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.

Craft Industry Fears Major Fallout from New Tariff Activity

Recently imposed 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods includes a large quantity of craft supplies, such as cotton fabric. Craft-industry businesses now have to contend with the likelihood of a price increase soon on supplies imported from China.

For P&B Textiles, an Acquisition Leads to a Hopeful Future

In February, the Odessas sold General Fabrics to Brand & Oppenheimer, another Rhode Island-based textile company. The sale has given their family business a fresh start right when they needed it and now the company is poised for growth for the first time in years.

Etsy Shuts Down Etsy Wholesale

Etsy announced today that it will be shutting down Etsy Wholesale effective July 31, 2018. “While the original promise of Etsy Wholesale was exciting and some sellers have had great success on the platform, what we’ve learned over the past several years is that demand for wholesale from buyers hasn’t been as strong as we hoped,” the announcement read.

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.

Recorded Webinar: Take a Peek into Retail Life with Three Brick-and-Mortar Craft Shop Owners

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.

Selling Handmade Crafts in Museum Stores

Museum store buyers constantly scout new artisans whose work complements their museums’ missions. Here’s how to get your work into a museum shop.

Recorded Webinar: Facebook Ads the Right Way

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.

Distributors for Your Craft Product

A list of distributors for selling your craft product. A great resource if you’re working to reach a wider audience and more buyers!

How to Ship Like a Pro

A list of shipping tips and resources for creative businesses, to help your packages ship seamlessly and arrive beautifully packaged and ready to charm!

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