About

The Mission

Our mission is to be a trusted source of industry information, creative inspiration, and community for craft professionals. We’re working to help our members:

  • Stay current on industry news, trends, and opportunities
  • Make connections with other small business owners
  • Develop viable business models
  • Achieve profitability
  • Run their businesses according to their own standard of ethics

The Founders

Craft Industry Alliance (CIA) co-founders Kristin Link and Abby Glassenberg have a combined two decades’ worth of experience as craft industry professionals. They’ve been designers and producers, makers and retailers, writers and teachers; they’ve launched and relaunched, branded and rebranded, invented and reinvented. Kristin and Abby believe in the power of community. Their vision is to build a thriving trade organization that meets the specific needs of today’s craft industry professionals and offers an opportunity for makers, suppliers, designers and writers to join together as allies under a united “craft industry” umbrella.

Abby Glassenberg

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Abby Glassenberg is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, teacher and writer. On her blog, WhileSheNaps.com, she writes about the sewing industry, running a creative business and the online culture of craft. Abby earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in education from Harvard. Before becoming a textile artist, Abby taught middle school social studies in Mississippi through Teach For America, and sixth grade in the Newton Public Schools district. She is the author of three sewing books. Abby lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her husband and three daughters.

Kristin Link

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Kristin Link is the owner and editor of Sew Mama Sew, a collaborative sewing blog. She earned a master’s degree in education and received certifications in technical writing and instructional design. Prior to having children, Kristin was a teacher, a trainer and a writer. After the birth of her first child, she launched her clothing line, Go, Goose, Go! In 2005, Kristin sold her clothing business and focused on her online fabric store. In addition to managing her popular blog, which boasts an archive of more than 700 sewing tutorials, Kristin also writes, teaches and speaks about professional blogging. Kristin lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.

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