On the Road with Vacilando Quilting Company

From the giant redwoods of Big Sur to the vast emptiness and desert mountains of Western Texas, Laura Preston finds creative inspiration in the many landscapes she inhabits.

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.

Craftsy to Release Courses as DVDs

In a move that may appear to be a technological step backward to some, Craftsy will soon be releasing a selection of classes as DVDs.

On the Loom with Maryanne Moodie

With studio space in New York and a home base in Australia, Maryanne Moodie has quickly become a household name among weaving enthusiasts around the globe.

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.

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.

Pay Cuts for Michaels Teachers Put a Damper on an Already Frustrating Job

Over 1 million people took a class at a Michaels store last year. Michaels is the nation’s largest art and craft retailer and customers can take classes in painting, drawing, scrapbooking, cake decorating, knitting, and crochet at their local stores. But what is it like to teach those classes?

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.

Spoonflower Sets Up Shop on Etsy, Amazon, and eBay

Print on demand fabric company, Spoonflower, has set up shops on three online marketplaces as a way to expand its reach to new audiences. Spoonflower fabrics are now available on Etsy, Amazon, and eBay.

10 Ways Craft Businesses Can Drive More Sales from Pinterest

Why should crafters care about Pinterest? Because Pinterest is probably the best place that a crafter can reach customers online. Tailwind is a social media scheduling tool that allows you to make the most of Pinterest and Craft Industry Alliance members get a discount as part of our new member benefits.

Happy 2017, CIA Members! We Have Exciting New Benefits for You!

  Today we’re pleased to be adding a suite of member benefits to your Craft Industry Alliance membership. One of things we can do by coming together as a trade association of craft professionals is negotiate group discounts and access to services that would be difficult to get as individuals. We’re proud to introduce those […]

Networking Tips for Introverts

Networking might sound like a nightmare when you’re introverted by nature. But it’s super important to building your business and community, and it doesn’t have to be a drag.

Trend Report: Contemporary Paper Quilling

Does the term quilling ring a bell? You might have hazy recollections from the 1970s of colorful flower and butterfly designs composed of coiled paper strips. Or perhaps you remember cutting up a sheet of construction paper, rolling the pieces one by one on a pencil or toothpick, and pinching them into various shapes as a school art project. This paper craft fell out of favor for a few decades, but we’re happy to report that there is something of a quiet revolution going on in the quilling world.

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