056 Prolific Knit Designer, Meghan Jones Shares Trade Show Tips for Newbie Designers | Power Purls Podcast

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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

 

Episode highlights:

  • Meghan’s recent visit to The National Needle Arts Trade Show (TNNA) and her experiences. 
  • How she created eye-catching and easy to distribute marketing material.
  • The companies she spoke to at the trade show and what she learned.
  • The fun and unexpected relationships that came as a spin-off from the show.
  • How Meghan got turned on to knitting, while pregnant and with her husband in Iraq.
  • Meghan’s shares her difficulties in 2006 as a new mom with a husband suffering from PTSD and how knitting saved her.
  • How Meghan started with designing- and making money from it.
  • How Meghan developed her professional approach to her work.
  • How Instagram helps Meghan to remain accountable and how that came about.
  • How Meghan sees Instagram as a great tool to assist people wanting to uplevel their careers.
  • Meghan’s biggest struggles, working solo.
  • Going through “the dip” and what Meghan does to break out of it.
  • Meghan elaborates on her quote: “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’s funny knitting story about beer and a dog! 

 

How to find out more about Meghan:

Meghan’s website: www.littlenutmegproductions.com

Meghan on Pinterest: @meghanjoneslnmp

Meghan on Twitter: @meghanjoneslnmp

Meghan on Instagram: @meghanjoneslnmp

Meghan on Facebook: Little Nutmeg Productions: Knitwear Design By Meghan Jones

Recommended book: The Dip by Seth Godin

 

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Opening music credit: The Ether Life by Macroform