Stitch Your Own Busines

Carol Leather



As you look at the title, “Stitch Your Own Business”, you may ask yourself, “How can anyone make money in the needlework business today?” Carol explains how to start a business and become very successful with it. Throughout the book, she gives us “Top Tips” which are especially important to the subject.


In her first chapter, she begins the planning stages of any business. Questions such as where to get the money, what kind of business and whether it will be wholesale, retail or designing are all answered here. No adventure like this can proceed if you do not have a name and here is where you can benefit from Mrs. Leather’s expertize. She gives good advice on how to pick a name and the internet tools available for you.


Needlework designing requires software. We learn exporting, printing, symbols and graph layouts.   I enjoyed the comment, “if up to now you have designed with pens or pencils and paper that is fine…” I myself have always enjoyed the old fashion methods but in reading Carol’ personal preferences, I am in agreement with her when she recommends PC Stitch Pro and other software. As you read the information, you find the book is not just for cross stitchers. People who would like to start a business on blackwork, hardanger or another form of needlework is also included.


Each business person has the same road blocks when it comes to sending the product out into the shops. Making sample models, framing the samples, kitting the designs, along with what types of bags, fibers and thread to use all are solved in her chapter, “Manufacturing Kits.”   What to do with needles, beads and threads are also explained.


What would a needlework business be without shows and exhibitions? Here, we see Carol’s years of experience come to the fore. How to plan the show, what to expect, what to bring and how to make the show a better experience are all included in this chapter.   We are given a check list to make sure we haven’t forgotten anything. I am sure she has included items only an old pro could put in her list.

Chapters 6 and 7 teach us about talking in public and teaching classes. Making notes, practice and passing on you knowledge is a given but, how many of us would have thought of practicing in front of a video camera?


Using, starting and building a website are invaluable to any business.   Carol’s book doesn’t go into great detail on this subject. For anyone who knows website building, you know volumes of books are written on this subject. She does give a good thumbnail on what to expect and the software available for painless web building. As a website owner, I have learned a few tricks myself.


The last chapter in the book explains accounting and paperwork involved in running a business. You can learn about direct and indirect cost, what to do with petty cash, buying on credit and other money matters.


Carol states in her book, “You need to know who you owe, who owes you, and how much is in the bank.” Although this is true, more is needed. Mrs. Leather gives us much more information in starting your own needlework business. This book is a must for those who would like to start their own adventure. Well done, Carol!