Craft Focus - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 88)

18 MICHAEL’S BRIDAL FABRICS Michael’s Bridal Fabrics is now offering a sample book exclusively for eco fabrics, which will be ready by the end of the year. This includes plain satins, crepes, mikados and tulle along with qualities made from milk, oranges, corn and rose petals. There are some new lace designs including French organic cotton qualities, and recycled Guipure qualities. There’s also some new Italian embroideries. The company is also taking steps to ensure it becomes as ‘green’ as possible in all areas. More information is available by request. +44 (0)1322 380 480 KNITTING FEVER For most people, tweed conjures up images of cool, crisp fall weather and all that this implies; apple-picking, leaf-peeping, simmering stews, football games and of course, hand-knitted woollen garments. Knitting Fever’s new fall/winter ’21 yarn from Ella Rae, Elegant Tweed, is just that. It delivers both tweed and elegance at the same time. The superfine alpaca, wool, poly and silk blend provides the elegance while tiny multicolour woolly nubs throughout give this yarn its classic tweed look and feel. A gauge of 12-15 stitches per four inches using US 9-11 (5.5mm-8mm) needles classifies this as a bulky yarn − which will make for quick stitching. Elegant Tweed contains 240 yds/100g per skein and is available in a total of 10 subdued shades. GROVES PONY has been working hard to create an environmentallyfriendly solution for single use packaging and the company has fulfilled the brief perfectly. Not only has PONY removed any plastic but have replaced it with a jute case. The jute plant has an extremely low carbon footprint and is an amazing crop for the environment as the plants are rain fed and require no pesticides, fertilisers or irrigation. These cases are sturdy and customer ready. There will be no worries of the pins escaping with a neat popper on the back to keep them safe. These plastic-free, space-saving cases are perfect for the environmentally conscious knitter. VISAGE TEXTILES LTD Wild Dreams is a vibrant collection of hand drawn floral blooms designed by Paula Milner, The Crafty Lass. Printed on organic cotton, Paula’s second collection is inspired by summer meadows, blossoming bouquets and the true wonder of British nature and can be ordered now for delivery this spring. Paula hopes these colourful designs truly inspire people to get making and creating. +44 (0)161 832 2213