Craft Focus - February / March 2021 (Issue 83)

STOCKWELL CERAMICS These Union Jack ceramic buttons are available from Stockwell Ceramics’ Union Jack Range. They’re made entirely by hand in Cornwall, UK and are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Light and robust, they’re suitable for all knitting, sewing and interior design projects. The beautiful ceramic, handmade, Scottish thistle buttons embody all the iconic loveliness of the timeless designs by William Morris to be found in the Heritage Range of the Stockwell Ceramics website. What could be more British than a Scottish thistle designed by such a great British craftsperson? This design has delighted and inspired generations of designers and makers and is as fresh today as it was when conceived over 100 years ago. +44 (0)1579 351 035 CRAFT BUDDY Chesham based Craft Buddy Ltd has experienced a year of exponential growth across its arts and crafts business as demand for its products soared during 2020. This was due in part to people needing to be kept busy during lockdown and the surge in appeal of at-home hobbies. In response to consumer demand, the company recently announced the opening of a second warehouse at its Buckinghamshire based HQ in order to expand storage and distribution capabilities, creating additional jobs across the local area. Craft Buddy has also announced a major licensing partnership with Disney which will see new ranges featuring iconic and much-loved Disney characters across the company’s Crystal Art® collection. Launching in spring 2021, the company is expanding its influence across the toy retail network both in the UK and Internationally and is looking forward to seeing how the new ranges are received with both its core fan network and a new generation of consumers. The company also works with celebrated British fantasy Artist, Anne Stokes across a highly detailed and distinctive collection of Crystal Art notebooks. +44 (0)20 3417 6565 DOODLECRAFT DESIGN DoodleCraft Design is a British business based in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. It’s run by Debbie and Gavin Harding who design and deliver classic and contemporary cross stitch and blackwork embroidery charts and kits through their website, from their studio and at craft and stitching shows across the UK. Debbie is the creative impetus and designer and both she and Gavin creates the kits to fulfil the orders and they both attend the shows. DoodleCraft Design is known for stitched games boards but is also focussed on other functional stitching with clocks, cards and coasters among kits available in the ‘Creating by Stitching’ range. The company does however also create more traditional picture designs as part of its ‘Painting by Stitching’ range which includes animals, birds and flowers inspired by the beautiful British countryside around them. DoodleCraft Design can also create charts from photographs as part of its Photo-2-Needle service and add customisation to the games boards to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift. THE CRAFTY KIT COMPANY The Crafty Kit Company loves bees, and with this new 2-D needle felting kit it’s easy to create a beautiful realistic bee picture on a blue-marl felt background. The kit contains quality wool-mix felt, 100 per cent wool for felting, and all of the tools needed to create the finished project. All Crafty Kit Company products are made by a small dedicated team in its workshop in Scotland. The trade price is £6.40 (RRP £16).  71 BEST OF BRITISH