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Choosing a Laser-Cutting Service

A round-up of laser-cutting services for quilting templates, acrylic rulers, or tags and other unique products to promote your business along with tips for working with laser cutting services.

Buying and Wearing African Wax Prints: An Exploration

African wax prints are fabrics with a complex and nuanced history and, although they’re trending on the fashion runways, some consumers question whether wearing these garments is cultural appropriation.

How Offering Gift Cards Can Grow Your Sales This Holiday Season

Selling gift cards can help you boost your holiday sales. They’re the ideal last-minute gift and shoppers with a gift card tend to spend more than they would have otherwise. Read these tips to add gift cards to your product mix this year.

How to Successfully Sell Your Designs on Spoonflower

Spoonflower is a print-on-demand service that allows you to create your own design, upload it, and print it on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. Designers have the option to sell their unique surface patterns on the Spoonflower Marketplace and receive a small percentage of each sale. The key to selling anything online is getting found and the same is true of the Spoonflower Marketplace. Use the tips to optimize your listings so that you can make the most of this platform.

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.

RJR Enforces MAP Pricing for Cotton+Steel; Retailers React

Fabric company RJR sent an email to retailers notifying them of a minimum advertised pricing (MAP) policy that will go into effect for Cotton+Steel on December 1, 2018. The policy limits the ability of retailers to advertise prices below a certain level.

Joann+ Program Offers Bulk Discounts to Small Businesses

Does your small business need to order a lot of fabric on a regular basis? If you’re running sewing school, small batch production studio, costume shop, or another sort of business that requires many yards of fabric come through your doors month after month, a bulk discount program could dramatically reduce your costs.

JOANN+ is a new business-to-business initiative from JOANN that aims to help small businesses, organizations, and solo entrepreneurs.

Craft Trend Report From Darice

Craft Industry Alliance is excited to have Darice join us as a corporate member. Darice is a premier manufacturer and wholesale distributor to the crafts industry that carries more than 45,000 products.

The Big List of Fabric Manufacturers

Whether you’re starting an online fabric shop, launching your own line of garments, preparing for a large class of quilters, or planning for a big sewing giveaway, there may come a time when you need to reach out to fabric manufacturers. Here’s the big list of fabric manufacturers with contact information.

A Look at the International Yarn Market

Ravelry and Instagram enable knitters to connect with like-minded folks from across the globe and get inspired by projects outside their immediate circle. Together they’re having an lasting impact on yarn shops in Europe.

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