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Prime Publishing Raises Money for the Addus Hope Foundation February 26 , 2024

Northbrook, IL – From February 19-February 25, 2024, Prime Publishing raised money for the Addus Hope Foundation through its quarterly Clicks

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Prime Publishing Hosts 3rd Annual Cards for Veterans Charity Drive November 17 , 2023

Northbrook, IL – From October 1 through October 31 2023, Prime Publishing hosted their third annual Card Drive for Veterans through its websit

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Prime Publishing Raises Money for the American Red Cross of Hawaii September 15 , 2023

Northbrook, IL – From August 28-September 3, 2023, Prime Publishing raised money for the American Red Cross of Hawaii through its quarterly Cl

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Prime Publishing Raises Money for NAMI

Northbrook, IL – From May 15-May 28, 2023, Prime Publishing raised money for NAMI through its quarterly Clicks for a Cause program.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. What started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation’s leading voice on mental health. Today, they are an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

We shared popular mental health-themed DIYs with our readers to help raise awareness for NAMI’s mission. Featured craft tutorials included this Worry Worm Crochet Pattern, Calming Room Spray, and a collection of 14 Craft Ideas to Combat Anxiety. Featured recipes included this collection of 11 Mood Boosting Recipes.

Learn more about NAMI here and how you can help.

Learn more about Prime Publishing’s Clicks for a Cause program here.

Prime Publishing Hosts Sixth Annual Shawls for Charity Drive

Northbrook, IL – AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting proudly partnered with Rush University Medical Center and JourneyCare Hospice during November 2022 for the sixth annual Shawls for Charity Drive. With the help of our generous readers, we collected approximately 200 handmade knit and crochet shawls for those in need.

The shawls were donated to families on JourneyCare’s inpatient hospice unit in Chicago, IL. JourneyCare also partners with local hospitals such as Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, IL, and more.

“Our patients, families and we greatly appreciate them. At times, there are no appropriate or adequate words one can say…and the prayer shawls speak volumes as evidenced by the smiles, tears, and snuggles,” says Timothy Lankford, MAPS, BCC, JourneyCare Chaplain.

“Hundreds of our patients will be comforted by these lovingly made gifts!,” says Katie Kirby, Volunteer Services Coordinator at JourneyCare.

To learn more about JourneyCare, and the impact the donations have on their recipients, be sure to check out our insightful and inspiring interview with Timothy Lankford, MAPS, BCC, JourneyCare Chaplain.

For free shawl patterns and inspiration, visit AllFreeCrochet.com and AllFreeKnitting.com.

Learn more about JourneyCare here.

Shawls for Charity Benefit JourneyCare

Prime Publishing Raises Money for UNICEF

Northbrook, IL – From February 20-February 27, 2023, Prime Publishing raised money for UNICEF through its quarterly Clicks for a Cause program.

UNICEF has a presence in over 190 countries and territories, working to ensure that every child is healthy, educated, protected, and respected. They are currently on the ground responding to the needs of thousands of families and children impacted by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria on February 6th. UNICEF health and nutrition teams are providing urgently needed care for children via their mobile clinics.

We shared popular charity-themed DIYs and comforting recipes with our readers to help raise awareness for UNICEF’s mission. Featured craft tutorials included this Spread the Love Granny Square, a Comforting Hug Prayer Shawl, and a Beautiful Butterfly Quilt Pattern. Featured recipes included this Classic Baklava, a Turkish Eggs Breakfast, and Turkish Tahini Sweet Rolls.

Learn more about UNICEF here and how you can help.

Learn more about Prime Publishing’s Clicks for a Cause program here.

Prime Publishing Hosts Annual Shawl Drive for Charity

Northbrook, IL —  AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting are proudly partnering with Rush University Medical Center and JourneyCare during November 2022 for the Shawls for Charity Drive . Together, with the help of our readers, we are collecting homemade knit and crochet shawls for those in need now through November 30, 2022. 

