Well for the past 2 and a bit years I’ve been on a American knitting forum which is huge I always share my work over there.
Right from my first item I had people contact me via their private message system asking if I’d share my patterns. When I said I sell my knitting patterns so couldn’t just give them away some were extremely rude about it tbh and I nearly stopped posting on their.
However many of the ladies tried to buy the odd pattern from my folksy shop but couldn’t seem to work it so asked if they could buy from me via paypal invoicing.
This last month it’s snowballed every evening around 11pm in come the requests via private messages on that forum or to my email address which they get off my folksy shop. saying please can I buy…
I’ve not been getting to bed before 2am for the past week. It’s just gone mad.
I have my shop url in my signature on every post I make over there.
I’m also admin on another craft forum and I get customer orders from that one from time to time but that’s for finished items in fact I’m finishing off one right now. I do a number of How To Tutorials on that forum as well.
It is well worth being a member on a number of different craft forums and being active showing your work, offering help and assistance. Doing the odd How To Tutorial. A good active craft forum with huge amount of members is a easier way to get your work and your name out their than say blogging.
I’ve also been in some craft / knitting magazines from being on one forum.