Cozy Up to a Crafty Murder Mystery

Are you a fan of murder mysteries? If you are (or even if you’re not yet) there’s a fantastic genre of craft-related novels that might just draw you in. Whether you’re a knitter, crocheter, or quilter, avid reader Jennifer Hynes has a book recommendation for you.

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A Report from QuiltCon 2017, Savannah

QuiltCon 2017 took place last weekend, February 23-26, 2017. Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of its kind. This year’s event took place at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in warm, sunny downtown Savannah, not far from the campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design. This is the fourth QuiltCon. Here’s our report on the show.

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Pros and Cons of Developing Your Own Yarn Line 

You own a yarn store because you love yarn, so the next logical step is creating your own, right? Developing and marketing private-label line of yarns can be as simple or complex a project as you want it to be. We’ve spoken with some yarn store owners and mill owners about what’s involved in creating a proprietary line of yarns, giving you insight into the factors involved if you decide to take this next step.

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Onward and Upward! New Survey Indicates the Craft Industry is Growing in Dollars and Scope

The size of the creative industry in the United States was a staggering $44 billion in 2016, up from $30.1 billion in 2011. The Craft and Hobby Association released its new study of the U.S. craft market along with a new name to reflect its more expansive scope: the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI). They also rebranded what was known as the CHA Mega Show as Creativation. “It’s a really good time to be in the creativity business,” says Jamie Gallagher, CEO of Faber Castell USA. His company, based in Cleveland, was one of hundreds of exhibitors in Creativation’s trade show.

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