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Hook to Heal is a multimedia project designed to teach people to use crochet to improve their health, wellness, creativity levels and total quality of life.
Kathryn Vercillo
San Francisco, California
United States
1 Team Member

Do you have a desire to explore your creativity but also a fear of calling yourself an "artist"? Do you wish you were more creatively fulfilled but fail to take time for yourself to just create? Are there emotional issues blocking your creative side? Crochet can help! This simple and easy-to-learn craft can be used in unique ways to get in touch with your inner artist, explore and eradicate your deepest creative fears and restore balance to your personal life.

About the Project

In my popular book Crochet Saved My Life I shared information about the mental and physical health benefits of crochet. Now I want to take it to the next level by helping people learn how to use crochet to heal, improve their daily creativity and enhance their total quality of life. This is going to be done through a new book of creativity exercises as well as the development of online classes and creative email support. 

More Details

Hook to Heal with have three core products all coming out in 2013:

  • Creativity Exercises Book. My next book, due out 10/1/2013 is a book of creativity exercises for crocheters. It will show how crochet can be used to achieve mindfulness, release artistic fear, push to the next level of creativity, celebrate life and more. Many topics of creativity will be explored in this book that challenge you to find new ways to craft yourself to wellness.
  • 12 Week Online Creativity Classes. Beginning in the fall I will also be launching online creativity classes. These will be weekly classes with chat/ video components that offer detailed lessons and guidance exploring the core ideas presented in the Hook to Heal book. 
  • One-on-one Email Support for Crochet Creativity. I am going to take the lessons that I've learned about using crochet to get deeper into your creative self. I'll be your personal creative crochet coach armed with hooks to help you get to the next stage of your personal growth.

Hook to Heal is a comprehensive program for people who want to use crafting to better their lives. However, each of the three parts will be available on their own so you don't have to commit to the total plan if you don't want to.

A Self-Published Project

When I wrote my last book, Crochet Saved My Life, I decided that the right thing to do was to self-publish and I was so glad that I did. This has allowed me to make the book available to more people in more formats than may have been available with a traditional publisher. I want to continue self-publishing because I think it helps me give the most back to my crochet / creative community. However, self-publishing is expensive and that's why I need funding to help get Hook to Heal off the ground.

I honestly need about $10000 to fully complete this project and I'll be exploring several sources for that funding but I'm asking for a modest $2000 from this campaign to get things started. Here is what the money will be used for:

  • The time required to complete to complete both the book and the lesson plans for the online classes. I have been self-employed for about 10 years and doing this project means dropping other time-consuming projects that pay the bills.
  • Photographer fees. This is going to be a photo-rich, creatively-inspiring book and that requires a professional photographer.
  • Publishing fees. Self-publishing means putting out some money up front to get copies of the book ready (plus the pre-publishing editor fees, etc.)
  • Web / tech fees. I'm fairly web savvy but I can't do it all on my own so some of the tech/website details are handed over to my awesome tech consultant who deserves to be paid for his work!
  • Education for teaching online classes. I either need to hire a videographer or take classes that will help me make sure that I can deliver the highest quality online classes. Either way, a fee is involved.

What You Get

I wouldn't ask people to support this project if I couldn't give them something in return. The people who help fund this campaign will be the first to get the products that are produced including digital and print copies of the book, enrollment in the online classes, personal email support and more. Plus you can get advertising for your own stuff through my popular website. Big donors can even get a week of one-on-one creativity lessons with me! Or you can be generous and gift others with this program.  See the donor perks for this project to get the specific details.

The Impact

I learned from the response I got to Crochet Saved My Life that people are hungry to learn how to use crafting to heal in ways both small and large. The lessons I've learned from these people are so touching, as they've shared stories with how crochet has helped them through depression, grief, chronic pain, serious mental illness, age-related memory loss and more.

The great thing about crochet is that it's an affordable, portable, easy craft that almost anyone can learn. Supporting this project means that you are supporting:

  • A traditional craft
  • Self-improvement through hands-on activities
  • Creative growth for people of all income levels
  • An indie author and female entrepreneur (that's me!)

One goal of Hook to Heal is that it will eventually have a non-profit component offering classes and support to people in need including foster youth teens and people in the mental health system. I hope to launch this aspect in early 2014.

Other Ways You Can Help

This campaign accepts donations as small as $1 and every little bit helps. If even that is too much right now, I totally understand. Some people just can’t contribute cash, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help. Here's how:

  • Spread the word about this campaign. Use Indiegogo's share tools and it's easy! Blog about it, share it on social media , spread through word of mouth
  • Ask someone you know to sponsor your contribution. You never know who may want to help you improve your creative life.
  • Visit Crochet Saved My Life to learn more about the health benefits of crafting.

Thank you so much for your kind support!

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  • $1USD
    Listed in Book Acknowledgments

    Everyone who donates at least $1 to this campaign will get their name listed on the acknowledgments page of the Hook to Heal creativity book.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $10USD
    Creativity Book - Digital Copy

    People who contribute at least $10 will get a digital copy of the creativity exercise book upon first release.

    38 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Creativity Book Advance Copy

    Everyone who donates at least $25 to this campaign will get a copy of the finished print version of the creativity book one month before it becomes available to the buying public.

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $30USD
    Plus Crochet Saved My Life!

    For just $5 more you can get all of the $25 perks plus a signed copy of my Crochet Saved My Life, my first book about the health benefits of crafting.

    38 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $40USD
    Book for You and a Friend

    Get your own copy of the creativity exercise book when it comes out and get a second copy for a friend of your choosing.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    1 Month Creative Email Support

    Donors in this category will receive one free month of email support from me to kickstart their crochet creativity process. They will also get their choice of the digital or print copy of the book. Know someone who would like this kind of support? You can gift this to a person of your choosing instead of using it for yourself!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $200USD
    12 Week Online Class

    Want to be part of the very first group to participate in the online class for crochet and creativity that starts this fall? Donate $200 and you'll get your spot in that class. This includes three months of email support, weekly online video classes, the creativity book and supplemental materials.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $300USD
    Class for You and a Friend

    Do you want to share the gift of online creativity classes with a friend? A donation of $300 gets you your own class session plus sign-up for one friend. What a great way to share the love of crochet with someone in your life!

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    The Full Shebang

    Donate $500 to get: - both a digital and print version of the creativity book - optional enrollment in any future available session of the online creativity class - 3 months of online email support for your crochet creativity - website advertising on Crochet Concupiscence as described above - additional bonuses including Google Chat support sessions - A small original crochet art piece from me with a note thanking you for your participation!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $5,000USD
    In Person Week of Creativity

    Want to get all of this information first-hand? Donate $5000 and I will spend a week with you doing an intensive crochet creativity retreat. This can be done in San Francisco or in your hometown. This donor level also includes all of the materials offered above in The Full Shebang category.

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    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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