This is our sixth year running this shawl drive on behalf of JourneyCare. The shawls will be donated to families on JourneyCare’s inpatient Chicago hospice unit. JourneyCare partners with local organizations including Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill, and more. 

“We received more than 200 shawl donations during our last shawl drive,” says Jenny Bowden, managing editor at Prime Publishing. “I am always blown away by the support, kindness, and compassion of our readers. We can’t wait to see how many donations are received this year!” 

“The prayer shawls are appreciated every day by our patients,” says Timothy Lankford, Chaplain at JourneyCare. 

For free shawl patterns and inspirations, visit AllFreeCrochet.com and AllFreeKnitting.com

The Shawls for Charity Drive runs November 1 through November 30, 2022. To learn more about how to donate, visit us here

Learn more about JourneyCare here

Prime Publishing Raises Money for ASPCA

Northbrook, IL – From August 22-August 29, 2022, Prime Publishing raised money for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) through its quarterly Clicks for a Cause program. 

ASPCA has worked tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect for over 150 years. They are a national leader in animal rescue, protection, and placement. The organization also focuses on passing humane laws and shares resources with shelters nationwide.

We shared popular pet-themed DIYs with our readers to help raise awareness for the ASPCA’s mission. Featured craft tutorials included this Homemade Catnip Toy, a Crochet Dog Potholder, a DIY Rescue Dog Blanket, and a DIY Cat Bed.

Learn more about the ASPCA here and how you can help.

Learn more about Prime Publishing’s Clicks for a Cause program here.

Top 5 Trends Spotted at h+h americas 2022

Northbrook, IL — In partnership with Koelnmesse Inc., Prime Publishing hosted an exclusive influencer networking event at the inaugural h+h americas trade show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill. this past June. It brought together top fiber and fabric influencers (including Heidi Gustad from HandsOccupied.com, Rebecca George from PurpleandLime.com, Laura Coia from SewVeryEasy, and more) with top fiber and fabric companies to network, mingle, and learn about their latest products. 

The influencer networking event helped kick-off the h+h americas trade show, which spanned two full days. More than 195 exhibitors and 2,000 attendees came together under one roof to connect and collaborate with fellow handicraft professionals. This  all-inclusive industry event united all types of handicrafts, and was open to anyone making a living in fiber arts, no matter what background or industry sector.

While walking through the exhibit hall and speaking with exhibitors, our editorial team got a sneak-peek at some of the hot new products hitting the fiber and fabric market later this year. Together, with input from our top fabric and fiber influencers, our editorial experts identified the top 5 trends at h+h americas. With more than 10 years of industry experience sharing the latest crafting industry trends with our 4.3 million subscribers, our talented editors are no strangers to trendspotting and identifying what’s hot in the crafting industry. Check out the Top 5 Trends at h+h americas here, and learn more about each one below. 

  1. Luxurious yarn: Practically every yarn company at h+h americas had a new yarn line designed to be touched, including Mod Yarns “Touch Me” chenille yarn, Apple Fiber Studio’s plush, hand-dyed micro-brewed yarns, and Lion Brand Yarn’s “Feels Like Butta,” “Feels Like Bliss,” “Feels Like Heaven” yarns.
  2. Ergonomics: From hydraulic sewing chairs by Arrow Sewing to LED lights and lasers specifically designed for the crafting community by Harbor Sales Vivi Lux, and new knitting needles and crochet hooks by Prym Ergonomics that have been specifically designed to reduce hand fatigue, it’s no secret that today’s crafters are prioritizing their physical health.
  3. Sustainability: Many exhibitors at h+h americas were promoting a recycled product, or one that was eco-friendly. A few examples of this include Lion Brand Yarn’s “Re-Spun” line, Berroco “Renew” and Appalachian Baby Design’s new eco-washable wool. Plus, companies such as Soak were on-hand to promote their new eco-friendly wash bags and soap, which are “good for your fabrics- and for the planet.”
  4. Wearables: In previous years, home decor items have been the primary focus, but not anymore. Wearable designs such as knit and crochet dresses, top/skirt sets, and oversized sweaters are all the rage now, which is not surprising given how luxurious the yarn is these days! 
  5. Pets & Animal Welfare: From bone-shaped quilted placemats by June Tailor to felted catnip toys by Fibres of Life, there was no shortage of homemade products for your four-legged friends. Additionally, many yarn companies were proudly touting that their products are certified by the Responsible Wool Standard, a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. 

