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Power Purls Podcast - Knitting, Crochet and Yarn Podcast

EMPOWER your knits and purls in this 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 business and lifestyle!
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Jul 26, 2017

In this episode, Kara welcomes Abby Glassenberg, sewing pattern designer, craft book author, teacher, and writer. On her blog, WhileSheNaps.com, she writes about the sewing industry, running a creative business, and the online culture of craft.  Abby has been blogging since 2005 and shares the value of a blogging, and how hers is at the heart of her crafting business. She's also the co-founder of the Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for crafting professionals.

Abby has an undergraduate degree in history from Johns Hopkins and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. She taught middle school social studies in Mississippi through Teach For America, and 6th grade in the Newton Public Schools before becoming a textile artist. She’s the author of three sewing books. Abby lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters.

“Pursue your interests as though it was your job - every day, on a regular schedule, thoroughly and professionally. That’s how you build a job doing what you love.”

-Abby Glassenberg

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Episode highlights:

  • When she became a mom, Abby knew she wanted to figure out how to work from home
  • Abby discovered blogging in 2004 at it's still the heart of her business
  • Abby shares how she's always been intrigued in making and sewing and figured out how to combine this on her blog 
  • Back in 2005, Abby crafted while her daughter Roxanne was napping, and came up with the name While She Naps for her blog
  • Abby soon entered the world of Etsy with her stuffed animals, which is what Abby is best known for
  • Abby discusses how the blogging world has changed since she started
  • Blogging tools are easier to use today then they were back in the early days, but harder to get noticed
  • How she founded Craft Industry Alliance with Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew
  • The Alliance offers a digital journal twice per month with articles written by professional writers 
  • Abby explains Coffee Klatch - a monthly virtual meeting offered to members of the Alliance
  • The future of Craft Industry Alliance includes live events for education and networking
  • Why trade shows are essential especially for new designers starting out
  • Importance of doing gut checks about your business and showing up every day
  • The secret to Abby's success is inbox zero because when a new idea or offer arrives, she can jump on it!

Mentioned in this episode:

Sew Mama Sew 

Craft Industry Alliance - CraftIndustryAlliance.org

The National NeedleArts Association - TNNA.org

Association for Creative Industries (formerly Craft Hobby Association) - CraftAndHobby.org

Learn more about Abby and WhileSheNaps.com:

Website: whileshenaps.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/AbbyGlassenbergDesign

Instagram: Instagram.com/AbbyGlassenberg

 

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Jul 12, 2017

In this episode, Kara talks about how to develop you knitting super powers - and WHY that means you need to go out on that ledge and take some creative chances! This episode was inspired by Melanie, who is part of the Power Purls Community and she participated in the Stitchucation Shawls Workshop. She recently completed her shawl and it opened a world of possibilities for her. Here's what she posted ... 

I loved going out on a ledge and trying a yarn I wouldn't have tried. I loved having so much choice, as in what to do next (which of course gives me 101 ideas for the next shawl and the one after that!) I have learned that by the time I am annoyed by the row length, I'm almost ready to bind off! And NOW, I cannot tear my eyes away from this beautiful shawl! 

Even the wisest scholar can’t give you wisdom. They can point the way, but you must develop wisdom through your own experiences.

Taking that chance, means you're willing to trust yourself! This helps you gain confidence and it's a step in the direction to begin your designing journey. What I encouraged in the Stitchucation Shawls Workshop was to take an "intuitive journey" through shawl-making and fall in love with swatching, take chances, and go out on a "ledge" as Melanie says. This willingness builds your wisdom muscle, which is your SUPERPOWER!

You can catch Power Purls Podcast LIVE with Kara Gott Warner, host of the podcast, designer, illustrator, editor and your ultimate cheerleader on your yarn crafting path every Friday on the Power purls Facebook Page to join in during the live video! 

5 ways to develop your knitting super powers:

  • Trust your intuition - learn to read your knitting and take clues from it
  • Put aside the pattern - just try to see if you can lead the way with your own understanding 
  • Be spontaneous - try new needles, new yarn. Do something crazy! 
  • Get our of your comfort zone every day
  • Build you WISDOM muscle = this is your SUPER POWER!

    MOVE THE NEEDLE ON YOUR KNIT BIZ!

    Click here to sign up for a free 30-minute creative business "discovery session" with Kara!

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