crochet their names

crochet their names, cincinnati crochet craftivism project

Craft is a calming, meditative act for many of us. Working with yarn, especially, means working through knots and complex problems. Craft is also joyous and a communal act about creating something that wasn't there before, or fixing something that doesn't work anymore. The Black Lives Matter protests since George Floyd's murder have been in… Continue reading crochet their names

comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

After more than eight years, I've decided to close up my shop on Etsy. Lately I've just had more negative things to say about the service than positive, and I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was and move on. (I'll probably write something more about while I left later, but… Continue reading comparing e-commerce platforms for makers

grazing + finding creative inspiration

A consumer packaged goods expert recently divulged to me that she never, ever looks at her competition. That really took me by surprise, because I always over-research everything. (My local branch librarians know all about me and my extensive interlibrary loan requests.) Instead of looking at the competition, she told me, she examines parallels. What… Continue reading grazing + finding creative inspiration

san francisco crafty workshops!

My first adventure of 2013 (hopefully the first of many) is going to San Francisco for about a week in February and March. I love the Bay Area will take any excuse to spend time there. I'll be teaching some workshops at Makeshift Society, which I'm so stoked to finally check out. Here are the… Continue reading san francisco crafty workshops!

craft trends for 2013

Two years ago, my friend Paul and I created CRAFTSarethenewCRAFTS.com, an indie craft trend generator inspired by Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle. We decided to give the site a fresh update for 2013, with new craft trends and a new look. (Helvetica is so hot right now.) So if you're trying to figure out… Continue reading craft trends for 2013