Non-profit organizations such as Knit the Rainbow and The Social Justice Sewing Academy were also on-hand to help those in need and to inspire makers to become agents of social change in their community. 

Check out the top five trends here, and learn more about Prime Publishing and the VIP Networking Event. 

Plus, FaveCrafts is hosting an “America’s Best Craft” contest for influencers to design and submit original projects using Sponsor products received at the networking event. All projects will be permanently hosted on FaveCrafts.com and featured in our free email newsletters and social media, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 “America’s Best” projects, as voted on by readers. Check out all of the submissions here and vote for your favorites! Voting is open until 9/14, and winners will be notified on 9/15.

Future Show Dates:

h+h cologne: March 31 – April 2, 2023 – Cologne, Germany

h+h americas: June 21-23, 2023 – Rosemont, USA (now full 3-day trade show & conference from Wednesday-Friday)

Top 5 Trends Spotted at h+h americas 2022

Northbrook, IL — In partnership with Koelnmesse Inc., Prime Publishing hosted an exclusive influencer networking event at the inaugural h+h americas trade show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont, Ill. this past June. It brought together top fiber and fabric influencers (including Heidi Gustad from HandsOccupied.com, Rebecca George from PurpleandLime.com, Laura Coia from SewVeryEasy, and more) with top fiber and fabric companies to network, mingle, and learn about their latest products. 

The influencer networking event helped kick-off the h+h americas trade show, which spanned two full days. More than 195 exhibitors and 2,000 attendees came together under one roof to connect and collaborate with fellow handicraft professionals. This  all-inclusive industry event united all types of handicrafts, and was open to anyone making a living in fiber arts, no matter what background or industry sector.

While walking through the exhibit hall and speaking with exhibitors, our editorial team got a sneak-peek at some of the hot new products hitting the fiber and fabric market later this year. Together, with input from our top fabric and fiber influencers, our editorial experts identified the top 5 trends at h+h americas. With more than 10 years of industry experience sharing the latest crafting industry trends with our 4.3 million subscribers, our talented editors are no strangers to trendspotting and identifying what’s hot in the crafting industry. Check out the Top 5 Trends at h+h americas here, and learn more about each one below. 

  1. Luxurious yarn: Practically every yarn company at h+h americas had a new yarn line designed to be touched, including Mod Yarns “Touch Me” chenille yarn, Apple Fiber Studio’s plush, hand-dyed micro-brewed yarns, and Lion Brand Yarn’s “Feels Like Butta,” “Feels Like Bliss,” “Feels Like Heaven” yarns.
  2. Ergonomics: From hydraulic sewing chairs by Arrow Sewing to LED lights and lasers specifically designed for the crafting community by Harbor Sales Vivi Lux, and new knitting needles and crochet hooks by Prym Ergonomics that have been specifically designed to reduce hand fatigue, it’s no secret that today’s crafters are prioritizing their physical health.
  3. Sustainability: Many exhibitors at h+h americas were promoting a recycled product, or one that was eco-friendly. A few examples of this include Lion Brand Yarn’s “Re-Spun” line, Berroco “Renew” and Appalachian Baby Design’s new eco-washable wool. Plus, companies such as Soak were on-hand to promote their new eco-friendly wash bags and soap, which are “good for your fabrics- and for the planet.”
  4. Wearables: In previous years, home decor items have been the primary focus, but not anymore. Wearable designs such as knit and crochet dresses, top/skirt sets, and oversized sweaters are all the rage now, which is not surprising given how luxurious the yarn is these days! 
  5. Pets & Animal Welfare: From bone-shaped quilted placemats by June Tailor to felted catnip toys by Fibres of Life, there was no shortage of homemade products for your four-legged friends. Additionally, many yarn companies were proudly touting that their products are certified by the Responsible Wool Standard, a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. 

