Handmade Crafternoon with Kelly Rand

We kicked off our Handmade Crafternoon Fall Series 2012 with an informative session led by Kelly Rand (pictured below), co-founder of HelloCraft and author of Handmade to Sell, a new guidebook on how to build your craft business.

Kelly had lots of great advice for our attendees, and our crew had smart questions for Kelly. If you are thinking about turning your craft hobby into a business, check out Kelly’s book.

We also had the pleasure of hearing from Kristin McDonough, the Director of the Science, Business and Industry Library on 34th and 5th. Her branch offers amazing resources to entrepreneurs. They provide everything from one-on-one counseling with successful business people to free meeting spaces. The NYPL system is such an incredible resource for the greater New York community, and I’m always so impressed by the specialized services the libraries offer.

We got down to crafting, making felt wallets and business card holders designed by my own amazing co-host Jessica Pigza.

She created a basic pattern (pictured on the photocopy below) that was totally customizable. I documented just a few of the amazing pieces our crafters made.

As usual, we had a great group of very happy crafters.

Special thanks to Kelly and Kristin for sharing their advice with our attendees. Save the date of 10/13 for our next Handmade Crafternoon with Sarah Goldschadt, author of Craft-a-day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects. More info here, so hope to see you there!

P.S. Leave a comment if you have an idea for a future Crafternoon, or leave a comment if you attended this event. I’d love to hear from you!

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