Yarnpreneur Profiles – Amber – Divine Debris

Her Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/divine-debris

Her Website: http://www.divinedebris.com

JM: Tell us a bit about your business.

A: It’s a one-time hobby that’s because a serious passion of mine. I love to design all sorts of things, from big projects to little bits of jewelry, although haven’t gotten into garments just yet but I want to.

JM: Why did you start your business?

A: I started crocheting again, having learned when I was a kid, because I started working at a craft store and I loved the look and feel of yarn and thread. Initially I started making jewelry and wanted to sell them online, which was easier said than done.

As I was making jewelry from my own designs, I found that designing was exciting and rewarding for me so I kept doing it. Now I design and publish patterns regularly, maintaining a blog with tons of free patterns and many paid patterns in my Ravelry shop.

JM: What is your favorite thing about being a yarnpreneur™?

A: The satisfaction of a design coming together. I love seeing an idea in my head, sketching it out and then getting to hold it in my hands once it’s complete. It’s even better when I see photos from testers and other crocheters, knowing that I’ve put something out into the world.

JM:  What is your least favorite thing about being a yarnpreneur™?

A: Mean people. I know that not everyone is going to like every design but there are times where I just shake my head, or rage at the screen, from a comment on a post where someone says something just rude as can be. Like, didn’t your mother ever tell you if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?

JM: What would you tell (or what advice would you give) someone that wants to be a yarnpreneur™?

A: Look at the ideas and designs of people you admire, why do you like them? What is it that they’re doing that like most? Try to be that. But no stealing, that’s rude.

JM: What do you wish you had done differently when you first started your business?

A: Realize that I was better suited to designing than to selling finished items It’s been a long road of learning for me to get to my current position, where I’m still learning so much about this business.

JM: What’s next for you and your business?

A: I want to do more. I want to make bigger and better designs that reach larger audiences. I’d love to be the next Marly Bird, she’s pretty fantastic. 😀

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