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Two and a half years ago, inspired by the DIY creativity of a growing number of indie crafters, we launched CRAFT Magazine along with its companion website, Craftzine.com. Since then, we’ve become an integral part of the new craft community. We’ve been fully committed to encouraging more people to discover the joy of crafting.
All along, we have noticed that Craftzine.com has been growing steadily. At the same time, we’ve come to realize that there were more and more challenges in publishing CRAFT as a print magazine, especially with the costs of print and distribution rising, and diminishing interest among advertisers in print. So we’ve decided that Volume 10, our Celebrate Like Crazy issue, will be our last print issue and that the future of CRAFT is online. (CRAFT subscribers will be notified by email today of the changes and how to obtain a refund for their subscription. If we don’t have your email, we will be sending you a letter by post.)
Creating a print magazine was a great pleasure for all of us on our amazing team, and we’ve appreciated the many readers who told us how much they enjoyed CRAFT. Our print magazine helped to gain recognition that craft is thriving today, more than ever. We’re going online exclusively with CRAFT because that’s where we can best reach and serve our audience.
On Craftzine.com, we have a talented team, led by Natalie Zee Drieu, who is returning from maternity leave. She’s excited to expand our efforts online. We have a lot of work to do to bring the best of the magazine to the website but the team has started to pursue that goal. We will focus on bringing you more craft projects, just as the print magazine did but we’ll be able to do so with greater frequency. We want CRAFT online to be visually appealing and easily accessible; we want it to be fun but also useful. CRAFT will continue to venture into new territory, creating projects that integrate high tech wizardry and high fashion.
I also want to assure you that craft and crafters will continue to be an important part of the program for Maker Faire. We have always regarded crafters as we do makers, a creative vanguard who are remaking the world in ways that are especially vital today. Also, we will continue to publish MAKE magazine in print. The closure of CRAFT in print allows us to focus our limited resources on growing a single DIY magazine instead of two.
As we’ve talked to some of CRAFT’s contributors and advertisers about our decision, we felt that they understood why we made the decision. Nonetheless, the initial reaction is one of disappointment. I suspect many subscribers will feel the same way. However, as we talked about the future with all these stakeholders, they also became as excited as we are about the possibilities. I look forward to exploring what lies ahead. I hope you will join us as we share our deep interest in, and appreciation for, the diverse approaches to CRAFT on craftzine.com.
Update 2/11 4:40pm
From Heather Harmon our Circulation Director:
There have been a lot of questions about the Digital Edition. We are working on the back-end programming, which will take a little bit of time, but this is the plan:
*If you are a CRAFT subscriber, you will have access to the entire digital archive of CRAFT (Volumes 1-10) through April 1, 2009, even if you cancel your subscription.
*If you are a CRAFT subscriber who transfers to MAKE, you will have access to the entire digital archive of CRAFT (Volumes 1-10) through April 1, 2009 or for as long as you are a MAKE subscriber, whichever is longer.
The CRAFT digital archive is available at http://craftzine-digital.com
You can also get back issues of CRAFT Magazines in the Maker Shed.
Related:
CRAFT Print FAQ

Dale Dougherty

I’m founder of MAKE magazine and creator of Maker Faire. I am CEO of Maker Media, the company that produces MAKE, Maker Faire and Maker Shed. I am Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (www.makered.org).


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  1. Faith says:

    Hopefully you will archive the zine online so it won’t be lost :D

  2. Marie says:

    Two quick questions:
    1) Will we still be able to access the digital versions of past issues?
    2) Will there still be similar articles that were featured in the magazine that are not on the blog? (handmade, curio, travel craft)These are the articles that I love in the magazine that I can’t get anywhere else or on the blog.

  3. Beth says:

    Frankly, this REALLY sucks. I just finally got this subscription for Christmas, and while I’m all over the web page all the time, I really enjoy having a book in hand to look at.
    I’m an art director for a magazine (400,000 circulation) myself, and I totally understand the cost of printing and production.
    There’s nothing else to say but “Booo. This sucks.”

  4. Laura says:

    This is the ONLY magazine I subscribe to these days and I must admit I will be very, very sorry to not have it in my mailbox anymore. I rarely check the website because I just LOVE having an actual print item to read! Oh well. :(

  5. 21centurydressmakers says:

    i cherish my issue no. 09. like an old friend, a hard copy is both familiar and fresh at the same time. good luck to everyone on the team and thank you!

  6. sweetharsh says:

    Given that Craft was hawking “deals” less than a week ago to subscribe to the paper version (which I did) I think this is really pathetic and weak. I get it, the economy is bad and people don’t have the extra money to spend on magazines but I find it hard to believe that this decision was reached in the last 48 hours…
    I am really disappointed and feel ripped off.

  7. yasmine says:

    i LOVE your magazine and am quite sad it’s going. i do subscribe to your blog, and i’m totally looking forward to what’s in store :)
    much luck to you all!

