Craft Focus - June/July 2020 (Issue 79)

9 INDUSTRY NEWS Industry news Latest news from the craft industry  Vlieseline Quilt-along The 2020 Festival of Quilts will switch to an online format to accommodate as many of the annual quilting events and competitions as possible and in order to celebrate this event, Vlieseline has created a Quilt-along project to engage quilters and crafters in lockdown during the weeks leading up to FoQ. Vlieseline has partnered with author and designer Laura Strutt who is creating a quilt suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners, using Vlieseline Quickscreen Square and Vlieseline 80/20 Cotton Wadding. Live demonstrations can be viewed on the Vlieseline Freudenberg Facebook page https:// on ce a week starting week beginning 6 th July, 2020. Everyone is welcome to join this activity, including the free quilt pattern and step-by-step instructions from this page. Vlieseline would also like to invite participants to enter their quilts into an online competition offering a prize of £100 worth of Vlieseline products. Please follow and like the Facebook page for updates on this upcoming event. Vlieseline would like to highlight the excellent work carried out by Project Linus w ho would be grateful for any quilt donations after this event. The organisation aims to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home-made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community. To find out more about Vlieseline products, please visit the website; TheMagicTouch: behind the mask The world now accepts the reality of wearing face masks and coverings will be part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, and as expected the immediate demand for mask personalisation and design decoration has dramatically escalated over the past few weeks and will continue to do so for many years to come. Currently there appears to be a vast range of options, materials and styles together with various claims relating to specification and personal safety. We have witnessed during the lockdown a host of online videos and clips of many creative people making masks from socks, pants, bra’s and a host of other household items! TheMagicTouch offers an option for mask personalisation and short run production avoiding high minimum orders for the customer. Image transfer enables customers to have exactly what they want with the advantage of being able to evaluate a sample prior to final order. Decoration options include TTC, T.One and WOW transfer papers suitable for either cotton, polyester and most fabrics regardless of colour or composition. The transfer process is quick and very efficient when applied using either a cap or combo heat press. White masks made of 100 per cent polyester can also be decorated using the sublimation transfer process. Using the latest in Oki CMYK and CMYK+White toner printers with transfer paper offers a quick, safe and very economical method for production. Cost per transfer reduces dramatically utilising the multi-transfer features maximising the layout. The current entry-level A4XL (CMYK) toner printer inclusive of RIP is available for £399 plus VAT and comes complete with three-year warranty. Regardless of what mask you choose, TheMagicTouch is available to assist with the best options. Visit fo r further information.