Sew Fine Thread Gloss Fills a Hole in the Sewing Market

This month, Jenn McMillan is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of her company Sew Fine Thread Gloss, proving that a little help from your friends can go a long way in growing a business. The company offers beeswax-based thread conditioners that help avoid thread snags, frays, and tangles when doing any kind of handwork. Jenn’s goal is simple: help make hand-sewing a more enjoyable process.

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How to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral, In Your 2019 Products

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute looks at the film and entertainment industry, art collections and new artists, fashion, design, travel, new technologies, and materials, as well as socio-economic conditions to establish the Color of the Year. 2019’s Living Coral is a lively orange hue with a strong pink undertone; the warmth of Living Coral speaks to a yearning to connect socially in meaningful ways but through digital tools.

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Bluprint Sends Out Instructor Survey Intended to Improve Communication

Bluprint CEO John Levisay sent out a survey to instructors yesterday with questions intended to learn more about their impressions of the company and goals for working together in the future. The survey was accompanied by a letter from Levisay that acknowledged the company’s shortcomings in instructor communication over the past year, as well as the drop in revenue many instructors have experienced since the move to a subscription model and the NBCUniversal buyout.

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Spoonflower to Offer Small Business Grants

Spoonflower, the Durham, North Carolina-based print-on-demand fabric company, has announced a new grant program for small businesses. Are you getting ready to launch, or do have a new product in mind? Are you preparing for a craft fair or big event? A Spoonflower small business grant will get you a $1,000 credit to use for custom fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap to help make your dream a reality.

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Craftsy to Greatly Reduce the Number of Patterns and Pattern Sellers on Its Platform in 2019

Online class and supplies platform, Craftsy.com, alerted pattern designers yesterday that it plans to reduce the size of its pattern marketplace as part of a revamp coming in 2019. According to the FAQ document linked to in the email, the Craftsy team reviewed 220,000 patterns from 12,000 shops leading up to yesterday’s notice. 

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