  8. Alicia says:

    I am very sad as well! Although I’m a loyal daily reader of the site, there’s something about paging through the print version of CRAFT that was so fulfilling! It will be dearly missed.

  9. Jasmine says:

    This is really disappointing to me. A print version is an escape and a means of inspiration that the internet just can’t have. I can read about crafts online all day, at any number of different websites. I subscribe to your RSS feed but most days just pass it by. But I always, *always* read my print version cover-to-cover.

  10. Anonymous says:

    whatEVER!!! only joking…having read the comments, If indeed there was hawking going on last week, I think people deserve an apology, but not blood letting…It is a sad fact that the magazine is folding, but in order to save the creative soul of CRAFT this is an obvious choice to make. Respect for your readership should take the form of archives etc and perhaps all subscribers should be offered back issues free or for half price on a first come first served basis? Subscribers who signed on from the start should get a box set. Thats what I would do anyhow.
    Good luck with it all, and keep evolving, keep winning, keep making

  11. fran says:

    Yes, if you’re a Craft Subscriber you’ll have full access to digital issue archives of Craft 1-10.

  12. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Thanks everyone for your comments. In regards to Craftzine, we’ll be having more original content online from columns to projects that you’ve come to love in the magazine. We know it’s not the same physical satisfaction as opening up the print magazine, but we hope you’ll see the same spirit is alive on our web site.

  13. Elaine says:

    Saddened by the news..but hopeful that the website will flourish. How about a contest for self printing the next issue and bookbinding it? Making your own zine out of craft.com?
    Best of luck to all!
    Elaine Barr

  14. Lizzie says:

    I’m sorry to see this news. I was a subscriber and now sometimes buy the magazine, depending on projects. Your web page is my startup screen every morning, and I’ll continue to read regularly.
    Will there be a subscription fee for the web site?

  15. Kathy Cano-Murillo says:

    I know everyone put their heart and souls into the print and online versions, I’m crushed to see the mag go, but am excited to see it bigger and better online. I know the team is dedicated and will give their all, and that is what counts for quality content. Thanks and a shout out to bringing Craft to us in the first place :-) I will cherish my past issues forever!

  16. Rebecca Stern says:

    @Marie yes, we’re starting more weekly, monthly, and by-monthly columns just like in the magazine such as Handmade, Curio, Travel Crafty, etc., plus more that you haven’t seen before! Stay tuned to the blog for announcements about those coming up.

  17. cyenobite2 says:

    I too am sad to see the print version go, but am glad you all decided to push forward with the web version.
    I am a long time (1st issue) to Make magazine, and I have to say when the decision to split in two was made, I was saddened then (but I did subscribe to both). I think the DIY community is stronger by grouping together, rather than splitting apart. I look forward to seeing more “crafty” content in the makezine now – like the ol’ days :)
    On that note though, I applaud all of your efforts so far on a job well done.

  18. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Hi Lizzie – There will no be subscription fee for the web site. Thanks for making Craftzine your homepage each day. You’ll love the crafty content that will be coming real soon!

  19. Anonymous says:

    BOO!
    I look forward to receiving my Craft: issue in the mailbox. While I like being able to browse the online version, having an actual printed copy in my hands just makes my day. I will really miss it.
    Thanks to all the contributors and staff that made Craft: such a wonderful magazine that stood above anything else out there.

  20. Rosemary says:

    I was just recently considering re-subscribing. Will there be a subscription fee for the digital versions, or will the whole operation be more of a blog-format?

  21. Marie says:

    Since I still had a couple more issues left on my current subscription, is it possible to get it transferred over to make?

  22. Jenny says:

    Boo this is really crappy :( Nothing beats being able to have a print version in hand. I know many of my friends who subscribe but don’t have internet access only through the library, school, etc. There are so many lovely design and craft mags folding, it’s really disheartening.

  23. Jen says:

    I JUST renewed my subscription and received a gift subscription for a friend. I’m not understanding what that means now–what happens to my six or so issues (for myself and four for my friend) that I just paid for? Do I get a refund? I honestly only subscribe to magazines because I love the print version. I spend too much time online as it is! Please clarify.

  24. gina says:

    so what happens to the 2 issues i paid for but won’t receive? do i just get stuck for that $$?

  25. Judy says:

    I’ve spent the last couple weeks dealing with the terrible email customer service, trying to get print subscriptions for both me and my friend because of some supposed promotion, requiring me to renew TWO years because I was recently renewed without any sort of alert. And then this pops up all of a sudden? Some warning would have been nice. Needless to say, I’m pieved.
    Outside of this recent issue, I really loved Craft. I subscribed to Craft because I wanted a nice magazine to flip through and to be inspired away from the computer. My husband and I put our issues of Craft and Make on the coffee table, and our crafty friends love to check them out whenever they come over. I’m with others who are disappointed that this will no longer be an option.

