Lesson 3: What to Create?

The net biggest hurdle is deciding exactly what type of items you are going to design.  A baby blanket, a sweater and a pair of gloves are three very different projects which will require very different skills and approaches. I started out with my first self published pattern for a scarf.  I now can whip […]

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Lesson 2: Find Your Muse

My Business Architypes are Explorer, Muse and Advocate.  This means I love to learn and experiment with techniques and textures, I yearn to inspire others to artistic endeavours and I always look for the WIN WIN option in any scenario. So it may come as no surprise that I have ideas falling out of my […]

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Community Project for Yarn Academy?

For me one of the joys of design is researching all he stunning stitches in he world. It has always been part of my concept for Yarn Academy to create an online stitch library as a reference for other designers. My vision is for a selection of stitch patterns to be made available on line […]

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How to Find and Attract Your Ideal Clients

One of the most difficult things for entrepreneurs who are at the very beginning of starting their business is trying to find, and build, an audience. In the beginning, when your email list is barren or completely non-existent, and you’re watching videos of people who have list of over 10,000, you may start wondering if […]

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Yarn Careers: Jessica Hough – Tester at Happily Hooked

Hey there Jessica! You’re a tester for Happily Hooked aren’t you? I am I absolutely love it! When did you begin testing for Happily Hooked? I began this summer at Happily Hooked. Did they approach you or did you apply to a job offer?  How did you make that all important connection? I saw my […]

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Creating a Knitting or Crochet Pattern: A Mini Course

Are you a designer longing to create your own knitting or crochet patterns but don’t have a clue where to start? Have you beaten the fear of failure and your urge to create has become something you can no longer ignore, or push away? Grab yourself a cup of tea, or your favourite tipple, and lets begin […]

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How to Save a complete Screwup

I recently launched a huge project of mine.  A massive 12 month Crochet Along project.  All was moving well with automated signups for the newsletter growing at a good pace.  Promotion in magazines and big growth on the supporting Facebook Group. I decided to attempt a Ravelry group to support those who don’t have access […]

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Get Involved with Yarn Academy

Whilst I am of course ridiculously excited to welcome new members when I fling open the doors to members on Black Friday, I am also inviting a wide range of folk to join in as tutors. If you have a business skill or are a real world teacher in any form of yarn craft then […]

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Editor Interviews: Amy Caddick of Crochet Now

Amy is the new editor for the UK based Crochet Now magazine a highly popular crochet magazine in the UK.  Her first issue at the helm was the September mythically themed magazine, which by happy coincidence also featured my first UK magazine commission, the Phoenix Shawl. Tell us something unexpected about yourself…. In my spare […]

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Help Me! Why I use a Tech Editor

When I wrote out my first knitting pattern it was a really simple one. I had been writing and editing training courses and manuals for years (decades in fact) so I self edited. I hear a rush of air as you all take a huge breath in and step away in shock! I know everyone […]

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