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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 77 - February/March 2020

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In this issue:

  • Industry news
  • Brand spanking new
  • Bookstand
  • Ask the experts
  • Social media matters
  • Tried & tested
  • Out of the blue
  • Spring fling
Envelopes LTD
Fabric Freedom
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Stationery Show Awards open for entries

Stationery Show Awards open for entries

Hosted by London Stationery Show, this year's Stationery Awards are now open for entries, with new regional...

New summer courses at West Dean College

New summer courses at West Dean College

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation has revealed its summer school programme for 2020. Between 24th...

Dartington Hall Trust launches British craft courses

Dartington Hall Trust launches British craft courses

Dartington Hall Trust has announced a new range of British craft courses for 2020, with subjects...

Royal School of Needlework reveals latest exhibition

Royal School of Needlework reveals latest exhibition

The Royal School of Needlework will open a new embroidery exhibition at Hampton Court Palace on...

From the editor

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

In with the new

It’s the start of a new decade, and another action-packed year for the craft industry. Kicking off the proceedings in style is the 42nd edition of CHSI Stitches, which takes place at the NEC this February. You can find your essential show guide in this issue, including a look ahead at some of this year’s most exciting product launches, and the lowdown on the amazing educational opportunities on offer. I also caught up with Simon Burns, managing director of ICHF Events, who told me how the show has adapted to stay relevant in today’s fast-paced environment. 

There’s also plenty of product inspiration in this issue, including a look at this season’s new fabrics, and ideas to make the most of the spring and Easter sales period.

Lastly, don’t forget to come and meet the Craft Focus team at Stitches. We’ll be exhibiting on stand G17, where you can sign up for a free copy of the magazine. We can’t wait to catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Andrea Ashfield, Editor

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If you're heading to CHSI Stitches this weekend, organiser Simon Burns has a few words of advice. "Spending a bit of time planning your visit will pay dividends on the day and help you to stay focused," he explains. "It's very easy to go into 'magpie mode' at the show, with so many shiny new products on display. That said, do make sure you build in a good chunk of time for browsing and be open to new ideas and lines."

Read more of our exclusive interview with Simon HERE. Don't forget to visit the Craft Focus team at the show too - find us on stand G17.

 

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