  26. Marie says:

    Read the post about this again. You will find that you should be receiving either an email or a letter about your subscription.
    on an off topic. I am quite astounded by the angry reactions played out on there. I understand being disappointed and upset, but do you think that the people at craft wanted this? Do you think that they did this maliciously against its readers? no. Be thankful they are still going to provide you the content (only free now) and that these creative souls still have a job.
    And as for people feeling scammed into subscribing recently, consider it a last ditch effort by craft. I am sure that they had said internally “if we can get X amount of new subscribers then we can keep the print magazine going”, so what you do is push to get that set number of people to subscribe in order to save the publication. Well when that doesn’t happen you are left with option B, which is to stop printing.

  27. Sarah Hodsdon says:

    Personally, I love the feel of paper and not having a physical issue in my mailbox to give/loan/ and or/gift subscribe to friends and students is a major bummer HOWEVER, I, like Kathy Cano-Murillo (aka Crafty Chica), believe that this will open the doorway for even more fresh and innovative content we have all come to love…. Online not only saves money but, also sticks with the core belief in using what is on hand and not being wasteful to create… the online version saves paper and postage and frees up money to invest in better and MORE content- traveling to cover events and getting photos of those really big projects is EXPENSIVE! I get my daily CRAFT and MAKE fix via my iPhone most of the time anyway so I am thankful it will still be there. Continue to push the crafting envelope. I wish you all the best!
    Sarah Hodsdon

  28. starryeyes says:

    Wow, I must say, I am sorry to see the print version of Craft being discontinued. I received a gift subscription for my birthday, of which I’ve only received two issues. I really looked forward to recieving Craft in the mail, and having the hardcopy issues to keep, but I guess no more.
    In the case of gift subscriptions, who will be recieving the refund? The gifter or giftee?

  29. Anonymous says:

    This announcement just broke my heart. I was pre-subscribed to Craft for months before the first issue even came out and it’s seriously my FAVORITE thing in the world. I check the RSS every day, but I read Craft over and over on my commute, in bed, over breakfast and on the couch. Now I can only read it at my desk? Not very inspiring.
    Were any other possibilities even considered? How is the online-only version going to make any money if it’s free? What can you do by closing the print version that you couldn’t do already? What about running the magazine as a non-profit? I’ll bet you have a lot of subscribers (including me) who would gladly volunteer some of their time to keep this magazine going. All of my favorite craft stores are closing and moving online, too. Isn’t switching to theoretical ones and zeroes the antithesis of craft? Where is the tactility?! I’m sorry but this decision seems rushed and thoroughly uncreative.

  30. *sniffles* says:

    finally found a magazine that i actually wanted to subscribe to and *pfft*…she was gone (sorry, hadda heehaw moment there).
    i love your online site and will continue to enjoy it. content is great always!!!
    it’s just my luck on the subscription :| anyone have a magazine they want taken out of circulation? i’ll go run over and sign up for it!

  31. becki says:

    Wow, really sucky.

  32. Becky Stern says:

    Hi all, if you have a subscription you’re not screwed. You can choose to finish out your subscription with MAKE instead, or you can get a refund. Read more about that here: http://craftzine.com/news/

  33. Ethan Padgett says:

    I am extremely disappointed. The craftzine site is nice, but is a very shoddy replacement for the print magazine.

  34. Gillian says:

    So sad to hear this! So glad to know the website lives, and I can’t wait to see what’s cooking!
    I’d like to say that the negative comments on here are really thoughtless and undeserved. How about we not worry so much about lost subscriptions and show a little bit of respect for those who’ve lost their jobs? People, please.

  35. Courtney says:

    I’m sorry to see the print edition go, but I’m really grateful that you aren’t folding completely, unlike many of the magazines these days. I check the blog every weekday, and I will continue to do so.

  36. slug-c says:

    As someone who has been working for a non-profit visual arts publication for the past year and seen the exponentially increasing costs of printing and moving paper as well as the unprecedented shrinking of available revenues, I offer sympathy as you deal with angry advertisers and subscribers who feel cheated despite your best efforts to continue.
    We all will miss print-based work, its tactile and portable and “inexpensive” nature. (User cost is cheap — people abandon magazines and newspapers in the recycling or on the bus or doctor’s offices — though true cost is quite high; content writers, photographers, production staff, editors … they all need to make a living. I wonder how high subscriber costs would have to be in order to sustain Craft or ____.)
    Printed material is becoming like the horse; only specialized groups have them any more — the rest have automobiles or use the bus. Having a car or getting media from online sources is dependent on economic status, however — and this is not a perfect metaphor. Accessibility is lost by creating a reliance on users’ own electricity, computer maintenance and Internet connection, in lieu of their just paying a relatively low single fee and getting something in the mail … the library is not the best solution for either reading a print magazine or one online.
    I’m hoping that we can come up with some creative solutions, some new ways of doing things that can address some of the problems of print versus non-print publications.

  37. Anon says:

    As a charter subscriber, this pisses me off. The website isn’t as good as you think it, quite honestly, and there is too much competition for my online time. I’m eager to get my refund and say goodbye.

