This year, for the first time, Ravelry has hired a Product Designer to improve the look and user experience of the fiber-focused social network. With sit down with their new hire, Livia Nelson, to find out what she’s focusing on.
Amid shipping policy changes, a new consolidated ad platform and a surprising acquisition, Etsy and its CEO are feeling optimistic.
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.
F+W Media International has undergone a management buyout and is reorganizing under the name David & Charles.
We sit down with the founder of Zibbet, Jonathan Peacock, to discuss his new partnership with A.C. Moore and the launch of the A.C. Moore Marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
What do the Tour de France and Fleece have in common? They both involve spinning! Use these tips to drive sales during this special event.
Nancy Nally brings us quarterly news roundup on the latest from the scrapbooking industry including information on legal cases, mergers and acquisitions, new collaborations, and more. Here’s what’s been unfolding in the spring and early summer months.
The arts and crafts chain A.C. Moore is launching its own online marketplace for artists and makers. The company made a major investment in Etsy rival Zibbet in November of 2017 and is now working with Zibbet to create this new platform.
In a bold move today, the knitting and crochet social network Ravelry has banned posts that support president Donald Trump and his administration.
The craft store giant blames the drop in sales on closing Pat Catan’s and Aaron Brothers stores. Michaels’ new CEO is pushing e-commerce and concerned about ongoing tariff disputes with China.
It’s Christmas all year round for The Ornament Girl, Staci Ann Lowry, who turned an old-fashioned hobby into a business creating handmade, no-sew, fabric-covered ornaments.
Who makes the quilts you see on tv? This is a question Lindsey Rhodes had often asked herself whenever she spied a beautiful quilt in the background of her favorite shows. A quilter can recognize fabrics and block patterns and know when something is not mass-produced. Lindsey came to discover the answer to her question in a serendipitous moment! Seven of her quilts were recently bought to be set dressing on Season 3 of the Netflix series Ozark.
According to a bankruptcy court filing made this morning, F+W Books has been sold to Penguin Random House. The amount of the sale was not disclosed.
The video on demand crafts and lifestyle channel, Bluprint, alerted instructors yesterday to a yearlong backlog of customer questions posted to their classes. These questions were, until now, inaccessible by the instructors many of whom now have a queue of thousands.
In a step towards embracing the gig economy, craft chain Michaels has revamped its in-store classes turning instructors into freelancers responsible for designing, pricing, and marketing their own workshops. The new Community Classroom program, which rolled out to 1,258 Michaels stores nationwide in March, allows any creative person to pitch to teach at their local Michaels store.
In the wake of h + h 2019, the biggest trade craft fair for the German market, the German industry association, Initiative Handarbeiten, has published a review of the German craft market over the last 5 years.
The yarn industry appears to be in the midst of industry-wide consolidation, with this quarter seeing even more acquisitions/mergers. Diversity in the industry and concerns over the inclusion of knitters/crocheters of all races, religions, genders, ages, sizes and socio-economic statuses has been the largest topic of discussion this quarter. Although the topic has simmered for years (decades?), the popular discussion began on Instagram in February and began on Instagram before moving to other social media networks and live events. Here’s a roundup of the latest news.