Craftsy Acquired by Comcast NBCUniversal

Comcast NBCUniversa has purchased a majority ownership share in he online learning and ecommerce platform, Craftsy.com. In announcement today on the Craftsy website CEO John Levisay wrote, “I’m absolutely thrilled at this outcome. It will provide us tremendous resources and a massive distribution platform to further pursue our vision of becoming an iconic brand in the makerspace via ‘edutainment’, classes and supplies.”

Cosy Project Not so Cozy for Some

Cosy Project catches designers by surprise by selling digital versions of their patterns previously published in magazines.

Chad Dickerson Steps Down as CEO of Etsy

Effective tomorrow Chad Dickerson will be stepping down as the CEO of Etsy. Josh Silverman, formerly of American Express, Skype, and Evite, will be his replacement.

Show Report: Stitches United, Hartford, CT

Stitches United took place this past weekend, April 27-30 2017, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This event is a reinvention of the Stitches show combining knitting and crochet with other crafts that hadn’t formerly been included such as quilting, sewing, weaving, rug hooking, and cross stitch. We were there and bring you this report.

Etsy Launches New Craft Supply Marketplace Etsy Studio

For the first time since it’s founding in 2005 Etsy has launched a second marketplace. Called Etsy Studio, the new platform focuses exclusively on craft supplies integrating DIY tutorials to help consumers find what they need to get creative.

Etsy Sellers Will Have to Shift to New Payments Platform or Have Privileges Revoked

Etsy sellers will have to begin using the new Etsy Payments platform by May 17, 2017 or their selling privileges will be revoked. Etsy Payments is an updated version of what was formerly called Direct Checkout which allows shoppers to enter their credit card information when buying an item rather than having to use PayPal. Some sellers have expressed concern about the switch.

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