Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover This weaving loom kit from Hawthorn Handmade comes with all the materials needed to create a beautiful woven wall hanging, tapestry or woven jewellery. Choose whether to add one of Hawthorn’s pop-up weaving looms to create a complete weaving kit ideal for beginners, or if you’ve already got the loom, just go for the weaving kit without the loom. You can mix this pack with your own stash of yarn, thread and wool, or with another weaving kit! So on trend and can be suitable for so many interiors, depending on your choice of colours – from a baby’s nursery to your lounge. Check out the website for further information: Carry on crafting The world we live in has turned upside-down of recent months. Nevertheless, it’s been amazing to see how the crafting community has remained strong: helping one another, staying connected and supporting the industry. Many of you will be pleased with the announcement that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 th June as part of plans to further ease the lockdown. We do hope that over the past weeks, even though your brick and mortar stores have been closed, those with online shops have experienced a surge in sales as people staying home turn to craft for tranquillity, peace and, well to fulfil boredom! I’ve certainly been entertaining the kids with many craft projects – one favourite being this issue’s tried and tested, supplied by Hunkydory Crafts. The Button It! Pad was a huge hit. This edition has a focus on children’s crafts, fabrics, sewing for the home and crafts for less than £15. We also catch up with many companies including Jim Nicol from TheMagicTouch, Katie Stephenson from Cygnet Yarns and Lisa Miles from Photocentric. Photocentric has been proactive in making face shields for the NHS, so make sure you read all about the company’s fantastic journey. As we continue to live in uncertain and unpredictable times all that’s left to say is, stay safe, keep crafting and we’ll all see each other soon! Rachel Westall Editor Rachel x EDITOR Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SALES MANAGER Sarah Mclean +44 (0)1376 538 490 ACCOUNT MANAGER Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 535 618 GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor, Sarah Young +44 (0)1376 535 616 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Lorna Butcher WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Katie Laley +44 (0)1376 514 000 KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Craft Focus is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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 MEDIA PUBLISHING Craft Focus is proud to be associated with and supporters of: