First things first, tell us a bit about your business and how you got started…
Hello! I’m Julie, a knitting and sewing graphic designer, who started TillyFlop designs in 2009 when I couldn’t find a greeting card for a knitter chum. My first range of just 12 cards debuted at the iKnit Weekender that year and since then I have increased my greeting card range [there are currently 98!] plus I’ve added a lot more products – I design all the items and source all the production [all UK] too. Yarn festivals [in real life and more recently online] have introduced TillyFlop to new customers – retail and trade – and TillyFlop is now stocked in local yarn shops in the UK, in Europe and in the USA too.
@julietillyflop [insta and twitter]
What’s your favourite product of yours and why?
It’s always the latest one! But I love that some of my cards, especially, really hit a chord with folk – some find them hilarious and some quite moving.
What yarn crafts are you into personally?
I’m definitely first and foremost a knitter. Though I can crochet a chain and a table [I think]. I also sew and am about to pick up a punch needle kit … so basically anything textiles-based!
What’s your favourite colour?
Well, yellow is right up there in it’s myriad of shades. Except for lemon … the only place for that is in a GnT!
If you weren’t running a yarn business what would you be doing?
I run TillyFlop designs alongside my own design business …. so I guess I’m doing that already!
What’s your favourite part of yarn shows?
The whole shebang … except perhaps the get-in and the pack-up! I love love love catching up with people, adding to my list of things to knit, seeing all the amazing stuff that folks create to sell …. the inspiration is priceless
What yarn craft do you wish you were good at?
It could be punch-needle! But I’d love to crochet better!
Do you tend to go for repeatable lines or one-off products? What’s your longest-running product, range or colourway?
I’ve still got the cards I designed in 2009 …
Can you give us any hints of things you’ve got coming up soon?
All sorts of plans in the mind … I just need to get them onto paper and then into production ….
And finally, just for fun, would you rather fight 100 chicken-sized zombies or 10 zombie-sized chickens?
Think I’d go for the 100 chicken-sized zombies ….