Monday, April 5, 2010

What Is Involved in Owning a Craft Business?

Have you ever dreamed of having your own craft business? Wouldn't it be awesome to spend your days surrounded by your chosen crafting materials and tools, and meeting people who share your passion? What if encouraging creativity in others was your "day job?"

Added bonus: You might actually have a chance to finish some of the many projects you've started and time to start more of those projects that you never seem to be able to move past the idea stage.

At our Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild meeting on April 17, our guest is living this very dream. Emily Spearman opened Summerville's The Village Knittery (pictured above) in 2008 and has created a thriving business which has also become a community center and classroom for the area's knitters and crocheters. Her website tells us:

"The Village Knittery is more than a yarn shop. It's a place to relax, to share and to celebrate the joys of creating. We cherish the history of knitting, while embracing the future of the fiber arts."

Now, doesn't this sound like someone you'd like to know? We're delighted to have Emily join us on the 17th to share her experience in becoming the proprietress of one of Charleston's favorite LYSs (local yarn shops). I'm sure she'll find us to be a group of like-minded souls and we'll be inspired to hear how she transformed her dream into her job.

In our on-going effort to build our own crafting community, our meeting on April 17 will be a pot-luck brunch at the home of Lynn Holland in Summerville. Bring a dish to share and we'll start at 11:30. We'll let Emily talk to us early so she can get on back to her shop -- Saturdays are busy days there. Afterwards there will be time to enjoy each others' company and we'll share what we've been making lately. (So bring your latest project along.) Several members have been to the John C. Campbell Folk School recently so we look forward to hearing about their experiences there.

As always, all are welcome. If you've never been to one of our meetings, this would be a great one to begin to get to know us. We are a friendly, sometimes noisy group, diverse in our range of interests and skills. We enjoy a wide range of fiber arts. In getting together regularly, we each sometimes find ourselves teaching others and sometimes learning something brand new.

And one more important note: If your life is crazy busy and you can find time to make it to the meeting, but you can't manage bringing a dish -- please come anyway and let us feed and nurture you just a little bit. Based on prior experiences with this group, there will be no shortage of food. We'd rather have you join us than anything and no one will be checking that you bring a plate as you come through the door!

We won't publish Lynn's address here, but if you'd like to join us and need directions, contact Sandy Hutchinson at or 843-766-0752.

Thanks to Lynn for having us again. We enjoyed a similar meeting at her house in December and decided it was worth repeating!

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