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Women in Craft: making their mark, and often a living

Women have always been an integral part of crafting culture, and now, with help from the internet, they're at the forefront of the current "maker" movement around the world.

Hobbies can become thriving sidelines or full-time livelihoods. At Etsy.com, a major online crafts marketplace that launched in Brooklyn in 2005, most of the sellers are women, says Heather Jassy, a senior vice president for the site. She says women make up 86 percent of the site's sellers in America, 94 percent in Australia and 91 percent in Canada, for example.

"We hear from our sellers that they want to make a life, not just a living," she says. "Starting a creative business...

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