Craft Focus - February/March 2022 (Issue 89)

18 BACHMANN EUROPE PLC Headlining its first ever MCC Announcements, Bachmann Europe Plc unveiled a range of ThunderbirdsTM plastic kits produced under its Adventures in Plastic (AiP) brand. Comprising 11 different kits across a number of scales, modellers can construct detailed models of the vehicles from the original Thunderbirds TV series including all five Thunderbird crafts plus Fireflash, The Mole and Lady Penelope’s iconic car – FAB 1. Debuting in the UK in 1965, the programme has subsequently been watched by viewers around the world and even now is aired on Britbox to the delight of adoring fans both new and old. +44 (0)7739 200 153 UNI-BALL The new PIN Extra Fine brush is a real game changer when it comes to brush lettering and drawing. It’s both an elegant fine art pen and delicate brush script instrument. It’s made from professional quality filaments as seen in cosmetics rather than a conventional fibre tip and is therefore super fine and the nearest thing to working with a classic small artist brush. Because this innovative new pen works like a brush with the control of a pen, you can use it for drawing, filling and brush script. Just like with other uni-PIN pens, you can work the extra fine brush with watercolour. This is because uni-PIN pigment ink is water resistant, so the pens can be used with watercolour as the ink will not smudge when wet. This beautiful brush pen set is presented in a fully biodegradable plastic-free pack that was manufactured in the UK using vegetable inks and sustainable printing processes. The pack showcases original artwork from Modern Brush Lettering by Becki Clark. +44 (0)1908 328 833 THE CRAFT COTTON COMPANY The Craft Cotton Company has released a beautiful collection of seasonal ranges for 2022, available to pre-order now on the company website. Alongside the traditional favourite Holly and Poinsettia designs, there are fun designs featuring The Grinch, Snoopy and Peter Rabbit and a digitally printed organic quilt collection by Victoria Louise. The ranges are sold as fabric by the metre, fun panels and can also be purchased as fat quarter packs and will deliver in July. +44 (0)1618 322 213 KNITTING FEVER Eisaku Noro’s ‘World of nature’ introduces three fantastic new products for SS22. Asaginu combines the finest linen from France with traditional Japanese ‘art paper’ from the Mino area of Japan called Washi. French linen is widely known as the ‘king of linen’ for its softness, ability to create a vapor barrier (e.g. hygroscopic), and durability. Uchiwa is a dk weight summer tweed blend of cotton, silk, and viscose which is put up in a beautiful dragon egg ball yielding 547 yards. Last but not least, Yukata is a lace weight blend of half silk blended with wool and nylon, with Noro’s typical selfstriping colourful nature.