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Updated 21 August 2017

Unfortunately as you can probably guess, this blog is no longer actively managed, however I have left the blog view-able as it still contains some very useful information for the crafting community.  However, as you know businesses come and go and information on-line is forever changing so I can not guarantee how correct the data and links are now. 

Some background

The Crafty Network (TCN) started off as a Facebook Business Page & Blog that aimed to be an informative and useful place to Showcase Handmade Crafts. We provided support, networking and promotional opportunities for all handmade crafters, suppliers of craft materials and event organisers.

TCN was established in May 2011 on Facebook and had over 5000 fans, we had a presence on Twitter and on Pinterest too (which still exists), so this blog was a natural progression in helping the crafting community showcase their work.  However due to changes to Facebook algorithms over time and the difficulty in getting posts viewed by all our fans, we no longer felt that a Facebook business page was viable and the Business Page closed in June 2014.  We did however start a Facebook Group Page called The Crafty Network VIP’s, which is still going today (Click HERE to view Group).

These features on the Blog can be found via menu options across the top:

  • Free Craft Directory ~  ‘Craft Directory’ a place to advertise your business for free and help people find your products and services much easier.
  • Events Calendar & Tips ~  Includes a Directory of Craft Event organisers around the country and a Calendar of planned events.  There is also a useful hints & tips area for selling at craft fairs, as well as details about Public & Product Liability Insurance providers and business’s that offer workshops and courses.
  • Selling Your Crafts ~ If you are looking for ideas or places to sell your Crafts? Visit this section to find lots of options for you to consider as well as a list of Networking pages on Facebook that help you network and promote your items. You will also find a section about Selling Rules & Regulations.
  • TCN Craft Challenges ~ We used to do a monthly craft challenge, here you can find information about past challenges and the winners.
  • This Crafty Business ~ includes business services, Crafty Help Q&A’s, discussion topics and other business features.
  • Tutorials ~ this section includes other crafters who offer tutorials via their blogs or websites.

Thank you.

Linda x

Email: thecraftynetwork@gmail.com

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20 responses to “About

  1. Alison Willcocks

    February 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Hello Linda
    I would like my blog to be included on the ‘Craft Directory’ please. How should I go about this? My blog URL is http://fiddlyfingers.blogspot.com/

     
  2. Sarah Collins

    February 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Hi,
    I have just started making fabric crafts and gifts. I would love to get some labels made that I can sew into my crafts, do you know where I can find these?
    Regards
    Sarah

     
    • The Crafty Network

      February 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Hi, Sorry I don’t know where you can buy fabric labels, but have you considered making your own? I remembered seeing a post a while back about DIY labels so I’ve just been to find it for you. Take a look at this Blog Post it might inspire you. http://showtellshare.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-clothing-tagslabels.html. If you still want to buy labels I will ask my friend if she knows of anywhere. Let me know. Thanks. Linda x

       
    • Gaynor

      July 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Hi

      We are a label manufacturer producing self adhesive labels and stickers, either printed or plain. We can supply a wide variety
      of labels and stickers and as we handle all artwork in our own studio, producing our own printing plates, we are confident that
      we are able to supply you with a competitive price.

      We currently supply to some of the major brand names along with smaller local businesses and have the ability to produce both
      large and small orders.

      Our product range includes a variety of materials, finishes and adhesives to suit all sorts of requirements. In addition we have a
      large range of stock items including warning labels, hazard labels, price stickers, plain, coloured etc. Print can be full colour or up
      to 6 spot colours with UV varnish if required. We can reproduce your own artwork, or we are happy to help with new designs.

      Should you have any requirements now, or in the future, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly team on

      T: 01606 42808 or E: sales@cheshirelabels.co.uk

      Kind regards Gaynor

      There is more detailed information on our website from the link below.
      http://www.cheshire-labels.co.uk

      Thanks for taking time to read this email.

       
  3. Jane Aldridge

    March 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I would love to be added to your listings. I’m a papercrafting and beading supplies retailer – online at http://www.aldridgecrafts.co.uk and opening a shop in Attleborough, Norfolk. I also have a blog http://janealdridge.blogspot.co.uk/ too! thank you! Jane

     
    • The Crafty Network

      March 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks for getting in touch Jane, I have now included your business in the Craft Supplies list. Regards. Linda x

       
  4. Jane Aldridge

    March 23, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    that’s great – thank you!

     
  5. made.in.transylvania

    June 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    hello there, im trying to get my craft blog up and going at the moment. its designed to promote romanian artisans and craft makers internationally.
    does your blog deal with craft blogs from all over the world?

     
    • The Crafty Network

      June 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Hello, I am sorry we currently only list and feature small businesses based in the UK, although occasionally we do list businesses from other countries, but they must make or supply handcrafted items. We don’t promote just other craft blogs at the moment, they have to at least have a Facebook business page or an on-line e-market presence from which they sell items. So at the moment I am sorry I cannot help you but I do wish you success with your Blog. Linda x

       
  6. Teresa

    June 16, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hello I would love to be included in your Craft Directory. I make unique bags, and mobile phone cases, ipod and laptop cases http://www.craftybags.folksy.com
    http://www.craftybags.blogspot.com

     
    • The Crafty Network

      June 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Teresa, Many thanks for getting in touch, I have now added you to The directory for Bags etc. If you ever need to make any changes then please get in touch. Thanks. Linda x

       
  7. wendy

    June 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Hi Linda, I can’t find your email address anywhere! Can you drop me a quick line?

     
  8. Eirawen

    July 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Hello I would like to be included in your Craft Directory. I make a variety of things from hats, jewellery and women’s accessories in crochet.

    http://folksy.com/shops/eirawen

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/EirawenHandmade

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eirawen/327452903937623

    http://www.eirawen.com Thank you

     
    • The Crafty Network

      July 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Hi, Thanks for getting in touch, I have now added you to 2 Directories on the Blog, The Jewellery section and the Hats & Accessories section. I hope this is OK, any changes etc you would like to make at anytime please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thanks. Linda x

       
  9. Helen

    July 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Hello, I would like to be included in the candles, soaps and toiletries directory please. I make natural skincare, toiletries and eco soy wax candles, all handmade in Cornwall. The website is http://www.kernowspa.co.uk and email is sales@kernowspa.co.uk
    Thank you ever so much 🙂

     
    • The Crafty Network

      July 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Helen, I have now added you to that Directory, if you ever need any changes making please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks. Linda x

       
  10. Angela

    January 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hello, I would like to be added to your directory. I make beautiful handmade and bespoke jewellery. My Etsy shop is: http://www.serendipityfinch.etsy.com. My blog is http://www.serendipityjewellerybyfinch.blogspot.com. My facebook is http://www.facebook.com/serendipityjewellerybyfinch

     
    • The Crafty Network

      March 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Many apologies for the delay in replying to you. I have now added your details to our Jewellery Directory. Thanks. Linda x

       
  11. A Rose Designs

    April 25, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Hi Linda,

    I was wondering if I could get myself in your craft directory, I make and sell handmade jewellery from beads and chainmaille, I follow you on facebook with both my personal and business page.

    Thanks
    Adrian Spencer
    A Rose Designs

     

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