Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

19 BRAND SPANKING NEW EXACLAIR ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta- Clairefontaine group, has introduced a new collection of Avenue Mandarine ‘Happy Cakes’ creative boxes, which are designed with young baking enthusiasts in mind. Suitable for children aged five to seven years and over, these box sets are available in two popular themes; cats and dinosaurs. Each set includes a 20-page recipe booklet, a rolling pin, paper cupcake cases, wooden picks, stickers and two metal pastry cutters. Lawrence Savage, marketing manager at ExaClair, comments: “Avenue Mandarine is known for providing high quality educational crafting activities that can be shared by the whole family. This new ‘Happy Cakes’ range adds a new dimension to the brand and will inspire both young and older bakers to create fun and unique culinary delights.” +44 (0)1553 696 600 CRAFT BUDDY The company will be working in partnership with Disney to bring a new licensed Crystal Art ® range to market in spring 2021 based around popular Disney characters. Available in a range of kits and sets across Craft Buddy’s established Crystal Art range (also known as ‘diamond painting’ or ‘diamond art) the new Disney designs will bring a touch of magic to the collection, providing timeless appeal to Disney and Crystal Art fans aged 8+ across the UK. Crystal Art sets enable adults and children to create treasured pieces of wall art, cards, notebooks and more. The technique used to produce sparkling Crystal Art is similar to painting by numbers with each design featuring a numbered, adhesive template. Using the magic pick up pen (included), simply lift up the coloured crystals and place them on the corresponding dots. Affixing instantly, the result is a beautiful piece of art which can be kept or gifted to loved ones. At launch, famous Disney characters will feature across all areas of the Crystal Art portfolio with more designs and products being added to the collection across the year. +44 (0)20 3417 6565 CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE Following the successful 14in Bee on Honeycomb cushion, Cleopatra’s Needle is developing its British Wildlife series to include two completely new designs due in early 2021. These are the New 14in cushion called ‘The Duchess’. It depicts the Duchess of Burgundy Butterfly which is a native butterfly to the British Isles, mainly found in England with a stronghold in the central southern areas and more isolated colonies in the Southern Lakes and the North York Moors. The kit comes complete with a printed canvas on Zweigart 12 hpi canvas, all the wool necessary to compete the kit, needle, stitching and making up instructions, colour and black and white charts. The second new release for 2021 is called ‘Hawk Moth’ it depicts the Elephant Hawk Moth, which is a medium-sized hawk moth, on the wing from May to early August and active at dusk. The cushion shows the Elephant Hawk Moth, on nightly flowering Jasmine. The kit comes complete with the same set contents as the ‘The Duchess’ and the ‘Bee on Honeycomb’ cushions. Please note, the photographs are images of the design not the actual cushion. +44 (0)8434 793 071 THE CRAFTY KIT COMPANY Gnomes aren’t just for Christmas! Our favourite little gnomes are back, with brand new hats and coats in lovely spring pastel shades. This kit is perfect for beginners, and a great introduction to the relaxing and fun craft of needle felting. The trade price is £6.80 (RRP £16.95). 