RSVP Webinar: Creating and Nurturing a Facebook Group for Your Business with Ebony Love

The landscape of social media is changing, and Facebook’s new focus on fostering relationships and community means that having a Business Page is no longer enough to get noticed and heard. Learn how you can use the power of Facebook Groups to create unforgettable experiences for a captive audience that will generate cash and build […]

Free Spirit Fabrics to Be Shut Down by Coats Effective Immediately

Free Spirit Fabrics will be shut down by parent company Coats. In a letter sent to designers today Stephanie Leichtweis, who became president of North American Crafts at Coats in October, stated, “We have worked diligently for the past few years to make this a successful part of the Coats Craft business here in North America.  But I am sorry to say that, despite our best efforts, we have continued to struggle with an inherent weakness in the business model and have not been able to demonstrate a profit.” The letter goes on to say, “We will not be producing new Westminster or FreeSpirit Fabrics from today onwards.”

Etsy Neglects Established Programs While Tightening Focus on Core Marketplace

Handmade marketplace Etsy is neglecting programs other than the core marketplace and sellers are feeling the effects. Some of these programs, like Etsy Wholesale, were established years ago and serve thousands of sellers, while others, like Etsy Studio, were launched more recently and haven’t yet built momentum. Now, they seem to be abandoned.

Travel to Mexico For a Embroidery, Weaving, and Natural Dyeing Workshops

For many of us an ideal vacation involves not only traveling somewhere new, but also the opportunity to immerse ourselves in making. Stephanie Echeveste recently visited Oaxaca, Mexico to take a series of craft workshops. Here she describes the experience and provides information if you’d like to book a similar crafty trip of your own.

F+W Media Ousts Top Executives in Effort to Accelerate Digital Growth

The board of directors of F+W Media has ousted the company’s top leadership. A letter to staff sent out this morning stated that CEO Tom Beusse, COO Joe Siebert, and CTO Joe Romello are no longer with the company. The board has appointed Greg Osberg as interim CEO.

Midwest Craft Con Offers Makers Opportunities for Growth and Connection

Midwest Craft Con is a craft and business conference offering workshops, speakers, and networking for creative business owners of all stripes. Now in its third year, the event will take place February 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio. Keynote speakers include knitter and television host Vickie Howell, the Crafty Chica Kathy Cano Murillo, and cartoonist and pub parent Gemma Correll.

Celebrating 2017

2017 has been an exciting year for Craft Industry Alliance and today, as the year draws to a close, we wanted to look back at some of the highlights.

McCall’s Simplicity Merger Points to the Market Impact of Independent Sewing Pattern Companies

The home sewing industry is sorely lacking in good longitudinal data. The Association for Creative Industries does a survey every few years about the crafts industry as a whole, and Quilts, Inc. does the same for quilting but granular data about the sewing pattern market is very hard to come by. This makes it hard to know how the industry is changing.

Those of us who are involved in the sewing community know that over the past 10-15 years independent sewing pattern designers have poured onto the scene, many of them creating thriving businesses with lots of momentum. This year, I think we’re seeing hard evidence of their impact on the industry for the first time.

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!

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