Textile Artist Gets Residency in Senegal

Heather Jones, who uses textiles as other artists use paint to create bold contemporary work, is one of 16 artists selected as the first artists-in-residence at Black Rock Senegal, a new artist’s retreat in Senegal, West Africa.

What is h+h Cologne and Is It Right for Your Business?

Traveling overseas to attend a trade show is a big investment of both time and financial resources, but the payoff can be big. If you’re going to go abroad in search of unique products to source for your retail shop or to make connections with European buyers, h+h Cologne is likely your best bet.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Instagram Profile Link

On Instagram, it is not easy, or even sometimes possible, to link your photos to content off of the app. There are only a handful of ways to provide a link to your followers to view something on your website or shop. Here’s how to get the most out of your Instagram profile link.

Indiesew Makes an Impact Among Today’s Garment Sewists

Indiesew is an online marketplace and gathering spot for modern garment sewists. Founder Allie Olson has developed a smart business model that allows for users to share their makes, shop for patterns and fabric, and delve deeper into the hobby they love.

Etsy Design Awards Finalists Announced

An eclectic list of 160 finalists for the Etsy Design Awards debuted August 2nd, moving finalists one step closer to Etsy’s $15,000 grand prize.

Long Thread Media Buys Spin Off, PieceWork, and Handwoven

Linda Ligon, John Bolton, and Anne Merrow have come together to buy Spin Off, PieceWork, and Handwoven magazines and related material from Peak Media Properties. The new company is called Long Thread Media LLC and is based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

‘Blown Away’ Brings Glassblowing Reality Competition to Netflix

Blown Away, Netflix’s new original series, is bringing craft artistry back to the reality tv stage. The first season debuted on Netflix on July 12th, highlighting ten master artists, who complete glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win a $60,000 prize.

Yarn Industry News Update

The yarn industry continued to see a lot of action in the second quarter of 2019. Stacey Trock brings us this report on the latest news from this sector of the industry.

The Slow Decline of Nancy’s Notions

Nancy’s Notions recently announced the closure of its retail store in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. This longtime shopper says she’s saddened, but not surprised given the brand’s decline over the past few years.

Why Etsy’s New Free Shipping Policy is Good for Your Business

Etsy announced today that free shipping will soon become a core part of the shopping experience. “By making free shipping the norm on Etsy, rather than the exception, we’ll connect more people with items that they love,” CEO Josh Silverman stated in a press release. Here’s why this policy might be a good thing for your business.

How to Successfully Sell Your Designs on Spoonflower

Spoonflower is a print-on-demand service that allows you to create your own design, upload it, and print it on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. Designers have the option to sell their unique surface patterns on the Spoonflower Marketplace and receive a small percentage of each sale. The key to selling anything online is getting found and the same is true of the Spoonflower Marketplace. Use the tips to optimize your listings so that you can make the most of this platform.

Hello Bargello is Reviving a Bygone Craft for Today’s Maker

Bargello was a craft that was big in the 70’s, but then fell out of favor and for the past few decades it’s been essentially forgotten. At least until recently when Brett Bara of the hip retail store and workshop space, Brooklyn Craft Company, stumbled upon a pile of Bargello books at The Strand, a used bookstore in the East Village, and became obsessed with bringing it back. Her new brand, Hello Bargello, is dedicated to making Bargello the next hot crafting trend.

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