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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
National home decor retailer, West Elm, has a commitment to promoting the work of artisans and crafters in the areas where their stores are located.
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.
Craft Industry Alliance special correspondent, Maeri Howard, attended The Festival of Quilts which took place in Birmingham, England on August 10-13th. She brings us this show report.
A retreat is not only an event your customers will enjoy, it can be an effective marketing tool to help you increase profits and make valuable connections.
Many vendors at ACRE 2017 in Las Vegas were disappointed by the turnout after Emerald Expositions took the helm.
Thinking about going to the next yarn or needlearts trade show? Check out our report on TNNA Spring, 2017.
The story behind the creation and development of the adorable and useful sewing notion, the Binding Baby.
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.
Tony Lee advises to rethink how you calculate a true return on investment by factoring in new and strengthened relationships as well as orders.
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.
Join award-winning quilter Rebecca Bryan and Alissa Norton, a former video producer for Craftsy, for a webinar about the nuts and bolts of producing a top notch online video class.
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.
Trade shows and business conferences provide opportunities to promote your business, network with other professionals, and learn more about the industry.
Acquiring a sale costs money. Even if you’re pounding the pavement with “free” marketing, you’re spending your precious time that even money can’t buy back. Learn to use Facebook ads the RIGHT way once and for all. This session will be an amazing gift for your business.
H+H is billed as the largest craft trade show in the world. Beth Casey was there and she brings us this report.