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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 72 - April/May 2019

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • Brand spanking new
  • Bookstand
  • Editor's picks
  • High flier
  • Ask the experts
  • Tried & tested
  • Shows, news and events
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Business rates appeals plummet, as firms deterred to challenge bills

Business rates appeals plummet, as firms deterred to challenge bills

The latest statistics from the Valuation Office Agency's 'Check, Challenge,...

Hawthorn Handmade's Stephanie Carswell reveals CHSI Stitches success

Hawthorn Handmade's Stephanie Carswell reveals CHSI Stitches success

Stephanie Carswell, creative director of Hawthorn Handmade, reveals why CHSI...

Gift of the Year 2020 to launch at Home & Gift

Gift of the Year 2020 to launch at Home & Gift

The Gift of the Year 2020 competition will be officially launched at this year's Home & Gift show in...

Half term breaks at The Manor House and Ashbury Hotels

Half term breaks at The Manor House and Ashbury Hotels

Craft activity venues The Manor House and Ashbury hotels are offering exciting breaks for May...

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

What's new?

You may notice something a little different in this issue – we’ve had a makeover! Over the past few months we’ve been inspired by the amazing products currently hitting the market, so we thought it was about time to give Craft Focus a brand-new look for our April/May issue. Our talented team has been working hard behind the scenes to freshen things up, with a contemporary layout to suit this fast-paced, dynamic industry. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Inside, you’ll find an inspiring mix of products, interviews and business advice, including a look at the best of British design, the latest needlecraft kits and some brilliant Father’s Day ideas. There’s also a full report from CHSI Stitches, featuring an exclusive interview with Linda Jones, author of the Craft Report, who shares her thoughts on this ground-breaking piece of research.

Enjoy reading!

Andrea Ashfield, 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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Following requests from customers, sewing kit specialist Corinne Lapierre has been growing her range of felt bundles. This latest addition, heather, features 10 muted shades reminiscent of the Yorkshire countryside. The wool/viscose mix is incredibly soft and luxurious, with 12 colourways available. A pack of 10 squares retails at £10.50. www.corinnelapierre.com

 

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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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Previous Poll Results

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