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Each issue contains detailed information on upcoming trade shows and reviews many new and innovative products, enabling retailers to make informed and profitable buying decisions for their business. Find out more about the magazine here.
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Christmas is coming!
Part one of out two-part special!
Crafts for fright night!
Spotlight on Autumn Fair
Made by hand
Trend: Festival fever
Summer's not over yet!
It’s that time of year again when the C word starts getting mentioned. Yes, we’re talking all things Christmas as we prep for the busiest retail time of the year. Autumn Fair is key for buyers who want to top up their stockrooms, so do register for this huge event at The NEC.
A prime tool for buyers, we’ve collated part one of our two-part festive special full of the most creative crafts of the market for this super-sparkly season. But before we get too knee deep in tinsel, let's not forget Halloween. Day of the Dead, trick or treating and pumpkins galore – it's not just a huge market for the US anymore as the theme grows here year-on-year – we have three pages full of spooky crafts for all ages.
This edition, I was lucky enough to catch up with Crystal Parade’s Poppy Pennington, who gives us all the goss on what’s happening in the world of rhinestones – and all the ventures she’s been a part of – from encrusting Sam Ryder’s boilersuits to adorning the stage of The Royal Opera House. Wow.
If that’s not enough we have a spotlight on knitting and crochet, an eco-friendly section as well as our festival themed feature full of rainbows, dreamcatchers and hedonistic vibes for those eeking out the last of summer! And last but not least, we have all the current industry news and the latest crafting products on the market.
Rachel Westall, Editor
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Launched in 2011, Crystal Parade caters for the growing need of rhinestones and crystals for crafters, nail artists, designers and stylists. Poppy, the founder of Crystal Parade had five years previous experience within the embellishing world, many years' experience within sales and customer service roles and at the age of 16 running a couple of successful enterprises so with dam hardwork, the odd risk here and there, a great team by her side and the love and support of her family and friends she took the leap to start Crystal Parade. Here, Director Poppy Pennington tells us more...
"First established in the mid-1940's in London. It's very exciting to be a part of an establishment that would have seen so many changes over the years." Says, Emily Langley, Marketing & Digital Content Creator at Barnett Lawson Trimmings. Here, she talks to Craft Focus about moving from their Aladdin's cave establishment in the heart of Soho to being fully digital...