Monday, February 6, 2012

#knitting: beginning a career in knitwear design

Recently, I led a discussion regarding The Beginning, Middle and End of a career in Knitwear Design.
Where did I acquire my knowledge on this topic?
Well, my career began in August, 2002 and ended in January, 2011. During this time I was a member of the Canadian Knitwear Designers and Artisans as well as the Knitwear Designer Association. I have over 25 designs in my collection. I sold patterns to knitters from Canada, USA, the UK, Japan, Israel and Australia. Designs were featured in A Needle Pulling Thread craft magazine, Accord Publishing's Knitting Calendars and Knit Together (a knitting magazine no longer being published).
Some tips for beginning a career in knitwear design
think of yourself as an apprentice
-learn as much as you can about the craft from a variety of sources
one-on-one from other knitters/knitwear designers/yarn producers
-develop a system for recording and collecting your design ideas
-gleam inspiration from a variety of needlecrafts
-assemble resources (books, websites)
as you attend workshops
 -network with knitters/knitwear designers/yarn producers/magazine publishers
-have a 'community building' or win-win mindset
-take note of the most popular workshops
file this information away for the future when you will be offering your own workshops
When you begin to write your patterns seek the assistance of knitters. They are invaluable resources to proofread your patterns.
Feedback (questions, comments, etc.) is very gratefully appreciated.
Next post:  writing:  how do you spell disabled?
Next Monday:  we continue with our discussion (A career in knitwear design)


Diane Stephenson said...

I spent many years knitting (and crocheting) to earn income. During those years I did some designing as well. But that was back in the 90s, and I haven't knitted anything for a very long time now. I did enjoy it, though. Sometimes I think I would like to get back at it, but then I realize my writing takes up too much of the little time I have. And so it gets pushed further and further into the future. Maybe one day...maybe not.

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for commenting, Diane. It is a challenge juggling both designing and writing. Like yourself, I selected to choose writing. It is good to stay open to possiblities. It's my belief, that if you want something, you can make it happen--it's only a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Not only good for knitwear designers, "Think of yourself as an apprentice" is a great piece of advice for this very thing we call life :)

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you, Laurie. Yes, it's amazing what you can learn and from whom.