Archive for November, 2010

Episode 16 – Getting the Stuff

30 Nov

In this episode, Heather tells you where to get the stuff you need to start your business.  Woo hoo!

Fiber and Yarn Sellers (small scale.  Wholesalers will be addressed in a future episode):

Knit Picks

Paradise Fibers

The Sheep Shed Studio

Acme Fibres



Dye Producers (remember to look for the type of dye and whether or not you need more chemicals):

Jaquard -acid dyes

Cushing – acid (animal) and direct (plant) are on the same page.

Procion – Jaquard’s cellulose (plant) dyes

Pro Chemical and Dye – select the correct sidebar tab for the fiber you’ll be dyeing

Earthues – natural, plant-based dyes.

Country Classics – sold by Paradise Fibers

RIT – check out their awesome color blending guide


You’ll also need a small digital scale and some squirt bottles.  Have FUN with it!

I apologize if this video seems a bit choppy – I went off on a tangent or two and had to cut more than eight minutes  out of the video!

Episode 15 – Acronyms

15 Nov

In this episode, Heather discusses DBAs, EINs and more.

Useful links:

IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN) site This is where you get your Tax ID number. – a bunch of great articles to get you started on choosing the right business, your name, setting up accounts and more. – grab our domain name here (and use any one of the dozens of templates they have to set up your site someday!

Episode 14 – Defining Your Niche

08 Nov

No links this week, folks.  I am listing the questions I used in my graphic organizer below in case you’d like to make one yourself (I used a coaster to make the boxes).

1. What makes me special/unique?

2. How do I demonstrate this?

3. What do I need to get there?

4. How do I define success?

and underneath the boxes: When do I re-evaluate?

If I can manage, I’ll make a .pdf of a graphic organizer and link it here for y’all.  Gimme a day or two, okay?

And finally – what do you think of the restructuring?  Feedback, folks!  I need it 😉

The Real Episode 13

01 Nov

Dyepots – White Ash Worsted is now in the shop (more is added daily).

Growing business – hunting for new fibers and yarns, a season-end sale is coming soon, putting together Limited Edition Kits.  Stay tuned to the Highland Handmades blog for details.

Processes – Some changes are going to be made to the podcast.  One change?  Weekly scheduled recordings.

Grabby Hands – Intention Yarns is up!  Go take a look, buy some yarn!  Be sure to check out the blog, too.

The Fiberista Files

Do what you love, love what you do.