061 Tara Swiger: Marketing Expert, Author & Host of Explore Your Enthusiasm Podcast

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Meet Tara Swiger, marketing expert, author and host of Explore Your Enthusiasm podcast. Tara works with makers and artists to create a sustainable, lovable businesses. She does this through her books, the weekly podcast, online classes, and her in-person workshops. She leads adventures for makers who want to explore your own definition of success!

In this episode, Tara shares tips and strategies from her new book, Map Your Business a workbook of exercises designed to help you create your own personal blueprint to reach goals that are important to you, and how you can use it to define success, set goals and make a plan that you can stick with!  In this book, Tara takes an integrative approach, encouraging you to align your life and business, and she invites you to take a look at your progress each quarter to make sure you’re on track. 

“Your thoughts impact your feelings, which impact your actions.”

– Tara Swiger 

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060 Vickie Howell is Creating The Knit Show, a TV Series for Today’s Modern Yarn Crafter!

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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!  The Knit Show is totally funded!

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059 Meet Stacey Trock, Designer, Entrepreneur & Founder of Fresh Stitches

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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

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058 Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director of Sweet Georgia on Setting Intention an Taking the Bull By the Horns!

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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.

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“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

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057 Che Lam: The 5 BIG Questions to Ask Yourself About Knit Design

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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

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056 Prolific Knit Designer, Meghan Jones Shares Trade Show Tips for Newbie Designers

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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

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057 Che Lam: The 5 BIG Questions to Ask Yourself About Knit Design

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,...

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