Comcast NBCUniversa has purchased a majority ownership share in he online learning and ecommerce platform, Craftsy.com. In announcement today on the Craftsy website CEO John Levisay wrote, “I’m absolutely thrilled at this outcome. It will provide us tremendous resources and a massive distribution platform to further pursue our vision of becoming an iconic brand in the makerspace via ‘edutainment’, classes and supplies.”
In sharing the story of how the WEFTY Needle was developed I want to encourage you to pursue your own product development ideas and help you plan ahead.
Effective tomorrow Chad Dickerson will be stepping down as the CEO of Etsy. Josh Silverman, formerly of American Express, Skype, and Evite, will be his replacement.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts announced today that it has acquired the online class company Creativebug.
It took one message from maker Jewell Washington and a year of work for Our Maker Life (OML) to grow into a movement with about 40,000 followers.
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.
Craft supplies are a $44 billion industry and two big players in the market, Michael’s and Etsy, have made recent moves to capitalize on that potential.
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?
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.
The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) announced that it will significantly increase teacher compensation in order to keep the conference pay competitive.
TV can be nerve wracking, but it is also a lot of fun. If you can stand up in front of a classroom you can be a guest on a TV show!
F+W has grown from a family-owned magazine publisher to an international force in the craft market. Here’s a history of the company, and how they did it.
On Wednesday Craftsy.com sent an email to its members of its affiliate program with news of changes to the affiliate marketing commission structure. Does this signal an overall shift in the kinds of supplies the company will carry?
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?
Tomorrow, October 1, Craftsy.com will unveil a redesign of their website as well as refreshed branding. See what the new site will look like and learn the motivation behind the redesign.
WhoPaysKnitters is a fast growing, crowd-sourced database where freelance knitters can submit pay rates and leave reviews of companies that commission work.
An open letter to the community from John Bolton, General Manager of Interweave. This letter apologizes for and announces corrections in favor of teachers.
The City Quilter, New York’s premier quilt shop, will be closing in October after nearly 20 years in business.
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.”
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.