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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
Fabric Freedom
Crafters Companion Limited
Hunkydory Crafts Ltd
Spectrum Noir launches month-long art and craft celebration

Spectrum Noir launches month-long art and craft celebration

Art supplier Spectrum Noir is launching a month-long celebration of all things arty...

New SDEA Display Directory launches

New SDEA Display Directory launches

The new SDEA Display Directory is available now free of charge to display buyers and specifiers.

Crafters get buzzy making bees

Crafters get buzzy making bees

Crafting group Grans on the Make has joined forces with ICHF Events to launch a bee-making iniative, inviting...

Vlieseline appoints Janet Kolle as key account manager for the UK

Vlieseline appoints Janet Kolle as key account manager for the UK

Vlieseline has announced the appointment of Janet Kolle as key account manager for...

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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Editor loves...

Andrea Ashfield, Editor of Craft Focus magazine
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We love Craft Buddy's new Forever Flowers range. Each DIY flower-making kit allows crafters to create their own floral designs. There's a variety of different options, and the product can be used for everything from lighting displays and wreaths to bouquets. The interchangeable flower heads allow the user to tweak the design according to the occasion, whether it's a summer barbecue or wintry Christmas place setting. For details, visit www.craftbuddyltd.co.uk


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Readers' Poll

Will you be attending any of the following shows in 2020?

Will you be attending any of the following shows in 2020?

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Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...How was footfall in your shop over the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018?

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