  38. danese says:

    and I’ve seen firsthand how committed your staff was to Craft. Assuming you’re not cutting staff too deeply, I think O’Reilly will do a great job of maintaining a web presence that is interesting and rich in Crafty goodness.

  39. Katrin says:

    This really makes me sad and I’m very disappointed… I discovered Craft like 2 weeks ago and 3 days ago I subscribed…. I was very happy when I discovered the magazine because I’m from Germany and magazines here are rather boring and oldfashioned and I also liked the variety because I like to try out things…
    and I can’t even order the back issues because having them shipped to germany is around 40 $ postage which is too much… I have two used magazines and also showed them to friends… they really liked them…
    and what will happen to the archives?

  40. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    In response to starryeyes and anyone who received gift subs:
    The person receiving the magazine has the option to shift their remaining copies to Make or not. If they choose not to, the person who paid for the magazine sub gets their money back.

  41. JS says:

    Well this really sucks. The least you could do is open up electronically all of the back issues to current Craft subscribers as some token of thanks. Short of that I’d have a very difficult time spending another dime with you guys. Is there any chance that you’d offer this for consolation?
    Under your current “agreement” we’re getting less than we signed up for.

  42. sunfleur1 says:

    And not just a little either. I fell in love with mag from the first issue. While I understand these economic hard times must have made this decision for you, I don’t have to like it.
    RIP Craft. I am heartbroken. Not sure if I will like MAKE as much. If I wanted MAKE, I would’ve gotten a subscription to MAKE. I will give it a shot. My subscription is up in August and I am still waiting for the last one, now.

  43. Jan says:

    i was bummed iwasn’t going to be able to resubscribe.
    What about early issues (1-5)? can we get them online now?

  44. jannypie says:

    honestly i don’t subscribe to the magazine, but i am so glad that craft: will continue their online work, because its one of my top 5 crafting resources!

  45. JJ says:

    It really upsets me that I got this as an xmas present when you all very well probably knew you were going down. At the very least, ALL back issues should absolutely be available. Not just the ones received since purchase.
    As far as keeping my subscription: forget it. Not worth it at all…
    I also had to send multiple emails just to get the online edition. Total hassle. So long.

  46. Camille says:

    Like so many others, I’m saddened by this news and wonder what other options might be on the table. I understand that production costs for the magazine go beyond printing/distribution, but it would be great it if somehow you could offer a print version via a print-on-demand service (eg Lulu or Blurb). I love to leaf through content of this nature in particular, and it’s so helpful to have a printed reference when you’re actually working on a project. If nothing else, I’d like to see more “printer friendly” PDF versions for the more involved projects.
    Another thought: With the revenue from subscriptions gone, maybe you should consider encouraging readers to donate tips for content (TipJoy!).

  47. sassycrafter says:

    Say it ain’t so! I just brushed elbows with Tina Barseghian at the Craft and Hobby Association show in Anaheim and now I hear that CRAFT is folding? *sigh* Yes, I know it’s a rough time for magazines, but I had deep hopes that CRAFT could hold on.
    I’ve been a subscriber since the first issue, in great part because CRAFT is such a critically unique publication–no other publication covers the full spectrum of the crafty world.
    For those of us who love everything craft related, we’ll mourn the passing of this great publication.
    kim taylor the sassy crafter

  48. h says:

    I never in my wildest dreams thought CRAFT could feel like a corporation. This decision seems so corporate. Whoever you consulted with obviously only cared about the bottom line and the money. I’m hurt and I’m not sure that I can view this company the same. I can’t believe that you’ve lost so many subscribers that you’d have to stop publication… Digital is just not the same…

  49. Jenny Hart / Sublime Stitching says:

    I am sad this difficult decision had to be made, and sorry for those who have lost their jobs. I’m glad to know the website will live on!
    I have to say, I’m shocked and disappointed by some of the nasty posts on here. This is not what the DIY community is about!

  50. Shoveling Ferret says:

    What about the runner-up prizes for the Sewing with Nature contest? They included a 1-year subscription to CRAFT…
    Also, will the back-issue archives be available to non-subscribers either for a fee or for free at some point?

  51. PaperDollyGirl says:

    I’m sorry for anyone who lost his/her job with this decision, and I’m really sad to see the print Craft go. Thanks for all of the great work and the dedication to continue working on the website. In spite of (and with surprise at) the negativity in some of these comments, I hope it is partially evidence of how much Craft was a welcome addition to mailboxes. Do not be discouraged from working on continuing to provide a wonderful, much appreiated crafting resource.

