"Do things before you feel 100% ready for them (because you’re never 100% ready). Ask for help. Surround yourself with people you can go to for a good venting session and pep talk. But do it all with attitude and bravery and ferocity. Because you’ll be fine, even if (when) you struggle. Avoiding failure is fruitless, but preparing for and responding to it with confidence will make you a better businessperson and maker. So the best advice I can give, in a nutshell, is just to get going, and trust that you’ll figure it out along the way." - @bundlehandmade
Hi makers, Lindsay from @bundlehandmade! I'm excited to be guest blogging for Our Maker life on the topic of something near and dear to my heart: the #MakersGetReal challenge.
Social media has problems. That shouldn’t be surprising. There are plenty of studies on the relationship between social media use and depression, anxiety, and other ugly feelings. Psychologists generally agree that the reason for this is that most of what we see on social media is other peoples’ highlight reels, which we then compare to our mundane, lackluster, sometimes ugly everyday realities. Instagram is probably the pinnacle of a highlight reel – everything is visual, beautiful, staged, and filtered.
I wanted to start the #MakersGetReal challenge for exactly this reason. Here are five things I've learned from hosting this challenge, along with some of my favorite prompt responses from other talented makers in our amazing community.
Making cozy accessories inspired by the great Canadian wilderness - that's the core of Kelly's maker life.
But her story is one that starts with family, love and authentic passion.
A couple of years after Kelly graduated college, she inherited her grandmother's crochet hooks, and though she didn't know how to crochet, she took to YouTube and taught herself. Kelly is talking all about that moment that has since led to her growing online business where she allows the heartbeat of the wilderness to inspire her. It's her walk through the woods that help her develop her knit and crochet pieces, and that since 2013, has been giving the community all the nature/knitting/crochet heart eyes.
In a maker community, where love for knitting and nature can sometimes feel like an enthusiastic fad - Knitbrooks grows from a natural genuineness. We're honored to have her apart of the Our Maker Life dream team, where Kelly leads the How To Wear It and Question of the Week blog posts, co-organizes the OML events, and is a lead producer for the OML Make books; and that she's telling her story to Makeology, a growing community built around supporting local artisans and crafts-people through high-end curated craft shows around the Greater Toronto Area and in-person workshops.
Hi makers, Jewell with the OML team here and I'm pretty excited for this week's guest blog post!
Can you show me how to make that? It's something that as knitters and crocheters we're often asked - and it's pretty exciting when we can answer that question by writing up a pattern for a particular beanie, scarf, blanket, etc. that we're working on. As makers, many of us have created a sizable business in monetizing our crochet and knitwear through pattern selling. But for all of us makers that enjoy selling our patterns and looking for pattern testers, many more of us do not, often due to the technical process for creating the actual written pattern in Word, PowerPoint, InDesign, etc that can quickly and painstakingly become a knitter's nightmare. I confess, I am still somewhat *maker traumatized* after a week of patten writing and testing blues (complete with knitting photo demonstration woes, pattern abbreviations sighs, and please-God-don't-let-me-forget-to-include-that-step) cries while writing up my Purpose Scarf pattern. Even as a seasoned and passionate knitter, for me, the Purpose Scarf pattern was my first to share with the community, and by the time the process was over I was thrown for a loop and felt somewhat inadequate and downright stressed. Precisely why I haven't followed through with my idea of writing more patterns in the last year.
But today is a new day. And the OML team and I want to share an antidote for that maker pattern writing kryptonite thanks to Teresa Carter of DeBrosseNYC Knitwear.
Teresa is the founder and maker behind DeBrosseNYC (check out our podcast with Teresa where she tells her shop story) and I'm happy that Teresa is back on the blog to share her vision and story behind her amazing new pattern templates. After selling 2,000 patterns, she's now sharing her graphic design talent and craft in a cool way that since releasing in just the last week is renewing the energy and exuberance for makers, like myself, to write our knit and crochet patterns in the best way.