Craftsy to Release Courses as DVDs

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.

Pay Cuts for Michaels Teachers Put a Damper on an Already Frustrating Job

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?

Onward and Upward! New Survey Indicates the Craft Industry is Growing in Dollars and Scope

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.

Is Massdrop a Threat to Local Quilt Shops and Online Fabric Stores?

The group buying site Massdrop has become a popular place to find quilting supplies, but for some shop owners the site is a cause concern. With prices below MSRP, is Massdrop undercutting traditional retail or bringing in younger, tech savvy customers who are new to quilting?

American Quilter’s Society to Close Books Division

The board of the American Quilter’s Society made a decision last week to close the company’s book publishing division. In a letter to authors from AQS co-founder and president Meredith Schroeder stated, “It is with a great deal of regret that I am notifying you that the American Quilter’s Society will no longer be publishing new books…I am sorry to see it come to this, but I know you are aware of all the changes in technology in the publishing industry.”

Handmade at Amazon at Six Months

We talk to three creative business owners with shops at Etsy and Handmade at Amazon to find out how their sales are six months later.

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