Behind the Scenes at The Great British Sewing Bee

While Stuart Hillard didn’t manage to make it to the final round of the Great British Sewing Bee, his bubbly personality showed through and he was described by the judges as the person who “brought the joy into sewing.”

Contextural: A Fibre Arts Cooperative

Missing the camaraderie of school, a group of recent graduates from the Alberta College of Art + Design started Contextural: A Fibre Arts Cooperative.

Sew Fine Thread Gloss Fills a Hole in the Sewing Market

This month, Jenn McMillan is celebrating the 1-year anniversary of her company Sew Fine Thread Gloss, proving that a little help from your friends can go a long way in growing a business. The company offers beeswax-based thread conditioners that help avoid thread snags, frays, and tangles when doing any kind of handwork. Jenn’s goal is simple: help make hand-sewing a more enjoyable process.

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.

Corporate Member Profile: Sulky

Craft Industry Alliance is excited to announce that Sulky has joined us as a corporate member. Sulky has a longstanding history in the sewing community and is best known for their rayon threads and stabilizers. The rayon threads and stabilizers are used most often for machine embroidery and quilting, but these make up only a portion of their products.

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.

Interview with ‘Making It’ Contestant Robert Mahar

“Nick and Amy — I came in as a fan, and I came out as a super fan. They couldn’t have been sweeter, and they set such a nice tone from the get-go. That level of kindness and collegiality really came from them. Since they didn’t have to judge us, they acted as advocates for us.”

Satsuma Street Attracts New Cross-Stitchers with Modern-Meets-Retro Designs

Jody Rice is the face behind Satsuma Street, a cross stitch design company that offers both digital PDFs and printed cross stitch patterns, as well as complete cross stitch kits. Rice’s tag line is “changing people’s minds about cross stitch since 2013,” and if you take a look at her modern colorful designs, you’ll see why!

Purl Soho: A True Gem of a Shop

It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon at Purl Soho. Cubbyhole shelves line the walls of the shop, stuffed to capacity with thousands of skeins of yarn, in every weight and color you can imagine. Martha Stewart Living touted Purl Soho, “the downtown Manhattan yarn store [that] helped make knitting a hobby as likely to be practiced by models killing time on shoots as by grandmas producing booties.” Founded in 2002 by Joelle Hoverson, Purl Soho debuted at the forefront of the contemporary craft movement, during an era where knitting think-pieces proclaimed that cozy was making a comeback, and knitting wasn’t just for grannies anymore.

JMF Woodcrafts Preserves Military Heritage While Expanding into Civilian Life

JMF Woodcrafts’ motto is “thinning the line between limitation and imagination” and focuses on building plaques, furniture, pens, engraved bourbon barrel lids, coin racks, and miscellaneous memorabilia. All of the products are made from Baltic birch, reclaimed timber, and Kentucky bourbon barrels.

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.

Low Poly Crafts Bring Dimension to DIY

The Canadian couple behind Low Poly Crafts is taking low poly art higher, creating 3D do-it-yourself kits that are fun, artistic, and relaxing to make.

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