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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 74 - August/September 2019

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • Brand spanking new
  • Bookstand
  • Editor's picks
  • Ask the experts
  • Social media matters
  • Tried & tested
  • Shows, news and events
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Craft Buddy releases its winter collection

Craft Buddy releases its winter collection

Craft Buddy has released its brand-new collection for AW 2019, featuring cards, framed kits and LED...

Major new craft trade show to launch in 2020

Major new craft trade show to launch in 2020

Taking place at Ricoh Arena in Coventry, Crafters' World promises a huge variety of craft materials for...

CHSI Stitches' Craft Report to research new areas in 2020

CHSI Stitches' Craft Report to research new areas in 2020

ICHF Events is focusing on new areas of research for the 2020 Craft Report. The results...

Search Press gets crafty with the WI

Search Press gets crafty with the WI

Search Press will be running a one-day event at Denman College, the WI's Oxford centre for learning.

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

Protecting our future

In recent months, we’ve all heard the increasingly urgent warnings about the effects of climate change on our planet. In a BBC documentary broadcast earlier this year, Sir David Attenborough warned of a manmade disaster on the horizon. His message was clear – unless we take drastic action within the next decade, our environment could be irreversibly damaged.

What does this mean for the craft industry? In this issue I’ll be speaking with well-known figures who are taking steps to improve the output of their own craft companies, from eco-friendly packaging choices to managing waste and energy efficiency. With consumers increasingly demanding sustainable products, this is an issue that’s vital to address.

There’s more topical debate elsewhere, as Steve Barton from Just Hands TV looks at the challenges faced by local craft shops. Margeret Bunn will be explaining how opening the British Craft Trade Fair to the public for one day will help start-ups stay within the sector and Crafter’s Companion’s Sara Davies tells us why trade shows remain as important as ever.  

Enjoy reading.

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

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ExaClair has added new Christmas gift wrap to its Clairefontaine Kraft range. Featuring dinosaurs and sausage dogs, both designs are available in the half-size 'Tiny Rolls' format.

“Following our double award win at the London Stationery Show, we have received unprecedented interest in our Tiny Rolls,” says Clement Rouillard, marketing manager. “We are very pleased to extend the smaller-sized rolls into these on-trend Kraft papers.” For details, visit www.exaclairlimited.com


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