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.

How to Become a Confident Negotiator: Expert Tips for Creative Business Owners

Negotiating a business relationship or contract on your own can be incredibly intimidating, especially if negotiation doesn’t come naturally for you. It didn’t come naturally to Katie Lane when she first started work as an attorney. She had to learn how to negotiate including how to help herself when she felt uncomfortable or intimidated.

Katie shares her expert tips for getting comfortable in your role as a negotiator when you own a creative business.

Show Report: NY NOW

The NY NOW trade show, held every August and February in New York City, is a dizzying array of home decor, gifts, food, clothing and accessories — including plenty of small craft businesses. Writer, Lisa Chamoff, attended the show this month and brings us this report.

What’s Trending in Scrapbooking Right Now

Keeping up with trends in scrapbooking these days can be difficult. New products come and go so fast that products disappear just when we discover them. Although we’ve certainly seen a shift away from the traditional scrapbooks of 10 years ago, the art of documenting a life through photos continues to be popular with crafters of all ages. We took a look at what’s popular right now to help you stay on top of what’s trending in the industry.

An Offer is Not a Gift: Why Negotiation is Necessary Even If It’s Scary

Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.

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