Patreon: Revamping for 2019

With a new year, and as previously discussed my last year to try to earn a fair wage from MediaPeruana Designs, approaching, I’ve decided to revamp my Patreon site—to make it more rewarding both for Patrons and for me!

In case you’re unfamiliar with Patreon, it is a platform where artists and creators can share their work with Patrons who support them. It’s a way to take some of the uncertainty out of creative jobs where income can vary wildly. For example, the same amount of work goes into a knitting pattern that’s successful and a knitting pattern that flops—but I don’t earn the same amount of money from them. And some of the work I do—creating tutorials and running KALs, for example—is not directly compensated, so a steady stream of income helps ensure I can keep doing that work.

Patreon will continue to be a site where I share behind-the-scenes info, design sneak peeks, and other content exclusively for my Patrons, but I’ve decided to restructure the Reward Tiers—that is, the sponsorship levels at which you can support MediaPeruana Designs, and the perks that go along with them.

Beginning today, January 1, the new rewards structure looks like this:

Neighbors ($1+/month)

  • New design sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes photos and other Patrons-only content posted here on Patreon 

  • Access to the Patrons-only free pattern library (this includes the free patterns that are available to my newsletter subscribers, plus additional patterns that are ONLY free for Patrons)

  • A monthly, Patrons-only episode of my podcast, plus bonus special event podcasts for Maryland Sheep and Wool, Rhinebeck, Vogue Knitting Live, and other events

  • Exclusive pricing on every new pattern: $4 for accessories and $5 for garments

  • Two free pattern coupon codes each year (delivered in June and December)

  • A free Patrons-only pattern if we reach a funding goal. The current funding goal is $100/ month and if we reach it in 2019, with Patron input I will design a brand new pattern just for you. It will be free for all Patrons, and remain exclusive to Patreon for 1 calendar year

Amigos ($5+/month)
All Neighbors perks, plus

  • Early access to podcast episodes and new tutorials

  • A monthly free pattern (this will replace the current indie pattern "subscription"; instead, you will receive a coupon code each month that can be used on the new pattern released that month, or any pattern from the back catalog)

  • Free participation in the annual not-mystery knit-a-long

  • 1 new Patrons-only pattern every year: With Patron input, I will design a brand new pattern each year, which will be free and exclusive to Amigos+ Patrons for 1 calendar year

  • Discount pricing on e-courses (Swatch Master, which will run again in March 2019, and Sweater Siren, my new course launching in Summer 2019) 

BFFs ($8+/month)
All Neighbors and Amigos perks, plus

  • Early access to and discounts on sample sales and destashes

  • 2 bonus free patterns each year

  • One free e-course per calendar year

So you’ve got free patterns and exclusive content at every level, plus other fun stuff like e-course discounts, early access, and new patterns designed just for Patrons sprinkled throughout.

Again, these changes will go into effect today, January 1. I’m also running a little referral bonus throughout the month of January. You can earn a free pattern if you refer someone to my Patreon and they sign up to sponsor MediaPeruana Designs. Just tell them to message me and let me know who referred them, easy peasy!