5 Tips for Making Your Artist-In-Residence Experience a Success

Andrea Tsang Jackson was the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and worked for four months collecting small quilt blocks made by museum visitors. Here, Andrea discusses how to approach a project proposal for a residency program. If you’re considering applying for an artist-residence-program at a museum or arts center, these tips will be helpful to you!

Creative Business Owner’s Gift Guide 2017

Hey craft business owners! This gift guide is just for you. If someone has been asking you what you want this holiday, we know you’ll find some things on this list that you’ll need and love. Treat your business (and yourself) to something fun this holiday season!

6 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind When Teaching Kids’ Sewing Classes

Teaching kids to sew can be both fun and a bit scary. Can a 7-year-old be taught to use a sewing machine independently and safely? Megan Avery says yes! She runs a sewing studio in New Jersey and here she shares her top 6 safety tips to keep in mind when teaching kids to sew.

Show Report: West Coast Craft

Erin Dollar attended West Coast Craft, a juried exhibition of artist and designer craftspeople inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. She has this report on popular businesses and hot trends.

Snip, Cut, Clip: Scissors For All

You can be sure that there is at least one pair of beloved scissors behind every crafter, maker, and artist. Whether the art depends on scissors, like paper cutting, or they are simply an indispensable tool for getting work done, scissors feature prominently in the maker’s tool box. We take a look at the historical development of scissors and the wide variety that exist today.

A Look at the International Yarn Market

Ravelry and Instagram enable knitters to connect with like-minded folks from across the globe and get inspired by projects outside their immediate circle. Together they’re having an lasting impact on yarn shops in Europe.

Show Report: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF)

Fiber lovers, artists, and producers – including the four-legged varieties – gathered in Asheville, North Carolina, from October 27-29, 2017, for the 24th annual Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF). Ashley Little was there and brings us this report.

Show Report: Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

The Knitting & Stitching Show, held at Alexandra Palace (affectionately known as “Ally Pally”) in London, is the UK’s biggest event for the textile art, craft and design community. Christine Perry was there and brings us this report.

Business Profile: The Unlikely Road of the Thread Cutterz

Vance Zahorski’s clever invention is a wearable ring with recessed blades for quickly and safely cutting thread or fishing line. In November of 2016 Zahorski was on the TV show Shark Tank where contestants pitch their product to real investors. Zahorski’s pitch was successful, and he secured an investment of $130,000 in exchange for a 30% stake in the company and that’s when Thread Cutterz really took off.

Show Report: Chicago Responsible Jewelers Conference

Downtown Chicago, with a view of Lake Michigan from the 8th floor of Columbia College Chicago’s film center was the scene for the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, the very first. Elaine Luther was there and brings us this report.

How I Got that Gig: Heather Grant & the Modern Quilt Guild’s PBS Series, Fresh Quilting

Heather Grant is the Director of Marketing & Programming for the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG). She’s one of a handful of staff members who run the organization that includes over 12,000 members and 200 chapters around the world. I met with Heather to talk about Fresh Quilting, the MQG’s quilting show on PBS. I wanted to know how the show came about and how it was going.

Show Report: Yarndale 2017

Tucked away in the hills above the Yorkshire market town of Skipton is the Auction Mart. The place is usually full of sheep, cows and farmers, but on the weekend of September 23-24 the livestock made way for Yarndale, the annual festival of creativity and craft that everybody – exhibitors and visitors from all over the world alike – wants to attend. Christine Perry was there and brings us this report.

How to Run an Amazing Destash Sale

Regardless of your craft there comes a point where you may be drowning in supplies. It’s time for a destash. Cheryl Arkison explains how to run a destash sale smoothly so you can get some cash and get back to work in a cleaned out space.

Show Report: Berlin Knits 2017

The temperature is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and we knitters start gravitating towards casting on more and more sweaters – perfect time to attend a knitting festival.

Last weekend (Sep 30 & Oct 1), Berlin Knits – organized by Marion Bulin and Stefanie Palm, owners of online-only yarn shop Yarn Over Berlin – attracted a huge crowd of both Germany- and Europe-based knitters. Our European special correspondent, Hanna Lisa Haferkamp, was there and brings us this report.

Low Poly Crafts Bring Dimension to DIY

The Canadian couple behind Low Poly Crafts is taking low poly art higher, creating 3D do-it-yourself kits that are fun, artistic, and relaxing to make.

Quilters Take Manhattan Says Goodbye as the Quilt Alliance Refocuses Efforts

“Quilts can’t speak for themselves,” said Amy Milne, director of the Quilt Alliance, at the Alliance’s seventh and final Quilters Take Manhattan event, held Sept. 15, 16 and 17, 2017.

Over five hundred avid quilters attended the array of events at galleries, private studios, shops and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Despite robust turnout and an enthusiastic reception for the artists, academics and sponsors who presented, the event isn’t sustainable, said Milne. The high cost of traveling to New York and the evolution of technology has directed a pivot: the Alliance, she said, will double down on its effort to by encourage all quilters to share the stories of their work and its meaning.

Show Report: The 2017 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

The Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival is held the first full weekend after Labor Day. What started out in 1979 as a spring conference for shepherds, becoming the largest conference of its kind by 1992, has now morphed into Wisconsin’s biggest fiber festival, and some say it is the biggest in the Midwest. Andrea Mielke was there and brings us this report.

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