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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 95 - February/March 2023

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In this issue:

Best of British
These companies proudly fly the flag for Great Britain

Trend file: Viva Magenta
Pantone Colour of the Year 2023 revealed

Hop to it!
Spring and Easter crafts

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

Tools of the trade
Craft tools

Fresh starts
Springtime fabrics

Newness coming to Manuscript Pen Company

Manuscript Pen Company is excited to announce the introduction of new products this March. The new additions...

Traditional toys on top in £3.6bn market

The British Toy & Hobby Association (BTHA), organisers of the Toy Fair, and The NPD Group announced their...

Crafter’s Companion's Craft Club exclusively available at QVC UK

Crafter's Companion is launching its brand-new Craft Club series exclusively...

London Stationery Show announces LaunchPad winners

After dozens of entries and a scrupulous round of judging, London Stationery Show are delighted to...

From the editor

New year goals

Welcome to our first issue of the year! Already, just weeks in, so many people are talking to me about their goals. In retail, this has been goals of weekly window changes, new setups in store and trying to keep up with the fast world of social media – whether that’s daily Facebook posts introducing products or a walk around your store on Instagram stories! This positivity is vital in the progressively digital world and we’re supporting you every step of the way!

This edition we’re excited to have our Stitches preview. I’m so excited to meet with you all again and see and hold new products for myself. Do check out our Show Preview to give you a taster before your journey to Birmingham.

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Bothy Threads who are celebrating 30 years in business this year – that’s no mean feat, congratulations. Also, to Storigraphic – Nic and Roz, the dynamic pair who started this company are bursting with creativity and their designs are not to be missed – especially their new collaboration with Hornsea Pottery!

We also have focus on the newest, freshest spring fabrics, a spotlight on companies flying the flag for Britain, as well and a craft tools section to make sure you’re making light work of your crafting projects.

If that’s not enough, we’ve dedicated a roundup of amazingly vibrant products that tie in with Pantone’s Colour of the Year – Viva Magenta!


Rachel Westall, Editor

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