Non-profit organizations such as Knit the Rainbow and The Social Justice Sewing Academy were also on-hand to help those in need and to inspire makers to become agents of social change in their community. 

Check out the top five trends here, and learn more about Prime Publishing and the VIP Networking Event. 

Plus, FaveCrafts is hosting an “America’s Best Craft” contest for influencers to design and submit original projects using Sponsor products received at the networking event. All projects will be permanently hosted on FaveCrafts.com and featured in our free email newsletters and social media, and cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 “America’s Best” projects, as voted on by readers. Check out all of the submissions here and vote for your favorites! Voting is open until 9/14, and winners will be notified on 9/15.

Future Show Dates:

h+h cologne: March 31 – April 2, 2023 – Cologne, Germany

h+h americas: June 21-23, 2023 – Rosemont, USA (now full 3-day trade show & conference from Wednesday-Friday)

Prime Publishing Raises Money for World Central Kitchen

Northbrook, IL – From March 21-March 28, 2022, Prime Publishing raised money for the World Central Kitchen through its quarterly Clicks for a Cause program.  

WCK is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises. During March 2022, WCK served thousands of fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as those who remain in the country. We are proud to have supported their efforts at this time.

We shared Ukrainian-themed DIYs and popular Ukrainian recipes with our readers to help raise awareness and celebrate our friends in Ukraine. Featured recipes and tutorials included this Ukrainian Borscht recipe (the national dish of Ukraine), Peace for Ukraine Sunflower Quilt Pattern, and the Crochet Ukrainian Heart Pattern

Learn more about the World Central Kitchen here and how you can help.

Learn more about Prime Publishing’s Clicks for a Cause program here

h+h americas finalizes partnership with Prime Publishing

Northbrook, Illinois —

• Together we are expanding industry outreach, connecting with our community.
• First international offspring of the world’s leading trade fair “h+h cologne.”
• We are uniting the soft crafts industries In North America.
• More than 100 exhibitors signed up.

 

Excitement is building around the launch of h+h americas, which will take place from June 22-24, 2022, in Rosemont, Illinois. With seven months to go, the organizer reports strong interest among the US and international soft craft manufacturers and already has over 100 contracts. 

Today the organizer announced a new partnership with Prime Publishing LLC, a leading online platform and publisher for the fiber and fabric community with 3 million followers. Prime will use its vast online reach to draw awareness to the h+h americas opportunity, where it will organize networking events and pre-show introduction of top influencers, bloggers & designers to selected sponsors. Prime will also offer an “America’s Best Contest” featuring project designs and the award winners will be announced following h+h americas. 

Says Stuart Hochwert, President of Prime: “We think that h+h americas will provide some great opportunities for buyers and sellers in the soft craft industry. We are committed to assisting this event via five of our sites including FaveCrafts.com; AllFreeSewing.com; FaveQuilts.com; AllFreeKnitting.com & AllFreeCrochet.com that comprise some of Prime’s free crafting, fiber and fabric online resources for consumers in beads, crochet, knitting, and sewing. Our team of editors will be onsite to cover the launch of this event. We are very excited to enter this partnership.”

“Having Prime Publishing as a partner on our side gives us another powerful channel to reach the soft-craft buying community. We are confident this partnership will be valuable in our effort to deliver a high-quality and diverse trade show, design competition, and educational program. We look forward to this co-operation,” says Mette Petersen, President and Managing Director of Chicago-based Koelnmesse Inc.

h+h americas, the sister event of its German namesake, is slated to become the leading U.S. industry event for buyers of home textiles, tapestry, sewing, knitting, crocheting, haberdashery, quilting, needlepoint, and business software and marketing solutions. It will be held in partnership with the Craft Industry Alliance, a membership organization that has served the craft professionals community since 2015.

