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Power Purls Podcast - Empower your creativity from the inside out

EMPOWER your creative life in this bi-weekly podcast with editor, designer and business coach Kara Gott Warner. Get the tools and advice to finally start and ROCK your fiber-loving crafty-preneur lifestyle!
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Now displaying: March, 2017
Mar 31, 2017
 
 
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.
 
Show highlights:
  • How Stacey began her journey dabbling with self-publishing patterns on Ravelry and Etsy
  • Known for small whimsical crochet animal patterns
  • How she reimagined a new way to write an easier to understand pattern
  • The intuitive aspects of a crochet pattern
  • In 2012, she began a membership club, offering her crochet kits
  • Stacey goes through the paces about how she started the club
  • The difficulties with managing a physical club
  • Why she ended the kit club and shifted to a digital-only club
  • How she expanded from club to an all-encompassing community
  • Why it's important to know your audience and what they really want 
  • The Importance of niching down
  • Identify what you're known for
  • Stacey shares her biggest struggle working solo
  • Details about Business and Creative Services (BCS) for designers, tech editors, graphic designers, podcasters and bloggers. 
  • Advice for designers walking The National NeedleArts trade show (TNNA)
  • How to sign up for TNNA as a designer or fiber business
  • Stacey shares details about her role as Creative and Marketing Director of Louet Yarns
 
Mentioned in this episode:
 
Resources:
 
Learn more about Stacey:
 
Community on the web: Freshstitches.com
Stacey's online classes on Craftsy.com
Instagram: @StaceyTrock
Twitter: @Stacey_Trock
 
 
 
Mar 17, 2017

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.

Check out the benefits of membership here. 

Episode highlights

  • Tabetha remembers her first ugly sweater project. Don't we all have one? 
  • A random meeting at McDonald's sealed her destiny as a knitwear designer.
  • How to go get what you want instead of waiting for opportunities to come to you. 
  • Diversification is essential to thrive as a knitwear designer.
  • What led Tabetha to landing her role as Design Director of Sweet Georgia Yarns.
  • How becoming a go-to person makes you invaluable as a designer. 
  • Grabbing the bull by the horns and luck led Tabetha to her role as Design Director of Sweet Georgia.
  • Don't wait for things to land in your lap. Create what you're looking for. 
  • The trials and tribulations of working remotely and what helps Tabetha stay organized.
  • Tabetha, the queen of organization shares tips for staying on top of tasks and deadlines!  

    How to find out more about Tabetha:

    Sweet Georgia Yarns: SweetGeorgiaYarns.com 

    Mentioned in this episode:

    Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 

    Productivity apps: Asana and Evernote

    Inkwell Press Planners: Inkwellpress.com

    Stitcucation Shawls 5-Day Challenge. Sign up here! 

    Challenge special: enter Stitch10 at checkout to get 10% off Sweet Georgia Yarns

Mar 3, 2017

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 she works as a freelance designer, with her designs 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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Episode highlights:

  • Che offers advice for someone wanting to start out designing with the 5 BIG questions to ask yourself.
  • The top skills that every aspiring designer should know.
  • Che says make the design process fun -- make it like a game and play! 
  • The inspiration behind her designs in the Annie's Spring Breeze Collection.
  • How to get started with learning how to size (grade) garments.
  • How to start with one size then understand that, then she added more sizes. 
  • Designing tip: buy a children's pullover, take measurements and test the waters with garment construction on a small scale.

How to find out more about Che:

Website: www.HandyKitty.com

Che's Lookbook: www.handykitty.com/look-book 

Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/designers/handy-kitty

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/handykitty

Mentioned in this episode:

Annie's Signature Designs: www.AnniesSignatureDesigns.com 

Grading resource: The Craft Yarn Council 

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