As a crafter myself, playing with thread, yarn, and fabric as well as wood and whatever I can get my hands on, I’m excited to be sharing the stories of other crafts about how they use the social web to tell their story, sell their handmade products, and connect with others.
We’ll be featuring professional and hobby crafters sharing tips and techniques on how they present their crafts online, from video tutorials to step-by-step instructions, pdf pattern files, and ebooks.
Some craft stores have volunteered to share their tips on how they connect with customers around the world in an industry that used to only serve local neighborhoods.
We’ll be looking at some of the fantastic craft communities around the web, some with thousands of members sharing their passion for their craft.
We’ve found podcasts, both audio and video, on knitting, sewing, arts and crafts, the business of crafts and handmade things, rubber stamping, scrapbooking…I never thought I’d find a podcast on some of these subjects!
We’ll have tips for crafters and craft businesses on why blog, how to get a blog started, how to integrate a blog into their store site, community building tips, and how to make Facebook, Twitter, and other social web services work for them, connecting to their customers and fans, and to even more beyond.If you are a crafty blogger or fan of a craft online community, WordCast is looking for your stories, tips, techniques, and advice. If you are a craft professional, we are looking for your advice on how you use the social web to reach your customers.
If you are in the Washington State area March 3-6, 2011, register now for one of the two sessions on “Simple Social Media for Crafters” with Tammie Bowser of Mosaic Quilt Studio and Software and myself at Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington, on Friday and Sunday, both from 8:30-9:15 am. These typically sell out, so register as soon as possible to guarantee a seat. We’ve be sharing a lot of our own expertise as well as what we’ve learned from the WordCast Craft Blogging Month.
Check the WordCast announcement about February Craft Month for more information and help other crafters learn more about how they can make the social web work for them.
Full Crafty Disclosure
While I was creative growing up, photographing, writing, singing, collecting, acting, making marbled paper, and playing with paper and textiles in general, when my husband and I hit the road full-time in our trailer in 1996, I decided I would try a variety of hobbies to see which one most appealed to me. I would try each one for six months, giving it a full trial. I had learned recently how to tat, a 17th century lace making technique, from my husband’s grandmother, so it was natural to want to do more than make doilies. I learned how to quilt to put tatting on quilts. That lead to sewing clothes, clay and pottery, cooking, crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, doll making, and much more.
Some day I hope to create a craft blog where I can share all the cool things I’ve made over the years, though I tend to give them away as soon as they are done. Along the way, I’m thrilled to be helping crafters learn more about web publishing, writing, and the social web.
Until I have my own craft blog, I’m going to show off some of my handmade goodies. Forgive the indulgence.