plans to expand it to a quarterly publication.
The global craft community has grown exponentially since the early 2000’s, both online and offline. There are tens of millions of crafters worldwide and that number is growing each year. KOEL does not aspire to reach all of them, but we do aspire to reach a very large and distinct group of crafters that are passionate about yarns.
And that’s where we need your help. While we have already invested in KOEL’s infrastructure and are spending a lot of time creating content for the debut issue, we’ll need your help to cover our printing costs and to engage freelance creatives across the globe to create more unique KOEL content - think of photographers, stylists and writers. We very much believe in building a global KOEL ecosystem of collaborations which we hope will become a virtuous cycle that is beneficial to both our readers and content contributors.
Join the KOEL team as we embark on a journey to inspire and be inspired by the modern-day yarn crafter.
The KOEL Postcards (comes with Pledge Reward: SPECIALLY FOR YOU)
The Weaving Kit (comes with Pledge Reward: KOEL CRAFTERS - Weaving)
1 x Instructions on the basics of weaving by KOEL, along with downloadable instructions and a follow-along video tutorial
1 x Wooden weaving loom
1 x Weaving tool kit (comes in a drawstring canvas bag)
The Embroidery Artwork Making Kit (comes with Pledge Reward: KOEL CRAFTERS - Embroidery)
1 x Embroidery pattern instructions by KOEL, along with downloadable instructions and a follow-along video tutorial
3 x Colored yarns
3 x Various sized needles
1 x Wooden embroidery hoop
1 x Embroidery cloth (choice of black or white)
1 x Drawstring canvas bag
The Macramé Plant Holder Making Kit (comes with Pledge Reward: KOEL CRAFTERS - MACRAME)
1 x Macramé plant holder instructions by KOEL, along with downloadable instructions and a follow-along video tutorial
1 x Bundle of rope
1 x Metal ring
2 x Various sized leather detail
1 x Drawstring canvas bag
The Crochet Basket Making Kit (comes with Pledge Reward: KOEL CRAFTERS - CROCHET)
1 x Crochet basket instructions by KOEL, along with downloadable instructions and a follow-along video tutorial
1 x Crochet needle
250g of yarn (choice of brown or white)
1 x Drawstring canvas bag
All rewards come with Issue 1 of KOEL.
Risks and challenges
As with all things in life, there are always unforeseen circumstances and as it is common knowledge that the process of printing can sometimes be a bummer, the KOEL team will do its best to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. We have a close relationship with our printer who has a long history of successfully printing many prestigious magazines. We also work with a trusted first tier global courier that offers a guaranteed delivery service. All of that said, we will of course keep a very close watch over print quality as well as print and circulation deadlines. Having worked on many printed publications previously, the KOEL team is highly confident that all our backers will receive their KOEL Issue 1 or other rewards on their doorsteps right on time!
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