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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tackling NY NOW as a Small Business Owner

When our business was ready to start purchasing from international suppliers, we figured finally attending NY NOW would be a great way to get our feet wet.

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.

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.

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.

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