As makers and fiber artists ourselves, we feel it is so important for us to keep in touch with the greater crafting world around us – for example, what is going on with small businesses, fiber artists, craft shows, fairs, etc. This week we take on a more serious tone as we examine what is going on around us. We tackle the somewhat painful subject of the closing of many small businesses, including a few of our favorites, and we talk about the different mentalities of competition vs. lifting each other up as artists. Our major takeaway? When one of us succeeds, we all succeed – and there’s a place for everyone in the fiber arts community.