Craft trends, pandemic pivoting, and creating a more diverse industry were among more than 25 seminars and discussions at the Creativation+ Featuring Art Materials World’s first virtual trade show.
The Modern Quilt Guild pivoted many months ago, making the decision to hold QuiltCon online. Taking place last weekend, 7,000 people registered for QuiltCon Together and it was a highly successful virtual event. Meg Cox brings us this report.
In this podcast interview, Tricia Brancolini-Foley, the Executive Director of Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh, talks about the evolution of that indie craft show including becoming a non-profit, working with the Pittsburgh arts community, and pivoting to a virtual show during COVID.
International Quilt Association, Host of World of Beauty Show at Quilt Festival in Houston, to Shut Down
The International Quilt Association, the non-profit that runs the World of Beauty quilt show at International Quilt Festival in Houston each November, announced today that it will be closing down due to low membership numbers and the impact of COVID-19.
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When TNNA closed down in April some shop owners were unsure whether Local Yarn Store Day would continue, but the good news is this beloved event will keep going, drawing customers into local yarn stores.
The Bead&Button Show and Magazine will close down permanently says owner Kalmbach Media. Declining attendance at the show, plus ad and sponsorship revenue, and the pandemic led to the decision.
When COVID-19 hit scrapbooking event organizers had to regroup, canceling the events they had planned and figuring out new models to reach their customers virtually.
Concerns about COVID-19 have caused craft industry event organizers to cancel shows throughout the spring and summer. Now, show cancelations are also being announced for the fall and winter season including Rhinebeck and the AQS shows.
Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, announced today that the company will be putting on a trade show for the yarn industry in May 2021, stepping to fill the void left by TNNA.
QuiltCon will be a virtual event in 2021 called QuiltCon Together due to concerns about hosting a large international event with COVID-19.
The handmade wholesale marketplace IndieMe will be hosting a virtual trade show June 3-9 so retailers can restock for summer and fall after COVID-19 closures.
With in-person craft fairs across the country facing cancellations, Renegade Craft offers a new online-only Virtual Fair.
When the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival announced it would be an online event this year, Shannon Okey of Cooperative Press decided to rerelease a book from the backlist, Doomsday Knits, and to her surprise sales took off.
Quilts, Inc. announced today that they’ve secured a funder and will be issuing full refunds to all vendors for the cancelled Spring Quilt Market show.
Quilts, Inc. notified exhibitors today that they will not be issuing refunds for Spring Quilt Market which was scheduled for May 15-17 in Pittsburgh, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
TNNA has decided to cancel its 2020 Summer Show due to concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and will alert member soon about possible refunds.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Studio Art Quilt Associates opted to convert their annual conference scheduled for March 19 to 22, 2020 in Toronto to a virtual conference and, although it was a challenge, the event was highly successful with aspects the organization hopes to carry forward into the future.
When Vogue Knitting LIVE in Seattle was canceled due to Coronavirus, sisters Alison Yates and Andrea Cull, founders of Knitrino, held what they dubbed the Virtual Knitting Extravaganza, which included livestreamed courses, lectures, and gatherings, along with a virtual marketplace that linked vendors’ online shops.
The international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies h+h Cologne has been postponed, citing health and safety concerns.