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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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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 101 - February/March 2024

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In this issue:

Trend file: Peach Fuzz
Pantone Colour of the Year 2024 revealed

Sewing and stitching
Sewing projects to keep customers coming back for more

Best of British
British companies that you can trust!

Bright and breezy
Spring and Easter crafts

New beginnings
Spring fabrics

Working with quality
Craft tools

Show floor to shop window

Autumn Fair, the UK retail's inspirational shopping destination for Home, Gift and Fashion, has announced the launch of its...

h+h Cologne's diversified event programme

h+h cologne will become the ultimate networking and educational platform for the handicraft industry from...

Restructuring of COLOP UK

COLOP would like to inform you of an important change in its business operations. After careful consideration and strategic...

Spring and Autumn Fair announce new advisory board

Spring & Autumn Fair, the UK's largest and most inspirational retail trade shows for Home, Gift...

From the editor

A positive year ahead for retail

Word on the street is that the pandemic-driven growth of online shopping has slowed and going into 2024, the in-store experience will be even more important as people want more face-to face interactions. Retailers are urged to give their customers every reason to shop in person, with convenience and service at the top of the agenda. As a crafting society we all know to see and to touch is vital with the tactile products we offer. Equally vital are our wonderful trade shows. The elaborate stands, the chats, feeling the softness of that merino wool, seeing the bountiful displays of yarn balls and being inspired again and again – when you thought you’d ‘seen it all’! Nothing beats it. First on the agenda is Creativeworld, followed by Stitches and then h+h Cologne. It really is jam-packed and this issue, we have plenty of show news and a Stitches preview with all the information you’ll need to plan your trips. 



This edition, we also welcome new trends – Pantone has released Peach Fuzz as it’s Pantone Colour of the Year and we have rounded up plenty of peachy products sure to please. We also focus on key themes such as Easter and Spring. I love this time of year, as people want to say goodbye to winter and eagerly await the fresh lemon hues and gingham prints to hit the high streets. I do hope you enjoy the issue and I can’t wait to see many of you at Stitches in Birmingham. Myself and Tracy will be on Stand CO3. 

Rachel Westall, Editor

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Rachel Westall, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
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Just in time for Easter, we love these new Gonk greeting cards including Easter Bunny (GOEB1758). These designs are stitched on 14ct aida and come with white cards. The cards measure 144mm x 144mm with a square aperture. For further info, visit: https://www.hcrafts.com/

 

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