Show Report: Creativation 2020

Creativation 2020 took place this past weekend in Phoenix. The Association for Creative Industries’ trade show brings together craft businesses from all around the US and the world. Stacey Trock was there and has this report.

Yarn Industry News Update: January 2020

Catch up on what’s happening in the yarn industry including increased fragmentation, boycott lists, ‘craft dabbling’ and fundraisers for Australia in our latest yarn industry news update from Stacey Trock.

Craft Industry Trends for 2020

Studying industry trends can help you make informed choices for your business and improve your product offerings. Explore where our industry is headed, and dive into the trends for 2020 that are shaping the craft industry.

11 Charities That Need Your Handmade Goods and Craft Supplies

For many crafters giving a handmade item to charity, whether it’s a knit hat, a quilt, or a baby blanket, is a way to show how much you care for others. If you enjoy crafting for charity, we’ve rounded up 11 charities that need your handmade goods and craft supplies.

Behind the Scenes with “Craft in America: QUILTS”

Being in a PBS documentary like “Craft in America: QUILTS” is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Read behind the scenes experiences from several quilters featured in the episode before it airs on PBS.

Strength in Adaptability: Thimble Fingers Sewing Studio in Houston, Texas

The floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey stopped about three blocks from Thimble Fingers Sewing Studio, in Houston, Texas, in the summer of 2017. And though the shop itself endured the storm without damage, the neighborhood it’s part of did not. But owner Sherry Reese has been remarkably adaptable.

A Handcrafted Decade: Industry Highlights from 2009-2019

As we prepare for 2020, we’re looking back over the decade and remembering craft industry highs and lows. The past ten years have seen rapid changes in technology and culture, many of which impacted craft business owners. Here’s a recap of some of the biggest moments in the craft world this decade.

COPPA for Crafty YouTubers: What You Need to Know

A new YouTube settlement with the FTC could have major implications for craft business channels if they don’t comply with marking their channels as “child directed.” Find out how COPPA may impact your YouTube channel.

News Roundup from the Scrapbook Industry: Winter 2019

The scrapbooking industry is always dynamic with new products being released, mergers and acquisitions, and the intellectual property questions that arise. Nancy Nally of Scrapbook Update brings us up to to date on the latest news this winter.

Michaels CEO Believes the Tough Times Will Pay Off

Is Michaels’ new strategy of focusing on core makers paying off? Michaels Stores Inc. saw sales decline again in the third quarter of 2019 and downgraded its overall outlook for the year. And yet the company reported progress on its e-commerce and community initiatives.

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