An emerging group of industrious sewists are now projecting patterns directly onto fabric eliminating the paper all together.
Many craft companies have stopped sending out catalogs in an effort to cut costs and due to environmental concerns, but others are ramping up this print strategy and including DIY inspirational content that reaches people directly in their homes.
Artisan retailers and craft shops are connecting with customers via virtual personal shopping appointments, amid temporary store closures due to COVID-19.
New art pop-ups and installations are wowing visitors and becoming Instagram sensations. This Spring in Dallas, Sweet Tooth Hotel opens Intangible, an immersive art installation featuring the work of seven fiber artists.
QuiltCon 2020 featured new leadership, engaging speakers, vendors, and the best of modern quilting. Read our show recap for a vendor and quilt show trend report, interviews with new MQG leaders, information about future QuiltCon events, and more.
Makers are crafting medical device covers that are fun and functional, pretty and sexy, blinged and personalized for everything from ostomy bags and PICC lines to slings, eye patches, even baby helmets.
Quilt designer and artist Andrea Tsang Jackson shares expert tips on how designers and crafters can incorporate Classic Blue, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2020, into their work. Discover ways to use this trending color in your craft business.
Trend forecasting experts to help us navigate what’s coming in the years ahead. Explore our guide to 40+ trend forecasting resources that will help your business stay ahead of the curve.
Studying industry trends can help you make informed choices for your business and improve your product offerings. Explore where our industry is headed, and dive into the trends for 2020 that are shaping the craft industry.
From records to skateboards, glass bottles to guitar strings, here’s a look at a handful of upcycling artisans who see function and beauty in recycled discards.
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.
Motivated by the desire to make their own costumes, cosplayers are buying sewing machines, patterns, fabrics and supplies and they’re taking classes to develop their sewing skills. The sewing industry is taking note, especially since cosplayers are typically between 18-39 years old, a market that retailers are desperate to reach.
The creative market in the European Union is nearly as big as the United States’, but with some very curious differences.
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.
Creative businesses benefit from keeping tabs on trends — it’s one way to stay ahead of the curve with your marketing efforts. Here’s what’s on deck in 2019.
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.
Each year, the Pantone Color Institute looks at the film and entertainment industry, art collections and new artists, fashion, design, travel, new technologies, and materials, as well as socio-economic conditions to establish the Color of the Year. 2019’s Living Coral is a lively orange hue with a strong pink undertone; the warmth of Living Coral speaks to a yearning to connect socially in meaningful ways but through digital tools.
Weaving rarely surfaces to the level of popular culture, but in the aughts it has fared well. Here are some of the trends that are bringing weaving to the fore.
Nancy Nally is the owner of Nally Studios and the publisher and editor of Scrapbook Update and Craft Critique, two websites focused on the scrapbooking industry. And avid scrapbooker for more than 20 years, Nancy has a keen interest in news and trends that affect the industry. This year she’s been bringing us quarterly reports on the scrapbooking industry. Check out her first one here. Today Nancy is back with her second update.
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.