In this episode of the Knit Picks Podcast Lee and Stacey check in on their latest projects and Sara interviews Tian Connaughton about her latest course, Get Published.
First Lee and Stacey discuss returning to old projects and finding new inspiration from past work. It’s never too late to pick up a half-finished afghan and begin moving forward once more.
Sara Dudek interviews Tian Connaughton, an expert knit and crochet designer, technical editor, author, and course creator. Since leaving the corporate world behind, she’s built a business around creativity, craft, and helping women build their own businesses that are profitable and sustainable.
By asserting a goal-oriented attitude, Tian discusses the best ways to keep motivated after rejection and how to avoid taking disappointments personally. She details tricks to get work noticed and steps necessary to take a project from the initial idea to fully published and ready to share.
Tian has developed a brand new video course, Get Published, to help aspiring knit and crochet pattern designers navigate the world of submitting, designing, editing, publishing, and so much more. While the series was developed for all who are interested in publishing pattern designs, the initiative was created specifically to empower BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) designers and other under-represented communities to pursue design publishing. With a focus of “community over competition,” Tian aims to open the door and empower those at any stage of their business.
And as always happy knitting.
Producers’ Note: If you are someone interested in taking the Get Published course, we’d love to hear from you! We’re hoping to follow someone’s progress from taking the course through getting published for a later episode of the podcast. Reach out and email firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to share your progress using the #GetPublishedWithTian on Instagram.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Barn Staple Vest
Form and Function
Chevron Pop Shawl
Get Published with Tian Connaughton
WeCrochet Magazine Issue 5
Pattern Partnership course
Get Published Course on Thinkific
Tian on Instagram @knitdesignsbyTian
0:00 Lee and Stacey check in
9:17 Sara interviews Tian