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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 75 - October/November 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
  • Sew what?
Fabric Freedom
Crafters Companion Limited
Hunkydory Crafts Ltd
Space at Toy Fair 2020 sold out

Space at Toy Fair 2020 sold out

Exhibition space at Toy Fair 2020 has sold out, months ahead of the event.

Royal Talens reveals Inktober promotion

Royal Talens reveals Inktober promotion

Running throughout October, Royal Talens' annual Inktober promotion provides retailers with an opportunity to...

Crafter's Companion marks its 14th birthday

Crafter's Companion marks its 14th birthday

Crafter's Companion founder Sara Davies is inviting customers to take part in the company's 14th birthday...

Craft Buddy signs deal with The Range

Craft Buddy signs deal with The Range

Manufacturer and distributor Craft Buddy Ltd has signed a retail deal with multi-channel retailer The Range.

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

Countdown to Christmas

The final quarter of the year offers an opportunity to reflect on the hits and misses of the last 12 months, considering which lines have sparked customers’ imaginations and letting go of those that have underperformed.

With show season on the horizon, it’s also time to turn our thoughts to the next big crafting trends. We’ve got lots to inspire you in this issue, including news of an exciting collaboration between Tilly and the Buttons and The Craft Cotton Company. I’ll be asking director Tilly Walnes what she loves about the industry and finding out about the new jersey collection.

Elsewhere, Steve Barton has some timely advice on turning your bricks-and-mortar shop into a thriving community resource. If you have tips of your own, do let us know.

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

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Available from GMC Publications this November, Jessie Chui's Paper Flower Art (RRP £25) shows readers how to create beautiful blooms using paper. Perfect for bouquets, buttonholes and table displays, this stunning volume is set to be a must-have for papercrafters of all ability levels.


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Promoting a positive work environment

Promoting a positive work environment

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The future of local craft shops

The future of local craft shops

Opinion: Are online retailers and craft TV channels growing the market or harming local craft communities? Steve Barton shares his thoughts... read more

Readers' Poll

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Is your business ready for Brexit?

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Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...Will you be attending any of the following shows in 2020?

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