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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 80 - August/September 2020

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In this issue:

  • Merry Stitchmas - Christmas crafts
  • Fright Night
  • Fairy Designs
  • Make your mark
  • Amazing glaze
  • Soft crafts
  • Knitting & crochet
  • Company profiles
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ExaClair launches new log book to help businesses support NHS Test & Trace

ExaClair launches new log book to help businesses support NHS Test & Trace

ExaClair, the UK supplier of Exacompta, has launched a Track & Trace Log...

Spread the love and celebrate World Calligraphy Day with Manuscript

Spread the love and celebrate World Calligraphy Day with Manuscript

Calligraphy brand, Manuscript Pen Company, has launched an appeal for people...

Iconic Herbin brand celebrates historic 350th anniversary

Iconic Herbin brand celebrates historic 350th anniversary

ExaClair, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine group that owns the...

Kathy Wylie wins 'Handi Quilter Best in Competition' at The Festival of Quilts

Kathy Wylie wins 'Handi Quilter Best in Competition' at The Festival of Quilts

Canadian quilter Kathy Wylie has won The Handi Quilter Best in...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

The new normal

It’s been interesting to see how the ‘new normal’ has slowly transitioned into our day to day lives. We’re now quite accustomed to joining a queue on our food shops, and whenever we leave the house the face masks and hand gel check has become as much as our routine as remembering our phone and keys. I hope your experience re-opening your store has been a positive one and we’d love to hear your experiences. You can email me at: editor@craftfocus.com

It’s been very sad to hear of many trade show cancellations including Autumn Fair and the London Stationery Show. We do enjoy visiting the exhibition centres, reconnecting with companies, having a chat and sourcing new designs as we browse the aisles. We look forward to the hustle and bustle returning in 2021.

This issue we have the first in our two-part Christmas series. There are some wonderful designs to decorate the home and make for loved ones. We also have a focus on knitting and crochet, soft crafts and card-making. As well as this, there’s all the latest industry news and the newest craft book releases.

Rachel Westall, Editor

PS. If you have any news you would like to submit to this site or Craft Focus magazine, please email editor@craftfocus.com

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I adore these beautiful blue butterfly ceramic buttons, handmade in Cornwall by Stockwell Ceramics featuring colourful flowers and butterflies to remind us of summer whatever the time of year. Originally designed for the Natural History Museum London, these exquisite buttons can be found on the stockwellceramics.co.uk website in their animal, bird and insect range.

Stockwell Ceramics is a craft company based in the beautiful Tamar Valley in Cornwall UK, where a small team of talented designers make unique ranges of ceramic buttons and jewellery for museum shops galleries and gift shops. All of the company's products are made entirely by hand in Britain.

 

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Hyve Group is pleased to announce Autumn Fair @ Home, Glee Gathering and Fashion Together (comprising Pure, Pure Origin, Moda and Scoop), three completely virtual forums happening this September. These forums will provide exhibitors and attendees with the opportunity to showcase and discover new products, engage with suppliers via "The Virtual Showroom", and hear market leading content from retailers and trend forecasters on what 2021 may hold for the industry and how they can kick-start their own sales now.... read more

HMRC Packing Tax Consultation

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Readers' Poll

If correct social distancing measures are implemented, will you be heading back to the trade shows in August/September?

If correct social distancing measures are implemented, will you be heading back to the trade shows in August/September?

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Uncertain
 

Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...In what way do you think COVID-19 will affect business for the better?

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Consumers will shop more sustainably
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Gifting will see a surge later in the year
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Consumers will be eager to resume normal spend habits
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Personal interactions in-store will become more important

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