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Craft Focus magazine is a bi-monthly trade publication for the craft industry, distributed to Art & Craft shops, Toy shops, Model shops, Haberdashers and Needlecraft retailers.

Each issue contains detailed information on upcoming trade shows and reviews many new and innovative products, enabling retailers to make informed and profitable buying decisions for their business. Find out more about the magazine here.

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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 102 - April/May 2024

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In this issue:

Needlecrafts
Cross stitch, embroidery and tapestry options

Summer product showcase
Get creative this summer with these bright ideas!

Father's Day
Delightful designs for the doting father figure in your life

Stylish stationery
Cool designs to jazz up your work space

Wax lyrical
Candle making supplies

Urgent call for retailer take-back schemes to tackle textile waste crisis

Over half of all clothing thrown away ends up in landfill – that is...

STABILO announces new partnership with ASDA

Leading European manufacturer of pens, pencils, and other writing instruments, STABILO, has announced a...

BLE 2024 preps for 25th anniversary celebrations

Visitor registration has opened for Brand Licensing Europe 2024 as organisers ramp up celebrations...

Craft for cats - with Cats Protection

Cats Protection is holding five different at-home Craft for Cats events this year, which means you can try your...

From the editor

What a bumper issue we have. To kickstart, we’ve been chatting with our friends over in the Big Apple as we discuss the upcoming NY Now summer market taking place this August at the Javits Centre, NYC. Myself and many of our readers have visited and even exhibited there before and it really is a show to be reckoned with. Do check out our three-page Q&A to fi nd out all the details... you’ll be Stateside before you know it!

As we head into summer, we take on some Italian flair as we check out the terrazzo trend that’s taken the décor world by storm. You too can decorate items in your house in the funky, mosaic style - there’s some fantastic box sets to make your product with everything you need in the box! 

We also have a feature focussing on eco-friendly craft items. Consumers are buying more consciously and are looking for items responsibly packaged with little negative environmental impact. Shoppers are mindful of reducing waste and upcycling wherever they can, so do be inspired and bare this in mind when choosing what to stock on your shelves.

Our other jam-packed features include Crafts under £15 - for those giftworthy purchases, children’s crafts and back to school!

And lastly, please shout if there’s anything you’d like to see in the magazine, we love to hear from our readers. 

Enjoy the warmer days ahead and keep on crafting!

Rachel Westall, Editor

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