How to make a hobby into a business: Terri's story

Meet Terri, 23, from the Shetlands, to find out more about life as a knitwear designer. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

"I’ve always loved knitting – my ancestors have been doing it for generations."

  • Terri lives on the Shetland Islands and comes from a long line of knitters and craftspeople
  • She sources and colours the wool for her designs herself and sells them on her website
  • Terri's grandmother taught her how to knit and owns her own knitwear shop!

What to expect if you want to be a knitwear designer

A role similar to Terri's is a textile designer. Textile designers create fabric designs and patterns for woven, knitted and printed materials for clothes and the home.

  • Textile designer pay: £15,000 to £40,000 per year
  • Textile designer working hours: 40 to 42 hours per week
  • Typical entry requirements: There is no set way to become a textile designer; you can either complete a university or college course in Fashion and Textiles or Art and Design, become an apprentice or gain work experience in the industry. Getting experience is important because you'll need to present a design portfolio when you're looking for work. You could also join The Textile Institute and The Textile Society for professional training.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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