Three is the magic number!

It’s been just over one month since we all said goodbye to one another in Columbus. In that time, I’ve encountered two attendees in the wild. By in the wild, I mean in their natural habitats: at a craft show and in a yarn shop. One had attended Midwest Craft Con all three years, and the other experienced the Con for the first time. While they both had kind words to say, they also had wildly different experiences. They are at different places in their businesses and were looking for different things, but they both left ready to dive into their business headfirst.

As I’m finally settling into my day to day routine of life and work and the glitter is starting to fade, your stories and growth are keeping me going and are helping me look toward the future. We are going to take the next year to think about what Midwest Craft Con can do for our alumni and how we can bring in more makers who have not yet joined our Conner family.

Though 2020 seems so far away, my hope for us is to still find ways to meet one another, online and in person. I want to keep hearing your stories and see you challenge yourself to grow your business.

I’ll leave you with three reviews from attendees with their own experiences from the conference:

Oh yeah… and I totally finally got to met Crafty Chica! #micdrop #nevercraftalone

— Megan

PS! You can still nab a Gemma Correll-designed Never Craft Alone T-shirt or tote in our store until we run out!



Last weekend was a truly beautiful time: More than 150 makers from all over the Midwest and from across the country converged on the Columbus Hyatt for three days of learning.

If you were among the makers who joined us, please fill out the attendee survey so we can make next year even better! Now that we’ve had a few days to relax and recover, we want to thank everyone who played a part in pulling the weekend off!

Our delightful keynote speakers:Yao Cheng, Chris Glass and Jen Hewett. Your honesty and bravery were an inspiration to us, and we’re so happy you were able to join us! The same goes for all of our speakers: Olivera Bratich, Caroline Creaghead, Stephanie Capps Dyke, Talia Halliday, Andy J. Miller, Esther Myong Hall, Mei Pak, Allison Rosen, Kiffanie Stahle, Tamia Stinson, Tara Swiger, Nicole A. Taylor, Annal Vyas, Lesley Ware, and The Wonder Jam.

We also want to give special thanks to the Ohio Arts Council for awarding us an ArtSTART matching grant. And to Weebly, which sponsored our happy hour, provided expert website advice and a discount for conners — you can save 25% on a Weebly plan until the first week of March!

Many other creative businesses, craft corporations and Columbus institutions supported us with monetary or in-kind donations, including: 614 Knit Studio, Alison RoseBlackwing, Columbus College of Art & DesignDabble & Stitch, Field Notes, Handmade Arcade, Homespun Modern Handmadethe Hoop & Needle, Jo-Ann Stores, Sew to Speak, the SmitherySquare, Sticker Giant, Surprise!, Wexner Center for the Arts, Wholly Craft, WildCard PGH, and Yarn It & Haberdashery. PHEW!

Everybody got googly:

And there was all sorts of swag:

New friendships were made:

We even solved a murder:

Things also got serious:

And things got seriously silly:

We hope that you stay in touch with your new con friends via the private Facebook group — email us if you didn’t get an invite or if you registered with an email address different from what you use for Facebook. Now we return to “normal” life — but before long we’ll be thinking about next year.

Who are we kidding? We’re already thinking about 2018. Don’t stop crafting!

Love, Megan, Grace & Brit