Hear What Members Are Saying

“I get a lot out of my CIA membership. I find your webinars so useful — to improve how I market my business, and elevate the services I offer clients. I love the personal feel to CIA and enjoyed the face to face time on the coffee klatch I attended. From many different perspectives I value being a CIA member!”
Eileen McKenna

Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Eileen McKenna Graphic Design

“Craft Industry Alliance helps keep me informed about the inner workings of the industry. On my own, I’d only be working and making decisions based on my perspective and research. Through CIA, I get to see the craft industry from a range of viewpoints when I read the articles in the journal and postings in the forum or the Facebook group. This is because the Alliance is made up of large and small businesses across a broad sector of the craft industry. I contribute when I can, but honestly, though I come from a design/textile/fashion background, it’s quite an education for me.”

Olgalyn Jolly

Knitwear Designer, O! Jolly!

“I have to tell you that CIA has been the single greatest investment for my business so far. I’ve had work with Lucky Spool, Quilter’s Planner, Carole Lyles Shaw, Mainsail Studio, Fiber Art Now, and more, all from getting my name out there in the forums and the journal. I can’t thank you (Abby) and Kristin enough for how you support our industry.”
Lauren Lang

Copywriter, editor, Wordcraft

“The Craft Industry Alliance is what we need right now. Independent designers are stronger together; this platform will make it easier to join hands and raise our voices about the business issues facing us.”

Shannon Okey

Publisher, Cleveland Bazaar organizer, knitwear designer, Cooperative Press

“Kudos to Craft Industry Alliance for taking the bold step of creating a new organization that will provide accurate industry news and support the creative efforts of all industry professionals. With Kristin and Abby at the helm we are in good hands.”
Amy Marson

Publisher, C&T Publishing

“I joined CIA earlier this year as I was developing a new website and trying to grow my Quilting Pattern business and have found the current and archive posts so helpful. I have gleaned so much wisdom and advice from more experienced crafters and industry experts, and have put many of the hints, tips and suggestions into practice. It is wonderful too being able to have a place where I can ask a question and get an immediate and informed response. I am actively recommending the many benefits of CIA to my industry peers.”
Judith Hollies

Patchwork & Quilting tutor and pattern designer, Just Jude Designs

“The CIA resource library is a resource worth it’s cyber-weight in gold! I can find lists of wholesale suppliers, many on-line marketing tips, informal legal advise, and all sorts of checklists that are targeted specifically to the craft industry. The community is open and caring — and full of some of the most generous and business savvy people I’ve come across!”
Lyric Kinard

Artist, Author, Educator, Lyric Art

Craft Industry Alliance is a great way to keep up with what’s going on in the craft industry. I like reading their trade show reports — I’m always interested in what other businesses do for displays. It’s hard to find professional advice that feels applicable to my unique business, but Craft Industry Alliance has connected me with similar crafty business owners.

Katy Westcott

Knitting tool manufacturer, Katrinkles

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