This may shock and surprise some of you, but…I like to talk a lot.
No, really, I mean it. I like to talk a lot. I know you’re stunned at this revelation. Even more shocking, I like to talk about TEXTILES. A lot.
I’ll wait until you stop laughing. Okay, seriously, enough. You can stop laughing now.
SO ANYWAY, I have discovered several ways to combine my love of textiles and talking a lot about them in order to make money. One way, which is always fun and lucrative, is to give talks about spinning to local groups. While I don’t have enough credentials to feel comfortable addressing, say, a group like my guild, I know quite enough to talk to the DAR or an Arts organization. Events like these are somewhat rare for me but I highly look forward to doing them. (By the way, you can take that as an open call for any groups you may have that would appreciate this kind of thing. Email me.)
Another way is by teaching, which is more regular and predictable and very flexible. I teach both classes and individuals, and it is something I vastly enjoy. I also teach indirectly, by answering questions on Ravelry and weighing in with my opinion on textile-related discussions. The latter doesn’t pay, per se, but I have gotten referrals for students and buyers for my yarn this way, so it contributes.
The newest way I’ve found is to join Mahalo, a question-and-answer site, as a manager for many of their yarn-related pages. For every page I create, I earn a little money, and then pageviews and clickthroughs add up to more. I get to go on and on and on about textiles, and they get the benefit of my expertise, and we both earn a little bit of money. It’s a win-win situation.
I would like to invite you all to check out the various pages I’ve created so far. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, added, or otherwise changed, please let me know. I am responsible for updating the pages regularly so adding info is always a good thing. Help a girl out and click on the ads every so often, too–they’re usually for wool wash or WEBS or something. The links are below.
- Drop Spindles
- Spinning Wheels
- Spinning Yarn
- Weaving (coming soon)
- Weaving Looms
- Fiber Festivals
- Historic Costumes
Today’s Questions: (If you participate) are you ready for the holidays yet? Are you making or buying gifts this year? Tell me in the comments!