Craft Focus - February/March 2024 (Issue 101)

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3 CONTENTS In this issue... REGULARS 9 Industry news What’s happening within the craft and hobby market 15 Brand spanking new Brand spanking new products 80 Bookstand The latest book releases February/ March 2024 46 44 FEATURES 46 Trend file: Peach Fuzz Pantone Colour of the Year 2024 revealed 51 Sewing and stitching Sewing projects to keep customers coming back for more 60 Best of British British companies that you can trust! 65 Bright and breezy Spring and Easter crafts 71 New beginnings Spring fabrics 76 Working with quality Craft tools 51 65

4 FOCUS ON 44 Metallic Elephant Limited Vincet Wilson, Business Development Director of Metallic Elephant Limited talks to Craft Focus about the upcoming launch of their two new machines in 2024 58 King Cole Morgan Spicer, Graphic Designer at King Cole spoke to Craft Focus about the company’s exciting year ahead. Knitting has never looked more cool! 78 Lion Brand Yarn Joel Tokash, International Sales Manager at Lion Brand Yarn talks to Craft Focus about creating beautiful, sustainable yarns for knitters worldwide BUSINESS 82 Retailer interview Andrew Wenrick, owner of Lead TIN, a contemporary art supplies and stationery shop in London, talks to Craft Focus about an optimistic year ahead in retail 84 Anti copying in design Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) looks at online design theft, and gives some indepth top tips about what you can do about it… 86 Liberty Fabrics A study conducted by Liberty Fabrics experts, aimed to uncover the finest destinations across the UK for arts and crafts, while providing a valuable guide for craft lovers to choose their next stop on their creative journey SHOWS 23 Shows, news & events Stay up to date with what’s happening in your industry 29 ArtisanMadeuk With its second trade show in March, ArtisanMadeuk is set to double in size in 2024. Here, Organiser Andy Lynan, tells us more... 33 CHSI Stitches preview Exhibitor and show info for the February 2024 event at the NEC 23 65 80 78

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7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover The Spring wrap, by Jody Long, features his new yarn for spring/ summer 2024: Delish: a luxurious fingering weight featuring a duet of Mulberry Silk and Extrafine Merino Wool. Jody Long is a prolific British knitwear designer encouraging a new generation of knitters with his young, fresh approach. A top selling author with over a dozen knitting titles to his name, Jody is also a senior knitwear designer for Knitting Fever and, in collaboration with the company, has launched the Jody Long Yarns which can be found in local yarn retailers across the UK & around the World. Visit: A positive year for retail ahead Firstly, happy new year! I hope you all enjoyed the festivities and are looking forward to a bright year ahead. Word on the street is that the pandemicdriven growth of online shopping has slowed and going into 2024, the in-store experience will be even more important as people want more faceto-face interactions. Retailers are urged to give their customers every reason to shop in person, with convenience and service at the top of the agenda. As a crafting society, we all know to see and to touch is vital with the tactile products we offer. Equally vital are our wonderful trade shows. The elaborate stands, the chats, feeling the softness of that merino wool, seeing the bountiful displays of yarn balls and being inspired again and again – when you thought you’d ‘seen it all’! Nothing beats it. First on the agenda is Creativeworld, followed by Stitches and then h+h Cologne. It really is jampacked and this issue, we have plenty of show news and a Stitches preview with all the information you’ll need to plan your trip. This edition, we also welcome new trends – Pantone has released Peach Fuzz as it’s Pantone Colour of the Year and we have rounded up plenty of peachy products sure to please. We also focus on key themes such as Easter and Spring. I love this time of year, as people want to say goodbye to winter and eagerly await the fresh lemon hues and gingham prints to hit the high streets. I do hope you enjoy the issue and I can’t wait to see many of you at Stitches in Birmingham. Myself and Tracy will be on Stand C03. Happy reading, Louise Prance Editor Rachel DESIGN +44 (0)1376 535 616 ACCOUNTS +44 (0)1376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 Craft Focus is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Craft Focus is published six times a year. ISSN 1758-0900 @craftfocus @craftfocusmag @craftfocus Craft Focus is proud to be associated with and supporters of: ADVERTISING Account Manager Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 538 555 EDITORIAL Editor Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 Peach Fuzz - Pantone’s Colour of the Year Lion Brand Yarn Company