  52. Jenny says:

    I just subscribed and have been trying to collect the back issues! :O Maybe though I’ll stay on the online edition.
    Guys, as NICE as print books are, as NICE as it is to have everything there, all lined out in a journal, I want to point out the cost to the environment, not just the company.
    In the print world, magazines that don’t get sold, are sent to either recycling, if the company is good, or the dumpster, if company is bad. The printings usually use paper that is mixed between new and recycled, which still causes tree cutting. The more paper goods you buy the more a demand for paper grows, causing more production of paper goods and more trees being cut down.
    Shifting to digital is a GREAT idea. I like having the print but sometimes all the magazines I own around here, well, they just lay around here. I’ve read all the articles, cut out all the patterns and whats left is either to be used in some way, or discarded/recycle bin.
    Now I can just download and print out what I NEED without excess. A lot of magazines now have print issues.
    And lets be honest: a company needs to stay alive. As much as it goes against the DIY brain process to think about business models and money factors, a person needs to have a job and pay for their homes and their lives. This is their job, their business and its either change things now, downsize and get rid of things that are too costly to maintain, and survive through the recession, or else they’ll eventually go bankrupt and leave a lot of people without work.
    We’ll miss the print issues, I just started collecting them, but I’m happy that Craft will still be around, online, where I found them in the first place. :)

  53. Anonymous says:

    That’s very disappointing… I often buy the print edition but I just don’t see myself shelling out that much for an online subscription. The draw is in having something to hold in my hand and take with me… I can read how-to’s online for free.

  54. Anonymous says:

    Interestingly, I was just talking to a shop owner the other day about how they had been trying to get Craft in their store and basically been given the run around had a terrible experience, customer-service-wise. She was really quite unhappy about it and said “That’s not the way you run a business at all.”
    Perhaps she was right.

  55. April in Autumn says:

    It sucks that you have so many negative comments! As a subscriber I am sad. I love my Craft magazine and it looks so nice on my craft desk! As long as you keep the website and keep sharing all your great tutorials and advice we are lucky people.
    This is an opportunity for something new. I know you guys will turn your creativity up a notch as you can concentrate on digital content without worrying about publication deadlines and other issues relating to the print magazine.
    Thank you for accommodating your subscribers with an option to receive Make or a refund. I will be looking forward to the issues of Make in my mailbox. Who knows what it might inspire…

  56. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Just wanted to answer more questions to some of the comments.
    We aren’t selling online subscriptions. New content and projects on the CRAFT web site will be free.
    If you are a CRAFT subscriber see this page for info on how to get a refund or transfer your subscription to MAKE magazine: http://www.craftzine.com/news/
    For the Sewing with Nature contest – The runners up will have the option of getting a 1 year MAKE subscription or choosing one of our CRAFT box sets (either year 1 or year 2).
    Thank you to everyone for being so passionate about our magazine and crafts. We are currently redesigning Craftzine.com, and in the meantime will be rolling out new content, columns, and projects on the site starting asap. I’m a magazine junkie myself but I also love the web. I’m hoping with Craftzine, we can find that happy medium between both worlds. I see it as a way we can all directly communicate with each other and help grow our amazing DIY community of makers and crafters.

  57. MamaPhunk says:

    I’m totally upset about this too, as nothing made me happier than a fresh copy of Craft in my hands while taking a bath.
    Please remember though, there are so many magazines that are going completely under (Domino for example, which was wildly popular). If this was a choice between Craft online or no Craft at all, I’ll take Craft online.

  58. anon says:

    Well, like everybody else I am disappointed. I do enjoy my CRAFT magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since issue #2 and bought issue #1 as SXSW last year…so glad that I did. I will keep my complete collection to refer to forever. Good luck and looking forward to a more robust craftzine site.

  59. Becca says:

    Royally pissed. You can’t take the website to the beach or to bed. When you leaf through a magazine, you end up reading stuff you never would have read, the title not being enticement enough. Could be mollified by a PDF that I could print myself.

  60. Brady says:

    Well, now I’m really confused about the “This is your last issue Renew NOW” card I got with my copy of issue 10. And I’m glad I haven’t renewed yet. I’ll wait and see how the content online really changes, and what sort of “subscriber” benefits there will be.
    I’m bummed. I really like having a real magazine to refer to while working on projects. I did always feel like Craft was the less-loved step-brother to Make anyway.

  61. Christy Petterson says:

    Thank you CRAFT for supplying us with 10 issues of wonderful inspiration!!!
    I know this was a difficult decision for everyone involved. I am very sad because I loved the magazine so much, but I’m so grateful that the website will live on. That is really good news.
    You guys have been wonderful supporters of crafters via the magazine, your site and your involvement with craft markets.
    Are back copies available? You may have already answered that (haven’t had a chance to read all the comments yet). I’m missing a few issues.
    I love you CRAFT and look forward to your future online!
    xoxoxox,
    Christy / http://www.abardis.com / http://www.ice-atlanta.com

  62. Laura Croce says:

    (furrowed brow) This really stinks.
    I understand, the economy is in the toliet, and its hard for everyone (esp those merril lynch people, haha) but I am really going to miss Craft. I love it.
    Maybe you can make a yearly issue that includes ALL the online crafts????
    i liked reading it before bed. :-(
    -Laura

  63. Erika says:

    I am very disappointed to hear that CRAFT will no longer be producing a print version of the magazine. The current options for “reading” a magazine on the web are substantially less friendly than print, and the electronic version of CRAFT precludes flipping through the pages to see what’s interesting. Until such time as e-ink and e-paper are advanced enough to provide the same quality of interaction as today’s print publications, this will continue to be the case.
    While I certainly understand O’Reilly’s need to reduce costs (which is likely behind the discontinuation of the print magazine, and I suppose it’s preferable to closing down the department completely) I find that I remain disheartened by the news. As a CRAFT subscriber, who pre-ordered and waited impatiently for issue #1, I looked forward to the quarterly print issues that I could pack into a bag and carry with me as I go through my daily routine.
    The original mission of the CRAFT magazine was to provide a separate forum for “the softer side” of DIY, and from this reader’s point of view, the mission was a success. Will CRAFT continue to be produced as an “electronic magazine”? It’s unclear in the announcement. Or, will the CRAFT moniker become just another blog with random daily DIY snippets? I hope not. It was the coverage of new and unique types of art, techniques with needles, places celebrating the resurgence of “DIY” spirit, and the breadth of craft subjects covered that appealed to me most. A daily blog seems less likely to provide that breadth or the depth of coverage some topics deserve.
    I guess we’ll see.

  64. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    This is from Heather Harmon our Circulation Director:
    To everyone who’s taken the time to comment, thanks for the nice thoughts (and we understand the less-nice thoughts, too).
    There have been a lot of questions about the digital edition. We are working on the back-end programming, which will take a little bit of time, but this is the plan:
    *If you are a CRAFT subscriber, you will have access to the entire digital archive of CRAFT (Volumes 1-10) through April 1, 2009, even if you cancel your subscription.
    *If you are a CRAFT subscriber who transfers to MAKE, you will have access to the entire digital archive of CRAFT (Volumes 1-10) through April 1, 2009 or for as long as you are a MAKE subscriber, whichever is longer.
    The CRAFT digital archive is available at http://craftzine-digital.com
    You can also get back issues of CRAFT Magazines here:
    http://www.makershed.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=40

  65. PerriLewis says:

    Always sad to see the demise of another printed publication, but glad that the ethos will live on on the interweb. Be good to see more of the magazine’s content on here, but I’m sure you guys have already got a plan in place for that.
    Best of luck with the move to your permanent home online.

  66. bookbind till yer blind! says:

    This DOES SUCK.
    And yes, this can’t be something you decided yesterday morning, and you had better give back the people who want their money back.
    However, I have to say that I’m not really surprised, because as quality as the magazine is, it’s not the same as MAKE.
    MAKE is more of the “Because it’s there/because I can do it/ because I’m a geek and I wanted to, that’s why!” magazine.
    One the other hand, a lot of small crafters– especially ones who come up with a simple cool thing of their own design– want to SELL it– on etsy, on ebay, at local craft shows and the renegade craft fair etc. etc.
    In the crafting industry, I’ve found that the LAST thing that any clever crafter with an original idea wants to do is publish a “how to” article for thousands of people to copy.
    (Perfect example: The robot you pictured on your very first issue and never provided a pattern for, much to many peoples dismay.)
    Don’t get me wrong: there are a TON of people with generous tutorials, how tos, free patterns, etc. on line. But not in a way that fit in the format of your paper magazine.
    Hopefully craftzine will be successful.

  67. Daniela says:

    I love you and I will keep on this way. I do enjoyed your magazine even if it was not in my mother language ( I’ m Italian). I love your site and your work because I love “to craft” and you are “the royal crafters”
    Sad for this news but I hope in future you will able to come back. For now: good luck and good work for the site and everything!
    Hugs <3

  68. rebanka says:

    NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don’t want CRAFT zine to just be online! Its such an exciting day to check the mail and get the fresh little packet of craftiness! The pages and size had such a distinct feel!!!! That’s part of the whole experience! Isn’t that what part of crafting is about!? Its not just about what you can make the process you have to go through when you are making it- ITS THE SAME FOR THE MAGAZINE!
    I absolutely love this magazine and am SUPER MEGA ULTRA BUMMED that its going out of print!!! What congressman do I have to write to to get this reversed?!
    Seriously guys! I know times are tough- but maybe you can look at a special 1X a year special edition that can be in print.
    So so sad. :( :( :( BOO BOO BOO!!! THis gets a HUGE THUMBS DOWN!!!!!!!
    (I am begging you to rethink this!!!)
    I’m going to go craft myself into a corner now.
    boo hoo.

