How I Got That Gig: Absolut Vodka + Libs Elliott

We’re excited to launch a new series, How I Got That Gig, in which we ask craft industry professionals to tell us the story behind a great commission, job, freelance opportunity, or contract. The first story is from quilter, Libs Elliot, who recently designed a label for the Absolute Canada commemorative bottle.

How to Start a Local Creative Business Meetup

Running a creative business – especially when you work from home – comes with a lot of alone-time. And to be honest, that’s not always a bad thing! Alone-time creates space for ideas and creativity and discovering how you work best and what you need to be productive. But sometimes we need other people to bounce ideas off of, to celebrate our wins with and to build us up when we’ve royally failed. Sometimes we need an in-person support network to give us a hug and share a cookie with. Here are some expert tips for staring a local small business meetup in your area.

Show Report: Spring Quilt Market 2017, St. Louis

Spring Quilt Market took place this past weekend (May 18-21, 2017) in St. Louis, Missouri. Quilt Market, organized by Quilts, Inc., is a credentialed trade show that occurs twice a year. The location of each spring Market changes (next year will be in Portland), but the fall Market is always in Houston. Quilt Market is held in a convention center with hundreds of exhibitors in a traditional trade show format. Laura Piland was there and brings us this report.

Symbol Diagrams Make Crochet Patterns Dramatically Easier to Follow

Crochet – the one fiber art that will never be taken over by machine. You must use your own two hands to achieve this ancient art. Just you, your favorite crochet hook, and whatever luscious yarn you’ve chosen for your next wonderful project. But understanding a written pattern can be tricky. Symbol patterns are the answer!

Going It on Your Own with Online Teaching

If you have considered teaching online independent of the large craft platforms, here are some things I have learned that might be worth thinking about.

Hand Knit Finger Puppets Cheer Child Hospital Patients

When the IWK Children’s Hospital announced that they needed more finger puppets, Amy Morais decided it was time to pick up her knitting needles – something she hadn’t done since she was a child.

“I’m really big on helping them,” says Morais. “They saved Melody; she would be here if it wasn’t for them.” Melody is Morais’ 14-year-old daughter who has been going to the Nova Scotia-based hospital since she was a baby and Amy has since donated many hand knit puppets to the project.

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.

Show Report: Craftcation 2017, Ventura, California

Whether you are a successful entrepreneur or a creative mogul-in-waiting, there was much to learn at this year’s Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference, a five-day mix of business, skill-building and creativity for all levels of makers, designers and artists.

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.

Avoid Copyright Breaches on Your Multi-Contributor Blog

If you have a multi-contributor craft blog how can you be sure that the posts and images contributors are submitting are original? Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory speaks from first hand experience with these expert tips.

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