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9 INDUSTRY NEWS  Industry news Latest news from the craft industry STABILO wins Silver in German Sustainability Awards 2023 Demonstrating its dedication to sustainability, STABILO has achieved recognition by securing a silver medal in the 2023 German Sustainability Awards. This signifies that STABILO is heading in the right direction: customers appreciate STABILO products not just for their quality and innovation but also for their commitment to sustainability. The company’s future goal is to attain Gold in the 2024 finals, underscoring its ongoing commitment to reaching elevated levels of sustainability in the manufacturing and supply of all its products. Vanya Hunter, the UK Marketing Manager at STABILO says: “We’re delighted to have been selected as a silver medalist for this prestigious award. In addition to providing a sense of pride for what has been achieved, this award is also motivation for the company’s future to consistently take sustainable action. As a family business, STABILO has always shown staying power and thinks in terms of generations, not quarters. We’re already looking forward to the 2024 German Sustainability Award and hope we can clinch Gold next time!” The awards were presented for a 16th consecutive year by Stiftung Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis e.V. in cooperation with the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment and other partners. Unlike in other competitions, the companies that are allowed to participate in the German Sustainability Award are chosen on the basis of objective AI-supported research. This means that simply being nominated to participate is recognition of the exceptional effort put into sustainable company management and development. Sarah Laker secures a hat -trick win Sarah Laker from Stationery Supplies in Marple, last week completed the remarkable achievement of being crowned Independent Retailer of the Year for the third successive year at the prestigious Boss Awards, held annually to recognise those that have excelled in the stationery office supplies industry over the past 12 months. In addition to the award, Sarah was highly commended in the Professional of the Year category, reaffirming her unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction. “Winning this award for the third year in a row feels such an amazing achievement,” explained a delighted Sarah. “To be recognised for all I do within my local community and within the stationery industry is so rewarding. I have an incredible passion for what I do and the service I provide to my customers and the communities in which Stationery Supplies operates, but also for our industry as a whole, which makes the recognition alongside other such high-profile business names so mind-blowing! I really couldn’t do it without my dedicated team and loyal, valued customers.” Visit:

10 Spring Fair and Autumn Fair welcome new appointments Hyve Group has announced the appointment of two new leaders to the team, Jackson Szabo as Portfolio Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Soraya Gadelrab as the new Event Director for Spring Fair and Autumn Fair. The two senior appointments to the team will strengthen and revitalise the leadership team for Retail’s definitive wholesale shopping destinations, shaping the future of the industry. Nicola Meadows, Divisional Managing Director for the Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering Division says: “We’re thrilled to introduce our two new leaders Jackson Szabo and Soraya Gadelrab who are joining our team. Their fresh perspectives and wealth of experience will undoubtedly invigorate our sector. Bringing together years of experience with a track record of innovation and success, these talented individuals will propel the team forward setting new standards within our industry. “Jackson and Soraya are brimming with exciting ideas that will inspire. Their vision and creativity will shape our future endeavours, fostering growth and excellence. With their arrival, we’re embarking on an exciting chapter; together, driving positive change and achieving remarkable results.” Szabo adds: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Spring Fair and Autumn Fair, brands that are aspirational for anyone in the UK events industry. Spring Fair is coming up to 75 years old and was the first show to call the NEC home as well as being the largest show in Europe. Spring Fair and Autumn Fair exist to serve the retail industry – an industry fuelled by Britain’s entrepreneurs, bellwethers and creative minds and I very much look forward to working with this incredible community to ensure that the shows do everything they can to drive value to retailers and suppliers alike while serving and supporting both exciting, new businesses and institutional incumbents.” Gadelrab says, “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team at Spring Fair & Autumn Fair. I look forward to working with this passionate team to drive forward these heritage events, ensuring we evolve them to reflect the ever-changing retail sector which we serve.” Spring Fair takes place on the 4th to 7th February 2024 and Autumn Fair from 1st to 4th September 2024, both at NEC Birmingham. For further info, visit: Leger Shearings Group re-introduces Stitchtopia Leger Shearings Group, famous for its escorted coach tours, has relaunched the craft holiday specialist Stitchtopia, a brand acquired with the acquisition of the assets of Arena Travel, a company that went into administration in 2022. Stitchtopia offers small group craft holidays, with a maximum of 18 guests, designed and led by crafting experts, including Hazel Tindall, the world’s fastest knitter! Each holiday includes workshops where crafters can learn more techniques, try them out, improve their skills, and work on their own creative project. Crafts included are knitting, crochet, patchwork and quilting, embroidery, and textiles. There’s UK, European and worldwide holidays to choose from in the range, with opportunities to discover more about the crafting heritage and techniques of the destination on selected tours. Accommodation is mostly four-star quality, in central locations, with wellness facilities. There are also breaks combining crafting with wellness activities, such as yoga and pilates. For more information, and to check out the brochure, visit:

11 INDUSTRY NEWS  ACID welcomes new COO Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has announced the appointment of Laura Newbold Breen as Chief Operating Officer. Laura began her new role on 4th December 2023. Having previously been Head of Legal for Magmatic Ltd, which owned the Trunki brand prior to its successful transition to new ownership earlier this year, Laura brings a wealth of relevant experience through her incredible journey on the inside track of a company which, despite its incredible success, had to battle many copycat storms along the way. What better experience could she bring to ACID than being at the coal face of what many in the UK face. Visit the website: Pantone announces 2024 colour of the year Pantone, the global colour authority and provider of professional colour language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has introduced PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz, a velvety gentle peach whose allembracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul as the Pantone Colour of the Year selection for 2024. At a time of turmoil in many aspects of our lives, our need for nurturing, empathy and compassion grows ever stronger as does our imaginings of a more peaceful future. A warm and cozy shade highlighting our desire for togetherness with others and the feeling of sanctuary this creates, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz presents a fresh approach to a new softness. Subtly sensual, PANTONE 13-1023 Peach Fuzz is a heartfelt peach hue bringing a feeling of tenderness communicating a message of caring and sharing, community and collaboration. Dragon’s Den Sustainability Champion Awarded OBE Rachel Watkyn has been awarded the OBE for services to Sustainable and Ethical Business Growth and Exports. Dragon’s Den’s most successful female entrepreneur, Rachel Watkyn, founder of Tiny Box Company, has been recognised for her tireless efforts to help businesses become more sustainable. Rachel says, “This is a huge honour and I am grateful and humbled at being made an OBE for something I feel so strongly about. Tiny Box Company started with a solution to help businesses who want to make the move to be more ethical and sustainable in their practices. I hope this helps give me and Tiny Box a platform to help more businesses make that positive change. Individually we can’t change the world. But together we can make a Tiny Difference.” Tiny Box company is a premier supplier of ethically sourced, recycled packaging. It was founded in 2007 when Rachel had an ethical jewellery business but discovered it was almost impossible to find recycled packaging to showcase her products. Since it was founded Tiny Box Company has provided bespoke printed and plain packaging to over 200,000 clients, from cottage industries to large brand such as the BBC, Netflix and Boux Avenue. Recycled and recyclable boxes, bags, ribbon and stickers are hand printed at The Tiny Box Company print and distribution centre in Sussex and highly bespoke products are made at our Tiny Box Maker factory in Cornwall. Any products that are imported from other countries go through a thorough due diligence process which includes Rachel visiting each factory personally to see working conditions to ensure they meet her high standards of ethical practice. Visit:

