Making it Work

Making It Work | Twitter Hang Out


Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a freelancer in the fibre industry?  Are you thinking about taking the plunge yourself and would like to hear from professionals in the business?  Well here is your chance.  Hosted by A Playful day and Karie Westerman there will be a Twitter “hang out” tomorrow at 8:30 pm and I have been invited to be on the panel of professionals.


The idea:

To share our joint experiences as professionals about making it work with others who are thinking of making the change to freelancer in the fibre industry. We hope to spread good practice and get people thinking about what it takes to ‘make it work’. Giving you the chance to ask people who are working in the craft industry just how it all comes together (or not!)


9th September 2014 at 8.30pm (Uk time) for one hour only.


Log on to Twitter and click on the hashtag #makeitwork to follow the chat. Each tweet should contain this hashtag so that page should (in theory) fill with interaction around the 3 core questions. We’ll work through them as Karie and I post them once we think it’s time to move on a bit (prob every 20 mins) and answers will have Q1/2/3 in front of them to answer.

Q1: How do you make the jump from part time freelancer to full time?

Q2: How do you keep it creative & not let it just become a j.o.b?

Q3: How do you build a network around you?

The Panel:

Supporting us is a fine line up of some truly inspirational people from the fibre industry. I’m so excited to be chatting with:

Joji Locatelli– An Argentinian knitwear designer who has an extensive collection of designs and a great reputation in the industry. As well as self publishing, Joji has collaborated with The Uncommon Thread, Veera Valimaki and Brooklyn Tweed amongst others.

Hilary Pullen– Creator of Craft Blog UK, Hilary is a specialist in blogging, digital marketing and craft. Her upcoming book ‘Online Marketing For Your Craft Businesses‘ is set to become a go to for craft businesses.

Kate Heppell– Editor of Knit Now and Love Crochet as well as self published designer, Kate is a well known name in the UK fibre scene and supports many freelancers and budding designers. Kate’s rich experience in both publishing and self publishing has meant she understands what faces most designers when they submit designs or the work it takes to get them published.

Kate Metherell– Owner of YAK, the online knitting store with a big reach. Based in Brighton with plans to open her own bricks and mortar store in the near future, Kate has managed to curate a fine collection of internationally recognised brands and is already becoming a firm favourite amongst crafters.

Meghan Fernandes– Co Founder and Editor of pom pom magazine, the quartlerly magazine that has been a huge success both in the UK and internationally. Meghan is a designer, editor and champion networker who has built an internationally recognised magazine from the ground up.

Victoria Magnus- Owner, creator and dyer at Eden Cottage Yarns. Victoria has successfully developed a wholesale hand dyed business with a complementary mill dyed range. A regular on the UK events scene, Victoria has built a yarn range with an international reach from her humble beginnings in her kitchen.

Log on on Wednesday and join in the conversation, it would be great to see you there!