Jonah Larson is Hooked on Crochet and Doing Good

CBS News has referred to him as “an 11-year-old with a grandmother’s soul” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has referred to him as “a prodigy.” He’s appeared on “Good Morning, America” and had so many media requests that he actually had to decline appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” But somehow, when we sent Jonah Larson a message to his Instagram account (@JonahHands) last week, he found time and was willing to answer questions about his crocheting and his business experiences for Craft Industry Alliance.

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F+W Media Files for Bankruptcy

F+W Media, the major craft publisher, has filed for bankruptcy. In the filing, CEO Gregory Osberg cites the decade long decline in the market for print magazines as a contributing factor. Since 2015, for example, the company’s subscribers have decreased from approximately 33.4 million to 21.5 million and the company’s advertising revenue has decreased from $20.7 million to $13.7 million. But that’s not the whole story.

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10 Artists Who Are Doing an Awesome Job with Video on Instagram

The Instagram algorithm makes it tricky to consistently connect with your audience. In an attempt to create more engaging posts, many brands are developing video content to use on social media. Video gives you the opportunity to tell more in-depth stories than a single image, and customers love to see it: 87% of consumers say they’d like to see more video from brands in 2019.

Video can be a great way to stop your followers in their tracks as they scroll through Instagram — you can post .mp4 format videos that are anywhere from 3-60 seconds long to showcase your work or creative process in a new way. To inspire you to create more video content for your own feed, here are ten artists and makers who use video on Instagram to boost engagement from their audience. Check them out!

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How to Help Etsy Customers Download Their Digital Files

Digital files are a popular product to sell on Etsy. They’re a terrific source of passive income, meaning you do the work to design and create the file once and then sell it infinitely, even while you sleep. Still, passive income is never really passive. Customers often need help and support, especially when it comes to figuring out how to download their digital file after purchase. Here are some helpful tips to make the process smoother for everyone.

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Show Report: QuiltCon 2019

The torrential rains that washed out roads and closed schools in Nashville, TN could not dampen the enthusiasm of visitors to QuiltCon 2019 at the Music City Center from February 21 – 24. Arriving at the airport, you could already pick up on the excitement, as friends met up for their weekend of fiber fun. Even strangers could recognize fellow quilters among the crush of travelers. Tina Curran was there and brings us this report.

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