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13 ADVERTORIAL INSPIRE AND CREATE DESIRE: WHY YOU SHOULD STOCK OUR CRAFT MAGAZINES Would you like to boost your shop’s footfall, customer loyalty and spend? You can with our bespoke range of Australian craft magazines. Here’s why… Shopping isn’t just a buzz, it’s an experience that can be made even better by stocking our craft magazines! Crafters can indulge in their passions by picking up a must-have title with eye-catching covers and project descriptions that create desire and practically sell themselves. Magazines aren’t just a luxury for crafters, they’re a necessity. Hobbies and interests are essential to their lifestyle and keeping up-to-date with the latest information in their niche is important. Unlike one-time purchases, magazines offer a fresh and exciting product with every issue that crafters are more likely to buy regularly. Our Australian craft magazines aren’t available in newsagents or high street retailers making our magazines a unique drop-in for customers with a love for crafting. Retailers who stock our range of craft magazines have seen a significant increase in footfall in their stores. Crafters rely on specialist magazines for their regular feed of information, and this is great news for retailers who want to increase their profit margins with great bolt-on product lines in craft stores. By catering to your customers’ needs and stocking our exclusive Australian craft magazines, you can gain an even greater advantage over other local craft stores. As more people are turning to crafting hobbies as a way to fill their spare time inexpensively, your reputation and profits will soar once word gets around that you offer these must-have magazines. CRAFT YOUR ADVANTAGE: The benefits of stocking our specialist craft magazines to boost your business and meet your customer’s needs… 1Craft magazines are a powerful product category to attract and retain customers. As a specialist craft retailer, offering our range of exclusive craft magazines will draw customers to your shop, as they can’t be found in local newsagents. Crafters are dedicated to their craft and are more likely to buy every issue of their favourite magazine, providing a compelling reason for them to return to your shop and build customer loyalty. 2Stocking our range of craft magazines will enhance your reputation and increase customer satisfaction. 3The right selection of craft magazines can perfectly align with your existing products. They complement your core product lines, driving sales and customer engagement. 4Craft magazines are always up-todate, providing timely information and on-trend inspiration to your customers, keeping them engaged with the latest developments in their craft. 5Craft magazines are an easy sell. Eye-catching covers and inspiring content make them highly attractive to customers, encouraging impulse purchases and incremental sales. 6Regularly refreshing your craft magazine display provides a steady stream of fresh inspiration. There’s always something new, tempting customers to return for more. 7Craft magazines are a light on valuable retail space, with a high sellthrough rate and light in-store footprint. 8Craft magazines are a perfect impulse purchase. 9Specialist craft magazines inspire and create desire for specific materials and products, providing a valuable cross-selling opportunity for retailers. As customers see new techniques and projects, they’re more likely to purchase the materials needed to bring their ideas to life. 10Craft magazines offer customers valuable tips and ideas, helping them improve their knowledge and skills in their craft. As their abilities grow, so does their spend, providing additional opportunities for retailers. 11Staff members will also benefit from reading craft magazines, staying up-to-date with the latest trends and techniques in their craft, which can also inspire and inform in-store crafting classes. 12Retailers can earn a minimum of 30% of the cover price of craft magazines, providing a profitable revenue stream that can help to support the growth and development of your craft business. In summary, stocking magazines can attract new customers, increase footfall, boost sales, and add a profitable revenue stream to your store, while also providing customers with new and interesting ideas and treat they deserve. Feb/Mar 2024 FEB/MAR 2024 your heart in your hands a u s t r a l i a n SUNSHINE & LOLLIPOPS Designed by Anni Downs with Tilda Jubilee fabrics Welcome to the festivities! PATCHWORK A SUMMER QUILT CROCHET A SUN HAT AMIGURUMI A STRAWBERRY DOLL APPLIQUÉ A BRIGHT CUSHION CREATE A FRAMED EMBROIDERY 2024 BOM BEGINS NOW! PATCHWORK • APPLIQUÉ • EMBROIDERY • CROCHET • KNITTING • TOYMAKING No. 217 (Vol. 25.1) AU $12.95* NZ $12.95* (Both incl. GST) HSP2501_OFC_FINAL.indd 1 7/12/2023 9:32:57 AM If you’d like more information, give us a call on 01672 514288, or email us at:

15 BRAND SPANKING NEW  Brand spanking new Check out some new and exciting products in the current market HAWTHORN HANDMADE Embark on a crafting safari with the Lion Mini Needle Felting Kit from Hawthorn Handmade. Whether you’re a felting cub or a seasoned pride leader, this little lion is sure to be the pride of your crafting collection. Made with 100 per cent British wool, you can feel the quality with every stab. The kit comes with everything you need, so you can jump right into the fun without hunting down supplies. +44 (0)1258 863 873 KING COLE This super-soft 50 per cent cotton 50 per cent antipilling acrylic yarn is gently spun giving it a denim effect look. It’s available in a variety of shades. +44 (0)1756 703 670 BOTHY THREADS Bothy Threads is delighted to introduce cross stitch designs by brand new artist Lizzie Spikes of Driftwood Designs. Starting her Bothy Threads journey with a tour through the seasons in the Full Moon Collection. Budding, Flower, Hunter’s and Snow Moon are a modern twist on traditional landscape cross stitch designs, featuring a baby badger and a sneaky fox as well as blooming flowers and glistening snow. Choose your favourite season or set yourself a challenge and stitch all four! Worked on 14 count white Zweigart Aida with pre-sorted stranded cottons, using cross stitch and back stitch, RRP £33.49 per design.

