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Advertising Feature: The Magic Touch

An introduction to the growing market for full colour product personalisation transfer using image digital transfer processes. Offering a multitude to decoration possibilities onto cotton and polyester textiles, glass, wood, leather, ceramics and a whole lot more.

Call them on 01582 671444 or email at sales@themagictouch.co.uk

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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 79 - June/July 2020

Latest issue of Craft Focus magazine is available now

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
Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

According to the BBC (9th May, 2020) more than one in 10 people in the UK has learnt something new...

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Christine and Nigel Bell started Pinflair in June 1990 producing specialised polystyrene and beaded kits using pins,...

Retailer Ryman helps Children’s Charity During Covid-19 Pandemic

Retailer Ryman helps Children’s Charity During Covid-19 Pandemic

Starlight Children's Foundation is to provide a bolstered version of its current...

New Crystal Art Rainbow stickers to raise money for The Care Workers

New Crystal Art Rainbow stickers to raise money for The Care Workers

You can help to support those helping the nation's must vulnerable whilst...

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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Spark your creative imagination with this felting wool bundle. The Bright bundle from Hawthorn Handmade contains 10 vibrant rainbow shades of ethically sourced merino wool roving (approximately 100g in total).

The wool bundles are a perfect partner to add colour to your felting projects and some woolly texture to your weaving. Each comes in a clear box so you can easily find the colour you need.

Email: admin@hawthornhandmade.co.uk or visit the website for more info: www.hawthornhandmade.com

 

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Buttons and more with Stockwell Cermaics

Buttons and more with Stockwell Cermaics

Buttons and more with Stockwell Cermaics: Stockwell Ceramics is a craft company based in the beautiful Tamar Valley in south east Cornwall. A small team of Cornish designers working in a converted barn and have produced many thousands of ceramic buttons over the past 25 years supplying museum shops, galleries, craft shops and makers of all sorts throughout the world including The V&A Museum, National Museum of Scotland and York Art Gallery. The buttons are hugely popular in Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.... read more

Learn to make a pencil case with Vlieseline

Learn to make a pencil case with Vlieseline

Learn to make a pencil case with Vlieseline: For more than 70 years, Vlieseline has been offering a wide range of interlinings for clothing and creative needlework. Here, the company gives step by step instructions to make your own pencil case, whether you're returning to education or simply to use in the home... read more

Readers' Poll

In what way do you think COVID-19 will affect business for the better?

In what way do you think COVID-19 will affect business for the better?

Consumers will shop more sustainably
 
Gifting will see a surge later in the year
 
Consumers will be eager to resume normal spend habits
 
Personal interactions in-store will become more important
 

Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...Planning ahead, what are you most looking forward to in the future?

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A stroll down my local independent high street
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Our first in-house team meeting!
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Dinner at my local restaurant
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Booking my first flight abroad!

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