Hi! I'm Jessie,
the creator of Projectarian's Menagerie of Fanciful Beasts!
I love writing crochet patterns that are easy to follow, making complex designs accessible to everyone - even beginners!
My slogan is, "If you can crochet, you can make any of my patterns!"
I'm so happy you've ended up here! Please take a poke around - if you like to crochet I have loads of free patterns for you and some top-quality premium ones too.
Get in touch - I'd love to hear what brought you here! (Or maybe you can just let me know about a typo you found - I have nobody to check this stuff for me 😝)
Where does the name "Projectarian" come from?
I wanted my brand name to be unique in all the world - a word that never existed before but still means something when you hear it.
So I invented the word and its definition:
noun: Projectarian; plural noun: Projectarians
1. A person who seeks to create in any media; an artisan of any type.
"A Projectarian uses any material to create; be it physical or intangible."
synonyms: craftsman, artificer, creator, inventor, daydreamer.
2. A tribe of people having the projectarian characteristics in common.
"Projectarian is the global tribe of artisans."
It's all about YOU!
A tribe member is anyone who uses my patterns and tutorials to bring your own whimsical creatures to life! Share your handiwork with the other members of your tribe in our Facebook group where we all coo over each other's bunnies and baby dragons ^_^
The reason I get to call this fun stuff my "job" is because of you so it's important to me that you're happy here! Get in touch and let me know what you'd like to see more of.
is to design unique animals and make their patterns easy for you to follow. Each pattern will also teach you something you didn’t know before. In every new design I try to improve on the last, so each new pattern is even higher quality than the one before, as I learn more about what makes a pattern truly *excellent*.
Since I’ve teamed up with Hooked on Sunshine who co-hosts a lot of my newer patterns, they also get thoroughly tested by a large group of people (at least 18 per pattern)! My patterns also come with access to a massive support group of friends, eager to help if you need it! They’re jam packed with pictures, and written with consideration to beginners – without compromising on design complexity.
Every Wednesday I give away a prize on Instagram!
To enter, all you have to do is follow me on Instagram and tag a friend in the comments of my most recent #ProjectarianWednesdayWinner post.
For now the giveaway is only on Instagram but maybe in the future I can have one here or on Facebook too.
Since the giveaway started I've been giving my amigurumis as prizes, but just recently my yarn supplier (the goddess Karen at Miss La Motte Yarns) gave me a gorgeous skein of hand dyed goodness to use as a prize so it was fun to switch things up. If you'd like to get involved as a sponsor, see the Collaborations section next!
Pop me an email and let's work together!
Possible collaborations on Instagram:
Feature or review of crochet-related tools or accessories such as hooks, fibers, scissors, stitch markers etc.
Sponsorship of a prize for my weekly giveaway in return for exposure of your brand.
Feature/sponsorship includes a minimum of two feed posts and 2 story posts in a 7 day period on my Instagram account, with relevant hashtags and credit tags for maximum exposure of your brand to my audience of 9,500+.
Products will be assessed for approval.
I live in a tiny village tucked away in the jungle on the coast of South Africa. The nearest shop is in the next town, 8km away and I work from home where I can hear the sea from my desk.
- And monkeys and peacocks and fish-eagles and loeries.
I've been crocheting since 2012 when my mum taught me. I started Projectarian in 2015 as a tool to help me choose a craft I could enjoy every day and make a living from. I tried a few different things and what worked in the end was writing amigurumi patterns - turns out I love it and so do you 🙂
I spend just about all day every day designing and crocheting the creatures that live in my head but scuba diving is my number one passion because it's the closest thing to space exploration - the ultimate dream!
I'm engaged to the finest specimen of a human being that ever existed (my Caveman) and we're getting married in April! Yassss!!! So I'm trying to get his housie feeling like a home before we move in together, while writing patterns full time and planning our wedding - - Phew!
These are probably the only 3 selfies that exist of us in the world (we're not selfie people), and it seems we only have one pose. But here you can see my ring; it's an aqua chalcedony set in gold and yes he proposed with a ring box made from a seashell!! (Told you he's the finest specimen)
You can also see our wedding venue: a mini-forest of old coral trees.
I also work part time at my Caveman's garden center, doing his marketing. That means I get to take pretty photos of flowers and the insects that visit them, and design colourful adverts, and draw little flower logos to be embroidered on our uniforms.
Oh, and there's boring admin stuff too but never mind that.
I went a bit overboard with the flower gallery - choosing favorites is hard!
I have a small pet wolf named Siberia.
Not really - she's just a dog.
And once I jumped off this ridiculous cliff (see me on that cliff?) on a swing into a Oribi Gorge - it was beyond the scariest most terrifying horrific experience ever. I highly recommend it.
Life is super-crazy-busy but I love every part of it and I'm the happiest person I know 😛
If you’d like to come along on my adventures, why don’t you hook up with me (pun intended) on Instagram – @Projectarian is where I’m most active. I post every day and always respond to as many comments and messages as I can. I also have a quiet personal Instagram where I share my home-slice-of-paradise if you want to enjoy it with me: @girl.with.gills. You can even follow my unpopular flower photos at @nanami_nursery if you like!
Thanks for the visit!