16 LION BRAND YARN Blanket yarns are a growing, vibrant segment of the yarn category. Lion Brand Yarn is very excited about its new family of blanket yarns, expanded from its beloved Cover Story. The six yarns in the family are comprised of different fibres, CYC weights, and colour options, so there’s something for everyone. International - US - KNITTING FEVER Experience the colour spectrum with new ‘Colour’ birchwood needles by Lykke. Resin infused with seven different colours, this set is visually fun while making it easier to identify each size. Available in popular grey denim or black velvet, these needles pop with colour! If you feel like going au naturale Lykke has introduced a line of needles that are resin infused for the same quality and comfort, but with no colour dye added to highlight the natural hue and grain of the birchwood. HERITAGE CRAFTS The Peaceful Harbour (MSPH1739) by Mel’s Stitches measures 20.5cm sq and has an RRP £34.99. The design is available on 14ct aida or 27ct evenweave fabric. BEHRENS GROUP The new year sees new collections arriving from all of the company’s suppliers for delivery in the second half of 2024, including a new collection from Hannah Dale for Maywood Studio, ‘Whiskers & Paws’. Behrens Group is also pleased to confirm that it’s now the distributor in the UK and Ireland for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. These extensive collections ensures that there’s something to suit everyone’s taste! +44 (0)161 872 1444

Blossom with creativity and let your ideas bloom this springtime Website: Email: Phone: 01298 78447 Coming soon swimsuit * activewear boardshort * knit The Fabric Fairy is your primary source for boutique and trendy swimsuit fabric, boardshort fabric, organic knit fabric, and athletic knits for the entire family!

18 EXACLAIR Inspire young minds with Avenue Mandarine 3D Puzzles— crafted for little discoverers aged four to eight. These captivating puzzles offer a playful twist with delightful themes like dinosaurs, unicorns, boats and many more. With 15 to 17 pieces, they strike the perfect balance of challenge for curious minds. Beyond fun, these puzzles promote problem-solving skills, fine motor development and imaginative play, making them a cherished source of entertainment for children, allowing them to explore the joy of learning through play. +44 (0)1553 696 600 THE CRAFTY KIT COMPANY This 100 per cent cotton drawstring bag, designed under license from Beatrix Potter™ ©, is ethically made in India and measures 21cm x 29.7cm. It’s the perfect thing to keep all your crafty bits and bobs together and would make a great gift for a crafter! +44 (0)1620 860 907 THE FABRIC FAIRY The Fabric Fairy has introduced FlexSoft in seven new shades. FlexSoft is a brushed Interlock spandex that’s a great choice for your next activewear collection! This fabric looks stunning in solid colours and has a buttery soft hand that feels like a second skin. Stay dry and comfortable during the most intensive workouts due to the hydrophilic wicking finish paired with the excellent stretch and recovery. These high performing qualities make this fabric perfect for yoga apparel, leggings, or any activewear garment. STOCKWELL CERAMICS These lovely, blue Agapanthus buttons were created and inspired by the huge swaying blooms to be found growing wild in the summer months on the Isles of Scilly the spectacular little islands just off the coast of Cornwall. Stockwell Ceramics is a Cornish based crafts company producing high quality ranges of handmade ceramic buttons, brooches, pendant necklaces, earrings, cufflinks and hanging decorations. All of the products are handmade in its studio.

Alan Provisor ONLINE Fabulous range of braids tassels and cords in amazing colours. Check out the website or call me 01204 465233 | Native Lighting is a manufacturer of Task Lighting and Magnifiers for the Craft Industry. | 01173 709995 Native Lighting @nativelightinguk We provide: Daylight Lamps, Desk Lamps, Floor Lamps, Magnifying Lamps, Portable Lamps, Rechargable Lamps, USB Lamps, Low Vision Lamps, and more. Check out the website for many different designs.

