Free Spirit Fabrics will be shut down by parent company Coats. In a letter sent to designers today Stephanie Leichtweis, who became president of North American Crafts at Coats in October, stated, “We have worked diligently for the past few years to make this a successful part of the Coats Craft business here in North America. But I am sorry to say that, despite our best efforts, we have continued to struggle with an inherent weakness in the business model and have not been able to demonstrate a profit.” The letter goes on to say, “We will not be producing new Westminster or FreeSpirit Fabrics from today onwards.”
Handmade marketplace Etsy is neglecting programs other than the core Etsy.com marketplace and sellers are feeling the effects. Some of these programs, like Etsy Wholesale, were established years ago and serve thousands of sellers, while others, like Etsy Studio, were launched more recently and haven’t yet built momentum. Now, they seem to be abandoned.
The board of directors of F+W Media has ousted the company’s top leadership. A letter to staff sent out this morning stated that CEO Tom Beusse, COO Joe Siebert, and CTO Joe Romello are no longer with the company. The board has appointed Greg Osberg as interim CEO.
The home sewing industry is sorely lacking in good longitudinal data. The Association for Creative Industries does a survey every few years about the crafts industry as a whole, and Quilts, Inc. does the same for quilting but granular data about the sewing pattern market is very hard to come by. This makes it hard to know how the industry is changing.
Those of us who are involved in the sewing community know that over the past 10-15 years independent sewing pattern designers have poured onto the scene, many of them creating thriving businesses with lots of momentum. This year, I think we’re seeing hard evidence of their impact on the industry for the first time.
The ability to express your vision is essential. However, there are some common pitfalls that can trip up newbie designers that you can avoid.
Brick-and-mortar retailers are a cornerstone of the craft industry, but the retail environment is going through drastic changes right now. In this panel discussion three brick-and-mortar craft shop owners will give us an honest picture of the challenges and opportunities they’re currently facing, and how designers and suppliers fit into the retail picture.
Jennifer Perkins hosts weekly Facebook Live videos for the DIY Network and HGTV. Hear how she got that gig!
Before even launching her sewing pattern business, Erin Weisbart was asked to appear on a PBS sewing program. How did it happen? Erin tells us how she got that gig.
Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.
In a letter signed by CEO John Levisay and sent to instructors yesterday Craftsy announced that it will go to a subscription payment model beginning in 2018.
Many vendors at ACRE 2017 in Las Vegas were disappointed by the turnout after Emerald Expositions took the helm.
Ravelry turns 10 this year. How has the knitting social network shaped the opportunities of yarn entrepreneurs?
Comcast NBCUniversa has purchased a majority ownership share in he online learning and ecommerce platform, Craftsy.com. In announcement today on the Craftsy website CEO John Levisay wrote, “I’m absolutely thrilled at this outcome. It will provide us tremendous resources and a massive distribution platform to further pursue our vision of becoming an iconic brand in the makerspace via ‘edutainment’, classes and supplies.”
In sharing the story of how the WEFTY Needle was developed I want to encourage you to pursue your own product development ideas and help you plan ahead.
Effective tomorrow Chad Dickerson will be stepping down as the CEO of Etsy. Josh Silverman, formerly of American Express, Skype, and Evite, will be his replacement.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts announced today that it has acquired the online class company Creativebug.
It took one message from maker Jewell Washington and a year of work for Our Maker Life (OML) to grow into a movement with about 40,000 followers.
In a move that may appear to be a technological step backward to some, Craftsy will soon be releasing a selection of classes as DVDs.
Craft supplies are a $44 billion industry and two big players in the market, Michael’s and Etsy, have made recent moves to capitalize on that potential.
Over 1 million people took a class at a Michaels store last year. Michaels is the nation’s largest art and craft retailer and customers can take classes in painting, drawing, scrapbooking, cake decorating, knitting, and crochet at their local stores. But what is it like to teach those classes?