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

7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover King Hopkins, the frog that graces our cover is a new stamp for January 2022 from Lavinia Stamps. All Lavinia’s stamps are created from hand-drawn images by Designer Tracey Dutton. These beautiful, finely detailed stamps will open a creative door for any avid crafter. To view more inspiring designs, please visit Christmas cheer Christmas is the ultimate season for retail – and as 2020’s Christmas was cancelled we have a lot to make up for! I’ve heard on the grapevine that so many more people are making their own cards, decorations and even gifts this year and I am all for it! As a mum of two, I love nothing more than making reindeer cards out of tiny brown footprints and getting the old PVA glue out. When they’ve gone to bed, I prefer to get out my grown-up box of craft supplies, terrified of the little one’s blunting the nibs of my favourite metallic markers! Please do support your local retailers this winter and get crafty. Natasha Necati speaks to Craft Focus this issue about other important dates in the diary that retailers should really earmark on, such as Easter and Black Friday, to really make your business profitable. You can read all about what she had to say on page 89. This edition we have five pages dedicated to 2022 trends. Craft Focus has spoken exclusively to big industry names about what they expect will be big in the world of craft and stationery over the year ahead. We also have a spotlight on Mother’s Day, Papercrafts and some fabulously cosy crafts to get you through the colder months in our winter product showcase! Wishing you all a happy Christmas and a fantastic 2022, Rachel Westall Editor EDITOR Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SALES MANAGER Sarah Mclean +44 (0)1376 538 490 ACCOUNT MANAGER Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 538 555 GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Sarah Hill, Stephanie Hodder, Vicky O’Connor +44 (0)1376 535 616 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Lorna Butcher WEB DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Stuart Weatherley DIGITAL MARKETING COORDINATOR Katie Laley +44 (0)1376 514 000 KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Craft Focus is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility of the standing of advertisers nor by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Craft Focus is published six times a year. ISSN 1758-0900 @craftfocus @craftfocusmag @craftfocus MEDIA PUBLISHING Craft Focus is proud to be associated with and supporters of: