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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 81 - October/November 2020

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In this issue:

Trend file: Ocean
Making waves

Glues & adhesives
Sticky fingers

Box sets!
Craft kits

Modern Calligraphy Company
Company profile

Art supplies
Create that masterpiece

Sewing & stitching

Patchwork & quilting

Embroidery & tapestry

Envelopes LTD
Envelopes LTD
Craft Buddy Ltd® announces new Disney licensed range for 2021

Craft Buddy Ltd® announces new Disney licensed range for 2021

The company can now reveal that it will be working in partnership with Disney to bring...

Crafting from home with The Handmade Festival

Crafting from home with The Handmade Festival

Creatives are invited to immerse themselves in an imaginative weekend jam-packed with live festive...

Make dozens of cosy creations inspired by Star Wars

Make dozens of cosy creations inspired by Star Wars

Featuring more than 25 projects pictured in gorgeous full-colour photography, Star Wars: Knitting...

Just a Card Indie Week

Just a Card Indie Week

Just A Card Indie Week is being held 23rd - 27th November, 2020. The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday! Just...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Getting in the spirit

Christmas 2020 is going to be a good one. Of course it is, the year owes us that! Feeling festive and fabulous, we have part two of our Christmas special showcasing cards, make-your-own advent calendars, Christmas decorations and more. We also have a sugarcraft feature if you’re going to make your own delicacies; and a craft kits feature with fabulous ‘boxsets’ which make perfect gifts!

As well as our ever-popular brand spanking new feature, we also have a focus on glues and adhesives and keen sewers will enjoy our sewing and stitching special!



I chat exclusively to Kirsten Burke from The Modern Calligraphy Company about how, since lockdown, sales of calligraphy products have rocketed, you can see more of the company’s products in our Art Supplies feature.



With so many trade shows being digital and with the rise of social media, we all can recognise the importance of going online. So, this issue we have excellent advice from the Department of International Trade about how to gain support, encouragement to take the plunge online and how to secure trade deals overseas. There’s help out there if you are wary of taking those first steps.

I hope the final quarter of 2020 hears tills ringing, footfall increasing and most importantly health and happiness.

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

Competition

Competition

Reading about the tesa range is one thing, using it and trusting it is another.

Competition

Reading about the tesa range is one thing, using it and trusting it is another.

Competition

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Introducing the latest addition to eatsleepdoodle's fun colour & learn range – enchanting fairytales and legends design brimming with everyone's favourite storybook characters, knights, princesses, dragons, mermaids, magical unicorns and more... Available in a soft 100 per cent pure cotton (200 thread count) pillowcase and a fun placemat to go, kids can have great fun colouring and discovering favourite characters and icons from fables, myths and legends – including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone and Goldilocks. There's even space to create your own story on the beautiful 'book' print reverse – perfect for encouraging the little ones to practice their creative writing and the pillowcase makes a great addition to story time too. Like all eatsleepdoodle textile gifts, a set of 10 wash-out fabric pens are included and all the ink disappears completely after a warm machine wash (and from anything else in the wash too) ready to be re-used and re-coloured time and time again.

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Natural selection

Natural selection

Britta Kremke owner of Selected Yarns tells us all about how and when the company started and the range of brands they stock. Britta Kremke owner of Selected Yarns tells us all about how and when the company started and the range of brands they stock. The business started as a small B2C online shop (www.schmeichelgarne.de) in 2009, founded by Britta and her husband Carsten. At that time, they had a marketing agency specialised in programming online stores and thought it would be a good idea to have a shop of our own. In 2014, they started their B2B business by importing and distributing overseas brands in Continental Europe as Selected Yarns. In 2016, the couple developed their own brand Kremke Soul Wool. Selected yarns is based in northern Germany, in a small village with 200 inhabitants, right between Hamburg and Berlin.... read more

Let it snow

Let it snow

Keri Ackling CEO of Snow Windows discusses how the company began, their important charity work and how this year more than ever, you should celebrate Christmas and decorate those windows in style. Snow Windows is currently supporting Home-Start - a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. Snow Windows were introduced to Home Start when Kirstie Allsopp asked Tom to design a Christmas card for them in 2019.... read more

Readers' Poll

The UK's second lockdown has been more controversial than the first. Do you agree with the Government's implementation of store and hospitality closures?

The UK's second lockdown has been more controversial than the first. Do you agree with the Government's implementation of store and hospitality closures?

Yes
 
No
 
Undecided
 

Previous Poll Results

Here's the results of our previous poll where we asked...Is your store ready for Christmas?

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Yes the Christmas decs are up! Why wait?
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Not yet, we prefer to wait until at least mid-November
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With so much uncertainty, we are keeping everything low-key this year

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