  69. Brookelynn says:

    I loved Craft Magazine. I love the community of crafters that I have met through Craft. I am grateful to have been a contributor, and while I will miss my mooks(magazine-books), I will miss challenging myself to create worthy projects even more. I don’t know much about the decision to fold. But I feel certain that it was not made hastily, even though it seems to have been made swiftly. This allows everyone to move on now, and with pride. I am certain that Craft will honor it’s obligations to subscribers, and I want to encourage everyone who loved the magazine to honor it by attending the Maker Faire and holding it down in the name of Craft.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Sad, but not a surprise. Make inspires me to learn new things and experiment. But as much as I enjoy Craft, it is rare that I see anything in it that is really new to me. (To be fair I do have a BFA in fiber art with a minor in costume technology.)
    Just looking through issue #10, I wanted more soft circuits, and more “American Boy’s Handybook” kind of projects rather than “here’s how to make a cake,” (as if the information isn’t readily available elsewhere), “here’s how to make a mixtape”– it has been going more lifestyle than I’d want. I liked the stickers article, and I enjoyed reading about Laure Drougul’s knitting orchestra, but why not give some concrete information on how she wired it up?

  71. Laura says:

    Wow, I’ve read all the comments and I too am angry and disappointed and sad, and hoping folks don’t lose jobs at Craftzine. I managed a bookstore that was closed by corporate headquarters and all this emotion runs hot and cold all at the same time. Kind of angry at your customers for not supporting your amazing service better so that you could stay viable, yet knowing you and your team did noble work and created a magnificent product that goes on in a different way. I also cried “NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!” out loud when I saw this Craftzine closing news today, I supported you by purchasing all my issues full price at Powells here in Portland. But THANK YOU for creating such an inspiring print magazine with online presence, bringing so many new crafsters into the mix.

  72. Jenn says:

    Craft was the only mag I ever read where I enjoyed reading all of the ads as well.
    I think it’s particularly sad that you are only allowing access to the online edition to subscribers. It was repeatedly frustrating to me that I could not share bits and pieces of this wonderful mag with my online friends. For instance, I thought the article on making your own bitters was awesome and probably could have convinced a friend to get a subscription if only there had been some relevant online content to link to.
    If the rest of the website is going to be free, how’s about releasing all that online Crafty goodness of previous issues so *everyone* can see it?

  73. Bob Bobmore says:

    I’ve already vented above about this crappy decision, but now after thinking about it, I’m worried about MAKE, too. If you plan to pull the plug on the print version of that magazine, please do better by your subscribers and just say so now.

  74. Dale Dougherty says:

    Bob,
    Make is not next.
    I understand that you’re upset. We don’t like having to make the decision to stop publishing CRAFT in print but it was necessary for our business to keep going. The decision will benefit MAKE. We couldn’t afford to grow both DIY publications in print; we decided that consolidation around MAKE, which has a larger circulation, made sense. The decision will also ultimately benefit Craft by growing its audience.
    We’re not some big faceless corporation with a bunch of suits in charge nor are we people with unlimited resources. Like any business, we have to pay our bills and meet a payroll. Publishing isn’t easy, and today’s economy is a challenge for every individual and business. Believe me, we truly value our customers and greatly appreciate everyone who bought the magazine or subscribed to it.
    We’re real people doing our best, trying to make this dream come true, not just for ourselves, but for the creative DIY community. We’ve got a great team and I’m proud of what we have achieved and the number of people we’ve brought together. I don’t think anyone should doubt the kind of commitment that allowed us to create a unique and wonderful magazine and which will continue on in our work on craftzine.com. We plan to make more content from the print magazine available online.
    Finally, if you or any Craft subscriber is upset about this decision, let’s talk it over, person to person. I don’t want anyone in this community feeling bad. I’m happy to respond to any issues and resolve any problems personally. My email is dale@oreilly dot com. Drop me a line and we’ll set up a time to talk.

  75. lazergir1 says:

    I was hoping Craft Mag would be immune to this economic turmoil! Ahhhh…so sad! I will miss you guys terribly. When I get home, I’m setting up a crafty shrine in remembrance. And I’ll shed a small knitted tear when I check the Craft Blog Hourly.

  76. Meredith says:

    I read most of your blog pages and could not figure out how I can subscribe to get access to your back issues online. I’m willing to pay! Just show me where! I’m sad that I’m only now discovering Craft, at the end of its days on paper. It seems that I’m going to have to get used to all my “print” media coming at me through the screen.

  77. kate says:

    I’m sorry to hear you are discontinuing print publication–I know this must have been a hard decision. Maybe someday when the economy picks back up you can resurrect the print version.

  78. cmcmcmcm says:

    My initial reaction to all this was not anger or sadness – but “hmmm….that’s interesting.” I think change is good I wish all of you at CRAFT the best of luck in this transition and will continue to support your site. I do have a question though – how do I access the archived issues 1-10? I am a digital subscriber and when I go to my digital issue and look at the archives I can only access the ones from my actual subscription. Am I misunderstanding the note that says that subscribers will have access to all archived issues? Thanks for all you’ve done!