20 MAMA MAKES Mama Makes has a tool system to help with stamping in card making, journaling and scrapbooking. They also sell stamps, stencils and some fantastic 3D printed tools that are a craft room staple. Featured is the Rotate Mate will be featured at Stitches, stand A26. SINCLAIRS With the rise in popularity of the Artgecko Freestyle Sketchbook, Sinclairs has now launched the book in an A5 size too. These books have been made for use with paint markers for artists who love to layer up and on the go. They’re a perfect size for bags or backpacks so you can now make your mark wherever you are. The silky smooth hybrid paper is combination between a marker paper and a Bristol board and allows for layering up to 50 times. Also new is the Artgecko Stashy Gecko – Memory Scrap Book. Featuring Jet Black inner card, a soft buttery textured cover and a black silk tie ribbon closure – this book makes for a lovely gift whether you decide to pre-decorate it or not. It’s available in one size only. +44 (0)1943 461 144 GREENFINCH BOOKS Phoebe Jones is on a mission to make weaving accessible to all. In her debut book Made Weave Love, Phoebe shows you the joys of weaving and how this gentle and intuitive craft can spark creativity in your life. Covering the very basics from the essential tools and how to build your own loom, to selecting the perfect yarn and finding colour and design inspiration, Phoebe carefully guides you through everything you need to get started. Packed with beautiful photography and step-by-step tutorials throughout, this go-to guide - featuring projects for both beginners and advanced crafters alike - will give you the skills you need to confidently weave gorgeous masterpieces that spread style and colour throughout your home.

Embroidery Kits and Project Books Crewel Freestyle Stumpwork 3D All levels Quality materials, clear stitch guidance for both Right and Left handers and proudly British made Trade Enquiries: STAND OUT from the crowd RRP £22.00 Master the art of weaving with over 20 stunning projects From fibre artist, weaving expert and social media sensation Phoebe Jones, comes Made Weave Love – a modern guide to weaving. Publishing 14th March 2024 and available to order from all good booksellers @quercusbooks @quercusbooks TRADE-WIRES.CO.UK Unit 2, Zone A Chelmsford Road Industrial Estate, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1HD Tel: 01371 238 013

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23 SHOWS & EVENTS  This season’s most unmissable events Shows, news & events Diary dates CHSI Stitches 25th – 26th February, 2024 Birmingham NEC h+h cologne March 22nd – 24th March, 2024 Cologne, Germany Artisan Made UK 23rd – 24th March, 2024 Skipton Auction Mart h+h americas 1st – 3rd May, 2024 Rosemont, USA London Stationery Show 14th – 15th May, 2024 Business Design Centre Creative Empowerment as the key theme of h+h cologne 2024 The leading international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies, h+h cologne, is presenting itself from 22nd to 24th March 2024 as an inspirational ordering platform for textile handicrafts. Under the new key theme, ‘Creative Empowerment’, the trade fair is going to be the meeting point of the industry’s most creative minds, who will come together to engage in an exchange on the current collections, trends and services for knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery and crafting activities. For next year’s event, h+h cologne 2024 has set itself the overarching goal of supporting the individual growth of the handicraft industry: The changing needs of the specialised trade and the digital challenges the industry is increasingly faced with are the reasons for choosing ‘Creative Empowerment’ as the motto of the event. In addition to a large spectrum of product innovations, the trade audience can look forward to an extensive, partly new, event programme that focuses on the current key theme. The latter addresses industry-relevant issues like: Which marketing strategies and tools does the industry need to remain sustainable? How should we prepare ourselves for the digitalisation and future generations? And how should the specialised trade position itself? Shaping the future oneself The key to strengthening the industry lies in the joint transfer of knowledge: The trade fair offers the ideal platform for networking and establishing valuable contacts for future growth. Through a tailor-made set-up comprising of product, service, event and learning offers, the industry is to become inspired and capable of fully exploiting its potential so that the own business can be aligned in a sustainable and competitive way. h+h cologne 2024 is placing a particular focus on business-relevant aspects such as marketing and extending the reach via different sales channels and platforms. In exclusive ‘deep dive workshops’, which enhance the trusted talk programme, exhibitors, content creators and trade experts will convey crossplatform strategies and recommendations for action. This aims to inspire the participants to rethink their own business perspectives, discover innovative approaches and try new things out on-site. Statements about the key theme Katrin Schön, Director of h+h cologne emphasises: “Challenging times also offer the handicraft trade above all new opportunities - if it understands how to implement its creativity to accomplish the lovely products and projects of its target group. We offer know-how and funpacked support in allowing people to get to know stationary and digital solutions they can subsequently implement successfully in their businesses.” “The key theme Creative Empowerment stands for the special strength of our industry: Creativity is what drives us to continually set new trends and be able to develop innovations, which we use to inspire totally different target groups to design their own items. Creativity ensures that our industry constantly further develops and sees changes not only as a challenge, but also as an opportunity to try new things out. h+h cologne offers the industry an ideal platform for this purpose,” added Hedwig Ehlen, CEO of Initiative Handarbeit e.V. Interactive events The new event concept of h+h cologne 2024 encompasses several interactive and experiential formats that are allocated to a specific zone and that are each dedicated to the key theme ‘Creative Empowerment’. The trade audience can look forward to exciting talks, masterclasses, deep dive workshops, a podcast studio and a creator zone on the different event areas, which feature varying contents and formats. On the last day of the trade fair, h+h cologne is organising the Future Talents Day, where young talents and start-ups can network with established industry professionals and companies and look for joint forward-looking solutions. This enables aspiring talents to gain exciting insights into different occupations within the specialised trade, the latter benefits in turn from creative input generated by the newcomers’ new perspectives, ideas and trends. As such, h+h cologne 2024 not only offers inspiration and innovation, but also the opportunity to jointly shape the future of the handicraft industry.

