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.
A knit/quilt/sew/craft-along means you have a group of people making the same thing at the same time—shared community around a shared process.
One way to protect your valuable business information before it falls into a competitor’s hands is through the careful use of non-disclosure agreements.
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.
With change occurring constantly, it is particularly challenging for artists to keep their businesses thriving. Evolving your craft business is key.
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.
Carrie Sundra created the SkeinMinder, an accessory to the small motorized tabletop winders many small dyers use to create their sellable hanks.
Owning a handmade business can be a wild ride. Just ask Angela Smith, owner of the Houston, Texas-based tool and supply business Purl & Loop.
Learn the power of podcasting to boost your creative business. In this webinar Kara Gott Warner will show you how to identify podcasts that align with your brand, and etiquette for pitching yourself to get on a show.
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.
Not quite a planner, more than a journal, definitely not a calendar. The Bullet Journal® is a trendy combination of all those, but oh, so adaptable, with a cult-like following of devotees, from busy moms and college students to artists and professionals of all ages.
The story behind the creation and development of the adorable and useful sewing notion, the Binding Baby.
For modern makers, crowdfunding with Patreon is the modern version of a patron — they hope.
Join award-winning quilter Rebecca Bryan and Alissa Norton, a former video producer for Craftsy, for a webinar about the nuts and bolts of producing a top notch online video class.
Acquiring a sale costs money. Even if you’re pounding the pavement with “free” marketing, you’re spending your precious time that even money can’t buy back. Learn to use Facebook ads the RIGHT way once and for all. This session will be an amazing gift for your business.
Are you ready to reach a larger audience and generate a reliable source of revenue? Selling your work wholesale can grow your business in a huge way!
If your yarn store is successful, it makes sense to capitalize on that and develop your own yarn line, right? Or does it? Read about the pros and cons here.
What’s it take to develop a successful product line? Here are four actions that will help you design better products and boost your sales.
Shannon Okey created a Patreon project that could solve immediate problems and hopefully problems for myself and other knitwear designers long term.
Spoonflower isn’t just for fabric. Find out how creative entrepreneurs are using Spoonflower’s wallpaper and gift wrap printing services to craft their small businesses.