Aurifil Takes Step to Offset Plastic Waste By Partnering with The Plastic Bank

At the end of January the Italian premium thread brand, Aurifil, announced a partnership with The Plastic Bank, a social enterprise based in Canada that aims to clean up plastic waste from the ocean while providing work opportunities for people living in poverty. Most weights of Aurifil threads currently come wound on plastic spools.

JOANN Invests in Glowforge, Bringing Laser Cutting to the Mainstream Crafter

Glowforge, the home laser cutter, is about to become available to many more crafters, including those who can’t afford the hefty price tag (the retail price is $4,000, twice what it was during the crowdfunding campaign) and don’t have a dedicated space to house it. At the end of December the nation’s largest fabric and craft retailer, JOANN, announced a significant investment in Glowforge. Here’s how some crafters are reacting to the news.

5 Elements of a Bestselling Pattern

Bestselling patterns frequently have elements in common. Working to include some, or all, of these in a pattern, can help it have a better shot at rising to top seller status.

Folkwear Patterns: Serving Generations of Sewists

Folkwear is one of the oldest independent sewing pattern companies. They publish global, historical, and vintage sewing patterns, often including extensive cultural history, textile information, and handwork embellishment instructions in their patterns.

Cozyblue Encourages Crafters to Slow Down, Get Cozy, and Get Crafty

When Liz Stiglets, owner of cozyblue, first launched her Etsy shop in 2007, she made every product by hand, whether it was knitting a hat, sewing a soft animal, or hand-stitching a wool felt crown. But she soon realized this type of work wasn’t sustainable creatively or financially.

The Power of Daily Practice

Along the journey of my daily art creation, I did a lot of things right, many of them by accident, but together these tools helped me start and maintain a daily practice.

Travel to Mexico For a Embroidery, Weaving, and Natural Dyeing Workshops

For many of us an ideal vacation involves not only traveling somewhere new, but also the opportunity to immerse ourselves in making. Stephanie Echeveste recently visited Oaxaca, Mexico to take a series of craft workshops. Here she describes the experience and provides information if you’d like to book a similar crafty trip of your own.

Snip, Cut, Clip: Scissors For All

You can be sure that there is at least one pair of beloved scissors behind every crafter, maker, and artist. Whether the art depends on scissors, like paper cutting, or they are simply an indispensable tool for getting work done, scissors feature prominently in the maker’s tool box. We take a look at the historical development of scissors and the wide variety that exist today.

Business Profile: The Unlikely Road of the Thread Cutterz

Vance Zahorski’s clever invention is a wearable ring with recessed blades for quickly and safely cutting thread or fishing line. In November of 2016 Zahorski was on the TV show Shark Tank where contestants pitch their product to real investors. Zahorski’s pitch was successful, and he secured an investment of $130,000 in exchange for a 30% stake in the company and that’s when Thread Cutterz really took off.

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