Have you ever dreamed of becoming a cross stitch designer?
Imagine this: I was sitting in a cozy coffee shop, savouring the aroma of freshly brewed coffee.
As I looked around, my eyes caught a glimpse of a woman beside me, immersed in a cross-stitch magazine. To my astonishment, she was flipping through the pages showcasing my very own design. It was not a figment of my imagination, but a heartwarming reality that filled me with joy.
Since that exciting moment, my designs have graced the pages of numerous national magazines, each publication bringing a surge of excitement and anticipation.
The thrill of stumbling upon my cross-stitch kits in a store during a holiday trip added an unexpected touch of delight. To my amazement, I discovered that the store was owned by one of my trade customers!
These delightful surprises, like little rays of sunshine, brighten my day as a cross-stitch designer.
But perhaps, among all the memories, one stands out as my favourite.
It was in London, during a four-day needlework show. As I arrived on the first day, my eyes were drawn to a stand in the atrium, featuring the works of Jo Verso, a renowned author in the industry.
Summoning my courage, I joined the queue of eager customers. As my turn arrived, Jo Verso looked up and took a step back, her surprise evident. "You're Carol Leather! Oh my goodness!" she exclaimed, her voice filled with genuine delight. I was taken aback, unaware that she even knew of my existence.
These memories, these encounters, these moments of connection with fellow embroidery enthusiasts, fill my heart with warmth and gratitude. They remind me that my craft has the power to touch lives, to create bonds, and to bring joy to those who appreciate the artistry of needle and thread.
Wouldn't you love to experience those moments of surprise and connection in your own life. Becoming a cross stitch designer may seem like a daunting task, but with the right resources and a passion for the craft, you can turn your dreams into reality.
One invaluable resource that can help you on your journey is my "Stitch Your Own Business" ebook. This comprehensive guide is filled with practical tips, step-by-step instructions, and real-life examples that will empower you to start your own cross stitch design business.
From finding out what people really want to stitch, to how to get honest feedback on your designs - not just a nod and a "That's nice dear" from your partner.
You will learn all about the different ways to promote your products, off and online. Where to advertise, and how often.
How to keep the rest of the family "onside" during your early days, before you start to see the money coming in. You will even find insider information on making the best of shows and exhibitions.
In order to give you the best chance of success I drafted in another cross stitch designer, Shan Harris, to give you her viewpoint, as some of her methods differ from my own, and this way you get to choose which would work best for you.
This 121 page ebook took me 2 years to write. It condenses 15 years of running my own needlework business into the bare essentials. I do not pad it out with fluff, but packed with information that will give you a head start and help you to avoid the mistakes I made.
This information will save you time, effort and money! Becoming a cross stitch designer has never been so simple.
It is yours, along with two bonuses which I will discuss later, for just £19.95.
In the first chapter, we look at the introduction to business, what you'll need to pull together a business plan and of course how you can release that cross stitch designer in you...
This chapter is all about designing your patterns.
Now we have got the creative juices flowing. Let's have a look at what you need from cross stitch software in Chapter 3...
This chapter covers choosing your design software in detail.
Just so you don't have to wait until your software arrives, you will find some useful 11 and 14 count graph papers in the bonus section, when you purchase and download your copy of this ebook.
Designing the kits is only part of the story.
How do you get them to the market place? How do you know what is popular? How do you keep your costs as low as possible?
Inside Chapter 4, I'll enlighten you with my experiences, illustrate tools that may assist your production, and offer guidance in case you are having others make your kits up for you.
Let's try adding some shoe leather to the sales pitches, and getting yourself out into the public. Shows and exhibitions offer an opportunity that shouldn't be missed.
You are now a cross stitch designer and you need to tell the world!
Giving a talk enables you to interact on a personal level with an audience. Talking to them about your love and passion helps to get your name out there.
Have a passion to teach, but missing that vital Degree? You don't necessarily need one! People are looking for informed individuals, experts in their field to pass on their knowledge.
As a cross stitch designer you are ideally placed to teach what you know to others. It is enjoyable, profitable and gives you another string to your bow. In the next chapter I share my secrets to making a success of your teaching engagements.
Of course you can also teach online...
In Chapter 8 I shall share a wealth of information on how to build yourself a successful web site - not a get rich quick scheme, just a true and honest base to truly set you on the road to independence.
Here you'll get an opportunity to learn from the best, and I'm not talking about me, for after a number of successful years with my own sites, I still find I can learn a trick or two.
It is important to keep your records in order when running your own business as a cross stitch designer. This chapter will help you lay a good foundation for your record keeping.
I am sure you will have questions when thinking about becoming a cross stitch designer. I know I did!
But unlike me, you now have someone to turn to, for help and advice. When you buy this book you will have access to a password protected page on my site where there is a special form for contacting me with your queries.
Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, the download page will also have a link to where you can get FREE graph paper in 11 and 14 count to print out as many times as you like.
So don't delay! Order your copy of Stitch Your Own Business for just £19.95 today.
The book is delivered as an 8.5mb file in .PDF format, straight to your computer.
You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read this book, if you are using a PC. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download without leaving this page).
If you have any questions about the book, or problems downloading it after purchase, please do use my Contact page to drop me an e-mail.