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Craft Focus magazine - Issue 84 - April/May 2021

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In this issue:

Father's Day
Gifts for dad

Wellness & wellbeing
Take time to look after yourself

Bring me sunshine
Summer product showcase

Brand spanking new
New products on the market

Jungle fever
Animal prints, bright colours & pure vibrancy!

Needlecrafts
On point!

Competition
Your chance to win with Specialist Crafts on p82

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WIN with Specialist Crafts

WIN with Specialist Crafts

You can win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils (competition open to trade customers only). The new...

BCTF acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions

BCTF acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) has been acquired by Kerrison Exhibitions Limited in a deal completed on...

Spectrum Noir launches new Colourist Collection

Spectrum Noir launches new Colourist Collection

Spectrum Noir is launching its brand-new Colourist Collection sets, which aim to teach the user how...

ExaClair launches new Whiteboard notebooks

ExaClair launches new Whiteboard notebooks

ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine group, has launched a new range of...

From the editor

Rachel Westall, Editor

Retail revival!

Yes! All non-essential retail can reopen from 12th April, 2021! I for one, cannot wait to browse the bright summer stock, chat to friendly shop owners (rather than simply clicking ‘add to basket’) and seeing our streets come to life slowly but surely. The feeling of holding bags full of creative goodies is a buzz that’s hard to be recreated online. Let the retail revival commence!

Over the spring, the Government will run a scientific Events Research Programme. This will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes. We do hope the results are positive, so we can start taking laps of our loved exhibition centres by summer. Come 21st June 2021, all being well and all boxes being ticked, we could be living in a very different UK, with the promise of all current legal restrictions being abolished.

To help you get your stock ready please enjoy this issue packed full of bright products in our summer product showcase and our trend file entitled Jungle Fever! We also have a spotlight on Father’s Day with great ideas for men; plenty of needlework inspiration; and our all-important wellness and wellbeing feature – no one is saying the months ahead will be easy so take time to relax and look after yourselves. We have some wonderful, calming projects that may give you the perfect excuse for some ‘me time’.

Finally, Specialist Crafts has sponsored this issue’s competition where you can win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils to trial yourself or give away to your customers! Click here to enter www.craftfocus.com/competition

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

Win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils from Specialist Craft Ltd to trial yourself or give away to your customers!

Competition

Win one of 20 sets of 48 Spectrum Artist Colour Pencils from Specialist Craft Ltd to trial yourself or give away to your customers!

Competition

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ZWEIGART® has introduced their new seasonal booklet 104 / 322 KIDS XXL Little Farm. Especially in times like these, children look forward to creative activities at home. The new embroidery idea booklet in Zweigart's XXL series offers many great motifs on the subject of farms. With extra-large charts, counting is easy for children to learn and implement.
Zweigart provides a broad range of great quality needlework fabrics which are colour-fast and easy-care. All needlework fabrics are made in Germany and help to bring creative embroidery ideas to life.
For further information email info@zweigart.de or visit the website www.zweigart.de

 

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