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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 79 - June/July 2020

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In this issue:

  • Interior sewing trends
  • Kits for kids
  • Rainbows
  • Crafts for under £15
  • Fabrics
  • Buttons & ribbons
  • WIN with The Crafty Kit Company
  • Company profiles
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VENT launches new recycled notes collection for summer 2020

VENT launches new recycled notes collection for summer 2020

VENT for Change, the sustainable stationery brand that protects the planet and supports...

New developments for CHSI Stitches

New developments for CHSI Stitches

ICHF Events is developing new features for CHSI Stitches 2021 including a Platinum Club buyer programme and...

Autumn Fair to return in 2021

Autumn Fair to return in 2021

Hyve, the organiser of Autumn Fair, the marketplace for the home and gift retail industry, and the co-located Jewellery...

Home & Gift announces virtual schedule

Home & Gift announces virtual schedule

The organisers of Home & Gift have announced the launch of Home & Gift Virtual 2020, a three-day digital event...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Carry on crafting

The world we live in has turned upside-down of recent months. Nevertheless, it’s been amazing to see how the crafting community has remained strong: helping one another, staying connected and supporting the industry.

Many of you will be pleased with the announcement that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15th June as part of plans to further ease the lockdown.

We do hope that over the past weeks, even though your brick and mortar stores have been closed, those with online shops have experienced a surge in sales as people staying home turn to craft for tranquillity, peace and, well to fulfil boredom! I’ve certainly been entertaining the kids with many craft projects – one favourite being this issue’s tried and tested, supplied by Hunkydory Crafts. The Button It! Pad was a huge hit.

This edition has a focus on children’s crafts, fabrics, sewing for the home and crafts for less than £15. We also catch up with many companies including Jim Nicol from TheMagicTouch, Katie Stephenson from Cygnet Yarns and Lisa Miles from Photocentric. Photocentric has been proactive in making face shields for the NHS, so make sure you read all about the company’s fantastic journey.

As we continue to live in uncertain and unpredictable times all that’s left to say is, stay safe, keep crafting and we’ll all see each other soon!

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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ExaClair has launched a new Décopatch elephant kit to complement its popular mini kits range, containing everything required for a new Décopatch project all in one convenient box.

The new mini kit, perfect for kids, contains one ready-to-decorate mâché elephant, two sheets of Décopatch paper, one glue pot and a brush, with pictures on the packaging, designed to inspire crafters. Other mini kits include the dinosaur, dolphin, unicorn, rabbit, llama and butterfly, to name a few!

Lawrence Savage, marketing manager at ExaClair, says the mini kits are a great way for children to get creative and have fun: “Simple and original, these mini kits are an ideal activity for children and parents. They offer an imaginative and enjoyable way for the family to spend time together.”

For further information call +44 (0)1553 696 600 or visit the website exaclairlimited.com

 

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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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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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