Stitched Stories: An Embroidery Love Story

In the Beginning Debbie Hodge crocheted and sewed doll clothing as a child before venturing into cross stitching, fiction writing, photography, and scrapbooking in her later years. Before starting Stitched Stories, she wrote for and designed scrapbooking magazines while running her scrapbooking […]

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How ‘The Crafty Quinn’ Went from 30 to 5K YouTube Subscribers in One Year

The genesis of her craft journey is a result of the pandemic. Even though she came from an artistic family and dabbled with crafting over the years, she never thought it was good enough to share with others. In August 2020, Megan […]

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How DIY Crafts Help Child Development

When schools removed Arts and Crafts programs, a massive part of me was sad. Every Wednesday, I went into the cafeteria, chose a DIY project, and sat at the table, crafting for the next ninety minutes. It was my happy place.  Arts […]

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Hope Smitherman: From Child Crafter to Craft Seller

Hope Smitherman has always been excited by craft projects. She has memories of craft camps and supplies during her childhood years. Hope considers herself a jill-of-all-trades when it comes to creativity. She shares her craft journey, years as a blogger, how she […]

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Marketplace for Makers, Artists, and Artisans Come to Chicago’s Beverly Neighborhood

Like most entrepreneurs, Allison Papara’s frustration with the maker’s space turned into an opportunity to fill a void in the market. The lack of options for quality, unique, handmade goods piqued her curiosity about the handmade market.  Allison was a music lover […]

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Dear Crafters: It’s Time To Tell Your Story

Why Your Story Matters Your voice is powerful. There’s purpose to your story. The worst story is the one that’s never told. We crafters often fall into the bubble of spending tons of hours sourcing materials, gathering Pinterest ideas, watching how-to videos, […]

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