Brick-and-mortar retailers are a cornerstone of the craft industry, but the retail environment is going through drastic changes right now. In this panel discussion three brick-and-mortar craft shop owners will give us an honest picture of the challenges and opportunities they’re currently facing, and how designers and suppliers fit into the retail picture.
Jennifer Perkins hosts weekly Facebook Live videos for the DIY Network and HGTV. Hear how she got that gig!
Before even launching her sewing pattern business, Erin Weisbart was asked to appear on a PBS sewing program. How did it happen? Erin tells us how she got that gig.
Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.
In a letter signed by CEO John Levisay and sent to instructors yesterday Craftsy announced that it will go to a subscription payment model beginning in 2018.
Many vendors at ACRE 2017 in Las Vegas were disappointed by the turnout after Emerald Expositions took the helm.
Ravelry turns 10 this year. How has the knitting social network shaped the opportunities of yarn entrepreneurs?
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?