24 Paperworld Middle East wraps up successful edition Paperworld Middle East, the largest international show for paper, stationery, arts and crafts, office supplies and school products recently concluded its 12th edition . Held in conjunction with its co-located event, Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East, the exhibition grew 50 per cent from last year and welcomed visitors from over 100 countries. Commenting on the 2023 edition, Syed Ali Akbar, Show Director for Paperworld Middle East and Gifts and Lifestyle Middle East said: “Over the course of the three days, visitors to the show have been able to explore over 400 exhibitors and more than 1,000 brands. The events set the ecosystem for the international paper trade in the region and gather industry leaders from every corner of the world under one roof. This year has been a resounding success with many productive deals secured.” On the closing day of Paperworld Middle East and Gift and Lifestyle Middle East , visitors were able to unlock their creative potential at the inspiring Artistry Workshops, taking place in collaboration with Funun Arts. As well as painting and sculpting, these workshops offered a unique opportunity to learn about arts-based sustainability projects, bridging the gap between physical and digital art and the power of art therapy. The next edition of Paperworld Middle East and Gift and Lifestyle Middle East will take place from 12th to 14th November 2024, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). More information is available at: Three for one! Visitors to Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion and Embroidery and the Creative Craft Shows at the NEC, Birmingham from the 14th to 17th March 2024 can discover the latest trends, stock up on supplies, meet the industry’s top names, take part in workshops and marvel at live demonstrations. The show will have an inclusive theme, with the return of Clive Bruder from the ‘We Sew Too’ movement representing that crafting is for all. On Saturday 16th March a fully inclusive catwalk show for sewers will take place offering a celebration of creativity, talent, and diversity within the sewing community. This show is designed to showcase the incredible skills and craftsmanship of sewers from all walks of life, irrespective of age, gender, body type, or level of experience. Plus there will be the chance to catch up with previous contestants from the Great British Sewing Bee in the Juki area. The Creative Craft show is a haven for paper crafting, art materials, jewellery, ribbons, and other hard crafts including willow weaving, pottery, mosaic and printing demonstrations, so there are plenty of opportunities to gain advice from industry experts, as well as the chance to try something new. From silver clay to marquetry, quilling and needle punch workshops, the show is packed with every type of craft only limited by imagination. Visitors to the shows get three shows for the price of one with their tickets, giving them access to Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery and The Creative Craft Show. For more information visit CONSUMER NEWS! Returning to Glasgow The Scottish Quilting Show and The Creative Craft Show return to the SEC in Glasgow from 7th to 9th March, celebrating the skills and talents of artists and crafters; inspiring visitors to take up a hobby of their own. The Scottish Quilting Show is a world-class showcase of patchwork and quilting bringing together a kaleidoscope of colourful galleries from leading quilt artists including Sarah Payne Quilter, Leah Higgins, Jennie Rayment, Golden Bobbins, Voyage Art Textiles and many, many more; there is a lot to excite and inspire. As the one-stop patchworker’s paradise for Scotland, this is the show to visit for supplies, competitions, workshops and talks. Quilting competition entries will be on display and prizes awarded at the show during the prize giving ceremony. This year the show welcomes back a new improved VIP Lounge for visitors, where you’re guaranteed a seat and cuppa, plus you can leave your coats and bags, whilst you peruse the show in comfort. Included in the ticket price is a free workshop run by Sew Confident and a free gift from Vlieseline. Taking place at the same time, and for the price of one ticket, those visiting the Scottish Quilting Show will also have access to The Creative Craft Show, Glasgow, featuring papercraft demonstrations, jewellery making and beading as well as knitting, stitching and dressmaking. Visitors can boost their craft stash with the latest products from the world of creative craft and be inspired by new and exciting techniques and tips. Visit:

