Do you remember buying books, shoes or booking travel 15 years ago? That’s still how the market for crafting and creative hobbies looks today. Enthusiastic sewers and knitters spend a lot of  valuable time looking for their next project, booking a workshop or buying fabric, yarn and other materials – time that could be better spent actually doing their craft. Most of these things are still fragmented and offline.

Makerist is the first website to change this by creating a virtual ecosystem for crafters. From online video classes to improve skills and knowledge, to a large patterns marketplace for projects, to a curated materials shop and community features – at Makerist crafters can really find everything they need for their creative hobby and just get started.

Our strong focus is to help people get better at their craft, by gaining or improving skills. We offer online video classes with a large network of expert trainers in sewing, patchwork, knitting, crochet, cake decoration and more. This way, it’s finally possible to learn when and how you want, from your own home – and if the internet is too slow, also offline on our iPad App or DVDs.

We want to inspire people, not just with skills, but also with exciting new projects – for this we set up a patterns marketplace with over 6,000 PDF ebooks from independent creative designers. Best-sellers, seasonal projects, fashion or trend – there is something here for everyone.

Makerist creates additional value by connecting this inspirational content wtih curated materials and creating a community showroom where members can showcase their finished projects, ask questions and look for tips.

Already market leader for the DACH region, Makerist is expanding 2016 to France and the Nordic European countries.


Axel Heinz

Online-marketplace expert und internet product manager with more than 10 years professional experience.

  • 2004-2008 Produkt Marketing Manager eBay GmbH
  • 2008-2010 Head of Product Management DaWanda GmbH
  • 2010-2011 Head of Product Development GmbH
  • 2011-2013 Director of International Business DaWanda GmbH

Axel Heinz studied in Potsdam und Berkeley and is a trained camera man.

Amber Riedl

Communications specialist and serial entrepreneur.

  • 2004-2008: Communications, print and online publications, Transparency International Secretariat
  • 2008-2010: Founder & CEO, online magazine & listings service
  • 2010-2013: Founder & CEO, e-commerce service for registry

Amber Riedl studied political science in Winnipeg & Vancouver is a trained yoga teacher.


High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in online crafting school ‚makerist’

Germany’s new internet platform makerist offers for the first time video classes for all things handmade – knitting, sewing, crochet and more. With the Seed investment from High Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), makerist can become the destination site for e-learning in the non-academic sector. makerist Co-founders Axel…

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