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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 103 - June/July 2024

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In this issue:

Eco-friendly crafts
Your favourite crafts and hobbies in a more sustainable way!

Creature comforts
Making for the home

Treat yourself
Crafts under £15

Craft cupboard essentials
Ribbons and buttons to top up your collections

Children's crafts
Keep children engaged and busy with these crafty products and kits!

Backpack essentials
Back to school

JPS Stationers wins Pentel merchandising prize

Ray Williams of JPS Stationers in Chesham, Buckinghamshire is the winner of the trade competition...

Hawthorn Handmade celebrates new partnership with Ryman

Hawthorn Handmade, known for its high quality beginner craft kits, is thrilled to announce a...

Dragons’ Den star Sara Davies confirmed as keynote for Brand Licensing Europe 2024

Sara Davies MBE, the dynamic entrepreneur and youngest female...

Koelnmesse celebrates 100th anniversary with opening of Confex

To mark its impressive 100th anniversary, Koelnmesse is hosting a grand opening...

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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