In a world mostly concerned with getting product to market quickly, there are some who still take the time to create something by hand. Spinners, knitters and textile crafters continue to create beautiful and unique mittens, scarves and sweaters for sale.
Most crafters begin as a hobbyist before developing it into a business. Amanda Carrigan, a spinner, knitter and dyer of wool, has been working with textiles since she was a child. She realized the business potential of her work when more and more friends and family asked her to make pieces for them.
Carrigan works as a landscaper with Hansen Lawn and Gardens Ltd. in the spring, summer and fall. But when winter sets in she puts down her tools and picks up her knitting needles – essential items for a part-time business with textiles.
Developing a successful business selling handmade
products seems unlikely with the increase of online shopping and machine-made
products. Carrigan, like many others who sell handmade items, has not found
this to be the case.
“It’s about finding the right audience,” she says.