  79. LBP says:

    I admit – I tend to rapidly scroll through my CRAFT RSS feed – there’s always so much in there, and unlike paper it’s hard to take time and flip through page by page. Also paper is in many ways much more permanent than a website – I won’t lose access to my hard copies in April!
    I do look forward to what you’ll be doing with the new site, and hope perhaps there will be some sort of PDF zine we can print out ourselves. This would be as much effort as preparing the actual magazine though, so I doubt this would be affordable.
    As CRAFT grew, MAKE seemed to have fewer crafty things. Will MAKE have a CRAFT section devoted to a few less-techy-more-crafty projects? Will it again occasionally have crafty projects? Will it feature a new craft-focused tool or book alongside in the Toolbox? Or will MAKE remain the same?

  80. tiffanytomato says:

    I’ve simply adored Craft Magazine! It’s like an old friend that is welcomed with open arms 4 times a year. While it is sad we won’t be receiving the print version anymore, I look forward to seeing the crafty spirit live on in the online portion.
    Our support of Craft online will help them bounce back even better and more crafterrific than ever.

  81. emilyg says:

    …it’s a beautiful magazine. While most of the projects are more aspirational than achievable for me, that’s part of what I love about it — I’m no expert crafter and love seeing how people are taking these skills and materials to the next level.
    Thanks for all your dedicated and creative work. I don’t find the web site as inspirational or usable — hope you can direct some of what will no longer be spent on printing to improving the layouts, search, and navigation.

  82. Clair S says:

    Craft & Make are all about making something new out of something old, adapting & changing something to make it different, or to make it better. Will I miss the print version of Craft, sure, however, life at the moment is an adapt-or-die economy.
    Good luck to the Craft team! I, for one, will continue to be an avid reader of the Craftzine blog!

  83. Natalie Zee Drieu says:

    Update on the CRAFT Digital Edition from Heather Harmon:
    Starting today (it took a day or two to work out the programming),CRAFT subscribers will have access to the entire digital archive, so try again. Starting April 2, 2009, only CRAFT subscribers who have transferred over to MAKE magazine and still have a MAKE subscription will be able to see the full archive of CRAFT magazine.

  84. Mary says:

    When you guys started Craft two years ago, I picked up the first issue at a local store, thumbed through it, and said to my friend “this is a great idea, but totally the wrong way to deliver it”.
    The world did not need another $15 per issue magazine, particularly one aimed at indie crafters.
    The world DOES need Craft to deliver that same content online, for free, supported by savvy indie craft advertisers.
    This is a better business model. It’s a good change.

  85. Carola says:

    Talk about bait and switch!!! I cannot believe that you did not know this when I was asked to “take advantage of our 2-for-1 Offer: Add another year of CRAFT to your existing subscription and you can give a gift subscription to a friend for FREE!” I took the bait and I feel totally taken. MAKE magazine is NOT the same–too techy for my taste. And I chose the more expensive subscription because I wanted the printed magazine so that I can read it anywhere and take it anywhere. I am not sad, I am angry. This stinks!

  86. HH says:

    This is certainly disappointing. I have had a number of magazine subscriptions in the past few years and Craft is one of the few publications that I always read as soon as I receive it — and whose subscription I would never consider letting lapse.
    I used to subscribe to Make but found that while it was somewhat interesting, there really was nothing for me in it, and when I had to cut back on subscriptions it was one of the first to go because of this. (just noticed that I still have some unopened issues of Make stacked up, which is an indication of how little it excites me, the way Craft does.)
    If Make truly begins to incorporate some of what Craft is about, I will consider continuing my subscription after it lapses. But if it is more of the same, I won’t be able to justify spending the money on it. I give this as genuinely hopeful feedback for the future of these, not just as complaints, honest!
    I sure hope that Craft will have a voice in Make! I will miss it.
    Best of luck to you, I’m sure this wasn’t an easy decision and that it is more difficult for all of you than it is for us.

  87. annette says:

    i understand that things happen and the print magazine is going…but it doesn’t seem fair that, as a subscriber to _craft_ from the very beginning, i won’t have access to the digital editions forever, but only as long as i agree to sub to _make_. i wish you would reconsider this, as i doubt i’ll maintain my _make_ sub once my _craft_ sub expires and part of the perk of subscribing and not just buying craft at the store was access to the digital edition. holding it hostage for a _make_ sub seems a little mercenary on the part of the company…

  88. rubystudios says:

    I just opened my Etsy shop recently and was lucky enough to score a space in the 2-page Etsy ad in the current edition of Craft Mag. I was so excited!! I am sorry to report I’ve had NO traffic as a result of the ad. I had to search 4 bookstores before I even found the mag.
    Since Craftzine is so popular now, I had expected the the ad to be online, as well, but it is not! Craft works side by side with Etsy, so how could this be?
    I wish I would have known before I spent the money that you were phasing the mag out. I believe you should have supported ALL the advertisers by making sure they had exposure on the web, as well.
    Better luck next time. It was a lovely mag.
    Jessi
    RubyStudios
    http://www.rubystudios.etsy.com

  89. amalia says:

    What about a once a year magazine or series of books that would have lots of goodies?

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