26 h+h americas on record course again The third edition of h+h americas is poised to break records again. With still a few months to go, 242 exhibitors from 21 countries have already committed to booth space for this dynamic and rapidly growing event. Among them will be group exhibits from Germany, the UK and Italy along with individual exhibitors from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Hongkong, Hungary, India, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Serbia, South Africa, the US and Turkey. Based on broad industry request for earlier show dates h+h americas will be held from May 1st to 3rd 2024 (Wednesday-Friday) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center in Rosemont/Chicago. The organiser has opened a second hall at this year’s event to accommodate the high demand for space and to offer over 69 first-time exhibitors an opportunity to participate. The conference program will be organised again in partnership with the Craft Industry Alliance and consists of 50 sessions designed to help small business owners take their businesses to the next level. Tuesday, April 30th will be a day focused on education, advanced masterclasses, content creator summit, product academy, and ‘sample it’. From Wednesday, May 1st until Friday, May 3rd attendees will be able to enjoy keynote sessions, visit business classes, an interactive learning lab, a fashion show, a cosplay competition and view the latest trends in the exhibit halls. The 2024 event expects 2,500 – 3,500 professional attendees who will find the latest trends in yarn, fabric and sewing materials with many international product lines normally not seen before in the US. For more information visit: Craftworks announces partnership with Cox London Founded by sculptor-makers Chris and Nicola Cox in 2005, Cox London is known for creating exceptional pieces of lighting, furniture, and artworks inspired by the flow and structure of natural design and order, using craft skills both ancient and modern. Cox London serves a global clientele of private clients, collectors, interior designers, galleries, and institutions. Cox London’s craftmanship will be on display at the show with a dedicated space showcasing their artworks. Nicola and Chris will join many other industry experts on a series of panel events and seminars. The inspiring programme will be announced in due course. Partnering with Craftworks feels like a natural alliance to Cox London. Creative Director Chris Cox said: “Together with Jay and his team, Cox London are committed to nurturing and securing the future of great makers”. Nicole Chrysostomou, Event Director, said: “We’re pleased to announce that Cox London will be joining us as our headline sponsor for the inaugural Jay Blades presents Craftworks at Shoreditch Town Hall. Cox London’s expertise in artisan craftsmanship aligns perfectly with the values of our exhibition, they’re a real success story of how honing your skill as a maker can grow into a global business. Together, we aim to showcase the excellence of British craft and design.” Curated by furniture restorer and eco designer Jay Blades MBE, Craftworks aims to host some of the best contemporary craft and vibrant new makers, welcoming collectors, interior designers, architects, retailers, hospitality buyers and enthusiasts to discover, buy and commission original craft across disciplines and materials. Held in London’s iconic Shoreditch Town Hall, Craftworks provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the skills of talented craftspeople and makers exhibiting their work at the event. Various exciting sponsors who share in the exhibition’s vision of securing the future of craft have already been secured, including online furniture and antiques retailer Hunt Vintage. TV presenter, Jay Blades MBE, said: “I’m excited to bring Craftworks to life here in London, as it will be the first of its kind. This event will not only reflect my principles of great design, education, and restoration, but most importantly will ensure the futureproofing of the craft sector”. So far, over 60 exhibitors are set to attend Craftworks, and the event has attracted endorsement from the country’s premier craft organisations and charities, some of which will be exhibiting at the event, including QEST, an art and craft educational trust created to sustain traditional British craftmanship; Heritage Crafts, the national charity for traditional heritage crafts which works in partnership with the Government; and Design Nation, the leading membership portfolio for contemporary craft and design in the UK. Jay Blades presents Craftworks will be taking place at Shoreditch Town Hall from 15th to 17th May 2024. For further info, visit: