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Vickie Howell is most well-known as the Host and Creative Consultant of DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty, her best selling knitting, crochet, and craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video and social media. Today, she shares details about a Kickstarter for Knit Show, which will be the first community-funded and internationally accessible episodic knitting & crochet series!
“Breathe in. Craft out.”
– Vickie Howell
This is your chance to get involved! Without 100 percent funding, this show cannot happen. Click here to help me support the show and let’s make this happen! Hurry, because the campaign ends April 19th!
Meet Stacey Trock, entrepreneur, designer and founder of Fresh Stitches, a successful crochet company and membership club.Stacey also has her hand in a number of pots in the yarn industry. She’s the Creative and Marketing Director for Louet North America and … she’s also a crochet/knitting and business teacher both internationally and on Craftsy, an author of multiple crochet books as well as a co-chair of the Business and Creative Services Leadership committee with TNNA.
Stacy also has a superpower, which is education and community building. Whether it’s teaching someone how to use a crochet hook or instructing local yarn shops how to use social media for their shops, and she enthuses the world with her spunky, can-do-attitude.Stacey shares what it’s like to run a membership club and how she went from offering physical kits and how she reimagined her club this past November to create an all encompassing club and community.
“Curation is the content creation.”
– Stacey Trock
058 Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director of Sweet Georgia on Setting Intention an Taking the Bull By the Horns!
In this episode, Kara chit chats with Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director of Sweet Georgia Yarns, and Contributing Editor of Creative Knitting Magazine. Tabetha is also Kara’s sidekick in crime co-host of the Ask Kara & Tabetha Anything series. In this episode, we share details about the upcoming Stitchucation Shawls 5-Day Challenge and Workshop starting April 10, 2017, sponsored by Sweet Georgia Yarns.
In the extended, patron only version, you’re in for a treat because Tabetha closes the convo with the 5 top things to master when submitting designs to yarn companies and craft publishers. This is valuable advice that you can use in any of your professional endeavors.
“I’ve spent too long trying to make room for what I want, when, instead, I’ve needed to simply learn how to fit it into the ebb and flow of life as I live it now.”
– Tabetha Hedrick
Che Lam is the creator behind the knitting blog, Handy Kitty. She was once the in-house knitwear designer at Drops Design in Norway. Today, she works as a freelance designer, with her creations gracing the pages of popular knitting magazines, including Knit Scene, Creative Knitting, and Pompom.She is also the author of Learn How to Knit with 50 Squares. Che is a contributor to the Annie’s Signature Designs Spring Breeze Collection of knit and crochet pattern designs.
Originally from Hong Kong, Che currently resides in Gothenburg, Sweden. Fashion and design has always been a passion of hers, although she graduated as a civil engineer. She followed her heart to pursue the dream of being a knitwear designer.
“I love to create simple and aesthetically pleasing things. As a designer, to see my ideas taking form from sketches to finished knitting, and finally as inspiration for others, is the best feeling ever!”
– Che Lam
If you’re a designer and you’d love to go to The National Needle Arts Trade Show, but you aren’t sure what to expect, then you’ll love today’s show with Meghan Jones, who shares tips and some practical advice and tips for newbie designers.
Meghan, who lives in Spokane, Washington, with her husband, three kids, two dogs, one cat and six chickens, works full time as a knitwear designer and also nurtures obsessions with sharks, gardening, cooking, and chickens- though not necessarily in that order. She is a prolific designer, with a BFA in fiber and textiles. Meghan was featured on the cover of the July 2011 issue of Creative Knitting, and still designs for the magazine today, and was recently named the Creative Knitting Newsletter Editor.
“I believe you can manifest anything with hard work. The more you work, the better you get and the more opportunities you will create for yourself. Be tenacious. Do what you love and the path will open before you.”
– Meghan Jones
Chelsea Fitch was drawn to yarn as a child – the colors mesmerized her from an early age. Fast forward years later, when Chelsea was living in Japan and she learned how to knit. She started with continental knitting and she could not get enough of it. She quickly consumed everything she could about knitting and learned all she could. Something told her to start making videos of her knitting and that was the catalyst for what has turned into Chelsea’s knitting empire. Although she’s only been knitting for 3 years, she’s taken action on her ideas along the way and she’s made herself and integral part of the knitting industry. She’s currently pouring all her efforts into KnitFitch.com and she also has courses available at FiberBoss.com. Chelsea’s not done yet because she also might revive her podcast at some point. Enjoy Chelsea’s foray into the knitting world!
“I had this overwhelming feeling that this is something that I needed to do. I didn’t know what I wanted to be in the industry, but I knew I needed to be in it.”
– Chelsea Fitch
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