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 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.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts announced today that it has acquired the online class company Creativebug.
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.
H+H is billed as the largest craft trade show in the world. Beth Casey was there and she brings us this report.
Nashville, Tennessee is home to country music, hot chicken, and for one weekend a year, cross stitch. The Nashville Needlework Market, the only trade show dedicated solely to cross stitch, has been around in various forms for decades and represents the industry’s biggest buying event of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maeri Howard attend CHSI stitches in Birmingham last week and brings us the highlights and her overall impression of this large knitting, sewing, and craft trade show.
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.
If your yarn store is successful, it makes sense to capitalize on that and develop your own yarn line, right? Or does it? Read about the pros and cons here.
Creativation is the new name for the CHA Mega Show. Will the rebranding be enough to increase attendance? Is it the right show for you?
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?
Grace Dobush attended Creativation (the rebranded CHA Mega Show) and reports back with 5 big craft trends for 2017.
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.
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.
The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) announced that it will significantly increase teacher compensation in order to keep the conference pay competitive.
It can also be difficult for craft business owners to draw a line between their personal/political and business lives when work and hobbies intersect.