9 Essentials of Crochet & Knit Garment Design with Knitatude: E’Claire Makery Podcast Episode 6

Garment design, a beautiful yet scary thing for all crocheters and knitters who want to get into it. You see all of the beautiful garments that people create, but the idea of it seems as if it is too unattainable. For quite a long time I never thought that I’d actually be able to make let alone design a handmade garment. I loved the idea of creating my own clothes, but I was too afraid to even try. I started seeing amazing designers like Chantal from Knitatude creating these beautiful pieces, and soon I got the bug to start making. My first garment project was Sewrella’s Penelope dress, and now I’ve designed 4 different garments myself! Who would have thought that I could actually do it. How do you begin though? How do you do all of the sizing? So many questions, and sometimes…

10 Secrets to Rock Your Next Craft Fair

Craft fairs & markets: you see them pop up on social media as handmade business owners flock together to sell their handmade goodies together. Why would you really want to do one though? Or how do you even find one to sell all of your gorgeous handmade items at? One of the most common ways that handmade business owners make large amounts of revenue is through selling at craft fairs. It’s an event where anywhere from hundreds to thousands of people come to buy goodies that have been created by makers. It’s an opportunity where all of your customers come to you, and you don’t have to constantly be seeking them out. Just because all of the customers are in one place doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do any work. You still have to hustle for each sale…

How to Create an Effective Instagram Strategy with Toni From TLYarnCrafts

Instagram: you either love it or feel like you’re constantly fighting it. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get the sensation that I’ll always be lost in the vast network that is Instagram. However, as I’ve been growing and learning more about Instagram, I’ve learned that it doesn’t always have to be that way! Instead of Instagram being a stressful situation, it can go back to being the fun social setting that it’s supposed to be! One of the easiest ways to help relieve the stress of Instagram is to have a Instagram strategy. But what is an Instagram strategy and, more importantly, how do you make one? Here to talk about the topic of Instagram Strategy is Toni from the blog tlyarncrafts.com. You might know her for her stylish designs, yarn and…

How to Market Yourself to Yarn Companies & Magazines feat. Coco Crochet Lee: E’Claire Makery Podcast Episode 3

For most knitters or crocheters, the dream is that we’d be able to work with some big yarn company. A big company like Lion Brand, Red Heart, or any other large yarn company would see our work, fall in love, and send us boxes upon boxes of yarn that we could design with to our heart’s content. For some of the big designers out there it’s the reality for them. How do you get to that point though? How do you get yarn companies, magazines, or craft companies to start working with you…

Overcoming Overthinking and Comparison as a Maker: E’Claire Makery Podcast Episode 2 with Anna from The Knotty Boss

“Just one more tweak and then it’ll be perfect! I’m never good enough at this though.” These thoughts can seem pretty familiar, right? They certainly are for me! As a maker, I’m constantly overthinking everything I do whether it’s my photography, my designs, or my captions on Instagram. I also am constantly comparing myself to others and where they are at in their business. It’s an almost daily struggle to overcome this as I’m consistently pushed to be even more creative each day. It seems to be a struggle that most makers experience. In today’s podcast episode I got the chance to chat about this with one of my favorite amigurumi makers, Anna, from The Knotty Boss. The two of us struggle with overthinking and comparison a lot, so we were both super happy…