For more information contact:
Darrin Stern
North American Show Manager
h+h americas
773-326-9925
www.hh-americas.com
www.instagram.com/hhamericas
www.linkedin.com/showcase/hhamericas
www.facebook.com/hhamericas

About Prime Publishing LLC:
Since 2009, a women’s lifestyle content publisher focused on DIY, Craft & Recipe sites, newsletters, magazines, and social media. Fiber (Knit & Crochet) and Fabric (Sewists & Quilters) consumers find project ideas, inspiration, new product information and engaging content on Prime’s sites, seven sewing & quilting newsletters & 9 crochet & knitting newsletters and several social media channels on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube. To request more information about how Prime can promote your brand to Fiber & Fabric consumers send an email to Chris Wright.

About Koelnmesse GmbH:
Koelnmesse is the number 1 trade fair location for numerous industries with some 1,000 employees and representatives worldwide. Cologne, Germany is centrally located in Europe and the Koelnmesse fairgrounds with 400,000 square meters ranks in the top 3 within Germany and top 10 worldwide. Every year, Koelnmesse organizes and conducts more than 80 trade fairs, exhibitions, guest events and special events in Cologne and in the world’s most important markets connecting 54,000 exhibitors from 122 countries with more than 3 million visitors from 200 countries. Koelnmesse has earmarked 700 million Euro towards the expansion of its fairgrounds which should be completed by 2030.

Koelnmesse Picture Material:
https://www.koelnmesse.de/news/bilddatenbank/bilddatenbank.php 

Koelnmesse in Social Media:
www.linkedin.com/company/koelnmesse-gmbh
www.instagram.com/koelnmesse 
www.facebook.com/Koelnmesse
www.twitter.com/Koelnmesse 

Koelnmesse Inc. located in Chicago, IL for the past 19 years is the North American subsidiary and marketing arm of the Koelnmesse Group, one of the world’s leading organizers of international trade shows. Their experienced team of marketing and sales professionals organizes trade shows and events in North America as well as North American Pavilions for US, Canadian and Mexican companies at more than 25 trade shows around the world. 
https://koelnmessenafta.com
https://twitter.com/koelnmesseinc
https://www.linkedin.com/company/koelnmesseinc
https://www.facebook.com/KoelnmesseInc

FaveCrafts Sees Continued Growth with Online Crafting Classes

Northbrook, IL – Prime Publishing used to host in-person classes, seminars, events and how-to opportunities. Their four in-house cooking and crafting studios were used every day.  Their large conference spaces were booked months in advance. Local hotels enjoyed the constant stream of visitors. Of course, the pandemic stopped all of these in-person activities. So, in just eight months, their FaveCrafts brand pivoted and has held more than 30 online crafting classes and hosted more than 15,000 attendees looking to expand their crafting knowledge. 

The focus has been on knit and crochet classes, and topics have included everything from beginner Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet classes, plus more advanced topics such as Continental Knitting, Tunisian Crochet, Entrelac Knitting, and more. We have welcomed a number of talented instructors into our virtual crafting studio including Marly Bird from MarlyBird.com, Marie Segares from Underground Crafter, and Tamara Kelly from Moogly Blog

Beginner classes are sponsored by I Like Crochet and I Like Knitting, and are available to consumers for free. The advanced classes are $19.99/each, or attendees can choose to buy a bundle ticket option (three classes for $29.99) and save 50%. Our free, one-hour classes provide a great opportunity for both beginners and experienced knitters and crocheters to learn a new hobby from industry experts from the comfort of their own home. Viewer questions are answered in real time, and attendees receive expert advice for troubleshooting common problems. 

Recordings of our free classes are made available for those that were not able to attend in real time. This also provides attendees the opportunity to re-watch the class on their own time and practice their skills. Visit the AllFreeCrochet and AllFreeKnitting YouTube channels and watch them today! 

To date, one of the most successful paid classes has been Fixing Common Mistakes in Knitting. Due to popular demand, we will be offering this class again in August. Learn more about our upcoming classes at FaveCrafts.com, and visit Eventbrite to sign up. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today!