Marie learned from her grandmother to crochet and knit when Marie was 9 years old. Grandmother went to a needle arts trade school! Marie was really interested in crochet… In 2002, she received a book and learned to read patterns and became fired up, making things for family, meeting crafting people locally. She took the Craft Yarn Council’s Craft Instructors program in 2007 without really any intention of teaching. Because her grandmother died right after she took that course, she again felt inspired to move on along that path. Marie did give a try at participating at craft fairs, but found that using the patterns that she had created to teach others to crochet, and with the help of a mentor through the CGOA, Mary Nolfi, began submitting designs to magazines, self-publishing. All of the lead to her blog, which she started in 2011. She also got involved in different online communities and eventually the work she did outside of crafting and crochet became overwhelming. She left that in 2013. She feels she divides her time between yarn and teaching.
Underground Crafter was a way for Marie to share with others what she found, allowed her to keep herself involved with a variety of things going on all over the world. She loves the feed back she gets, which doesn’t come from magazine submissions.
The Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show podcast is a brand-new way for Marie to share this info in audio format, and can also be found in iTunes. Marie and Marly know people in the yarn industry who do a VARIETY of things to make a living. This really different from person to person, so no two ways are going to match up. Marie’s podcast focuses on the different things that must be considered by someone pursuing a career in the craft industry.
This episode of the Yarn Thing podcast gave callers an opportunity to ask questions of BOTH ladies. One topic was: should a designer offer FREE patterns verses PAID-for patterns? Both ladies offered their experiences and the choices they have made, and what they found. (THIS was really informative, but you’ll have to hear it for yourself.)
Another question was about family and friends asking for patterns you have for sale or finished products for FREE. Marie’s suggestion was to tag gifts with how many hours it took to create, or barter something in exchange.
The next inquiry was about blogging or podcasting and keeping motivated to continue on with fresh content. Marie said because she’s concerned about quality, if she’s not feeling up to it, she won’t post, such as earlier this month when she was sick. Marly says, 10:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays is where she is most enthused about learning about her guests and learning new things from them. She realizes her weaknesses and recruits help where she needs it. (You’ve heard her gush about her contract knitters and her social media assistant…)
A wonderful question was whether paid or free patterns how can we support our favorite designers? Stepping out of your comfort zone and SHARING what you love. either by pattern reviews on our own blogs, or verbally sharing the link to a pattern we’ve used and loved. A designer may be thought rude or even banned from selling their patterns outside of their own social pages, but if YOU are sharing what you love and why, who doesn’t love or admire that?
Marie Segares is also offering a 20% discount to all Marly’s listeners, of Marie’s Ravelry Shop: MARLY2015
If you missed hearing this episode live it is still available in the archive where it aired originally: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/03/19/underground-crafter-marie-segares or in iTunes.