Craft Focus - Page number 20 - August/September 2021 (Issue 86)

20 ZWEIGART Zweigart has introduced a new embroidery Booklet ‘Namaste’. Zweigart provides a broad range of great quality needlework fabrics which are colour-fast and easy-care. All the company’s needlework fabrics are made in Germany and help to bring creative embroidery ideas to life. In the new embroidery booklet Namaste (Order No. 104/325) everything revolves around this meditative sport: Geometric mandalas, small motifs on the subject of self care and well-known yoga figures round off the topic perfectly. The matching colour scheme with a combination of petrol blue and shades of purple and beige in Aidas, evenweaves and linen fabrics form the perfect background for every embroidery. FOLCLORE CRAFTS Did you know that it’s possible to make a bag with the bark of a tree? The vegan leather alternative, cork fabric, is made by gluing cork sheets to a backing support. So often we’re offered mass production products with synthetic backings but Folclore Crafts took this fabric to the next level, changing polyester and PU for certified cotton fabrics. Now Folclore can say it has a 100 per cent plant-based and sustainable material. This cork and cotton fabric was born from the joint work of Folclore Crafts and a Portuguese cork factory. Using a handcrafted process, they’re able to offer customised products. It’s possible to choose from an amazing range of colours and natural patterns and to pick the best pure cotton backing from different weights. A lightweight cork fabric will be perfect for garments, a medium and a heavyweight material can be used in bags and other fashion accessories or in home interior projects, including upholstery. Even reversible options are possible. Handcrafted, sustainable and with Portuguese soul, cork and cotton fabric from Folclore Crafts offers more than a leather alternative SPECIALIST CRAFTS These brand new Spectrum Artist Oil Pastels from Specialist Crafts Ltd have a luxurious softness which offers superb blending qualities and a great laydown of colour. Available in assorted packs or 12, 24 and 36. +44 (0)116 269 7711 Hamilton House, Mountain Road, Leicester, LE4 9HQ PEAK DALE PRODUCTS Peak Dale’s new eco party pack includes 10 crackers with snaps, jokes and raffia, 10 party crowns and 20 bunting flags with natural jute twine. They are all made with recycled kraft card and are left blank for your own designs. If the crackers and hats are already sorted, Peak Dale also has the Eco Bunting Packs. These are the same recycled kraft card and come in packs of 25 or 300 for those extra special parties. These come with enough natural jute twine to hang them too. +44 (0)1298 78447 S&S HOME SUPPLIES LTD. T/A OLFA UK handle until you hear a click, then reattach the handle, and you are good to go. Olfa’s Top Sheet cutter is a revolutionary, compact safety cutter that carefully cuts the top layer without damaging layers underneath. This is all done using an innovative, auto-pressure control system. Moving a slider on the back adjusts the tension of a spring that presses the blade against the cutting surface. This way, you can alter the cutting depth anywhere from ‘min’, for cutting something as thin as newspaper, to ‘max’ for cutting thicker materials. It’s perfect for scrapbooking with the ability to only cut through a single sheet of a newspaper, magazine, or card. Still, it’s also great for cutting through films, plastic sheeting, tapes and more. Olfa’s advanced production process ensures that the replaceable TSB blade has unparalleled sharpness for clean cuts and minimal risk of tearing. Edge retention is also exceptional, so a blade lasts a long time. The tool includes two blades in a convenient, built-in storage section that can hold up to five in total. When a blade does eventually dull, lift off the grey covering at the base and take out a spare. Then, divide the handle and slide the yellow blade extender down until the knife is apart. Now, safely dispose of your dull blade and replace it with a fresh one. Finally, slide your replacement blade back up the handle. until you hear a click, then reattach the handle, and you’re good to go. +44 (0)20 8204 1422