I don't know if I ever mentioned that I was part of the DMC corporation's Designer Bank back in the 80's and 90's. I don't know if you can apply for membership, or if they just choose you (they chose me), but as part of the Designer Bank, I could design any sort of needlework I wanted (using DMC products of course), and send it to them, they'd buy it from me, and then place it in a magazine, either as an ad or as an article. Designs could also be used a promotional giveaways. They paid well, and I never had to worry about submitting projects to individual venues. They weren't so great about notifications, so I don't know how many of my designs ever saw light of day, but that was fine too.
The best part of being in the Designer Bank was the freebies. Not only could I have any DMC product (in any amount) that I requested, I continually got freebies. They were great at putting together promotional goodies for designers and retailers, so every few months, I'd get an amazing gift in the mail. Sometimes the promo things would be new products, sometimes reminders of old things- no matter what was featured, presentation was always amazing.
For the most part, I left the freebies intact and ordered additional supplies for my designs, but now that I'm doing needlepoint with embroidery floss, I figured I might as well use what I have on hand (still Stash Busting, you see), because I have plenty on hand. Here are some of the goodies:
including this sampler.
BTW, I have no idea if I am still part of the Designer Bank. When I started writing fiction, I stopped designing individual projects, and I haven't done any embroidery designing for a really long time because I've concentrated on knitting. I haven't gotten any shipments for a long time, so I'm *inactive* at the very least. I wouldn't ask for more freebies for personal use, but I am sure going to have fun using what they sent me already.