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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 73 - June/July 2019

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • Brand spanking new
  • Ask the experts
  • Bookstand
  • Social media matters
  • Tried & tested
  • Value for money
  • Bright young things
Fabric Freedom
Crafters Companion Limited
Royal School of Needlework opens new exhibition

Royal School of Needlework opens new exhibition

The Royal School of Needlework will be opening a new embroidery exhibition in September.

British Craft Trade Fair will open to public for one day

British Craft Trade Fair will open to public for one day

The organisers of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) have revealed a major new development...

Craft and hobby sector among best for female-led businesses

Craft and hobby sector among best for female-led businesses

Latest research by merchant services provider Paymentsense has revealed that the craft...

New licensing deals for Craft Buddy

New licensing deals for Craft Buddy

Craft Buddy will extend its Crystal Art collection with two new licences.

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

Mixed fortunes

There was some positive news for beleaguered retailers recently, with latest figures from Springboard revealing an increase of 1.4 per cent in customer footfall for the month of March. On the high street, footfall was up by 2.5 per cent, while in retail parks, it rose by 1.5 per cent. Frustratingly, this growth did not translate to an increase in spending, but in uncertain times, getting customers through the shop door represents an opportunity that’s too good to miss.

To ensure that your product selection is second to none, this issue contains plenty of ideas to grow seasonal sales. In addition to craft ideas that will keep kids busy over the summer holidays, we’re looking at the latest fabrics, home sewing ideas, on-trend tropicals and some amazing low-cost profit boosters. There’s unmissable expert advice and business tips, and we’ll also be reporting on the trends we discovered at this year’s Stationery Show London.

Enjoy reading. 


 

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

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Andrea Ashfield, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
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Crafter's Companion has added a selection of stylish bronze dies to its Gemini Patchwork range. Designs include clamshell, elongated hexagon and jewel, and each can be used with a multitude of materials including cotton and denim. The product is ideal for quilting and patchwork projects, and with the tricky preparation work removed, it can be used by beginners with ease. The retail price is £39.99.
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Readers' Poll

How was footfall in your shop over the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018?

How was footfall in your shop over the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018?

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