Craft Focus - February/March 2022 (Issue 89)

UNI-BALL The folk at uni-ball UK pride themselves on supporting artists from around the world. Earlier this year they took the opportunity to promote the best of British talent when designing their new plastic free uni-PIN packs. The company chose British artist Heidi Sharp to illustrate the Artist Selection, Sketching Essentials and Elegant Tones packs. Heidi has done an amazing job illustrating the uni-PIN’s creative capabilities. The result is a creative way of showcasing each PIN nib size and colour in the pack. Heidi Sharp is an Essex-based multidisciplinary artist. She specialises in illustration, printmaking and painting. She was a perfect fit for the company as her detailed, graphic illustration style shows off the tremendous line variation of each PIN pen. Take a look at her insta: @heidirosesharp. The company is looking to celebrate and promote more British artists in its packaging and social media output, championing the best of British creativity for 2022! +44 (0)1908 328 833 The Crafty Kit Company Packaged in a bright and attractive box, inside this needle felting kit by The Crafty Kit Company you’ll find everything needed to make a wonderfully woolly Highland Cow, including a special wool blend for an authentically shaggy coat. Clear instructions guide crafters through every step of the project, which provides approximately five hours of crafting enjoyment. The RRP is £18.95. +44 (0)1620 860 907  ARTCUTS For customers seeking UK made gifts, this wooden Meadow Craft Kit featuring Liberty flowers is gloriously British! With an emphasis on design, this kit captures the essence of an English meadow and displays delicate hand-drawn stems and pretty flower heads. For a luxurious finish the company has designed floral embellishments that are adorned in Liberty of London’s Margaret Annie fabric. Each wooden blossom captures the intricate patterns of this iconic print as well as adding rich colour to the finished meadow decoration. Focussing on simple crafting techniques, the kit is achievable for all levels of makers to create a beautiful standing decoration. With helpful instructions, makers will learn how to colour the wooden meadow using specialist ink and will be guided through decorating the embellishments, bringing the meadow to life. It’s made from sustainable FSC certified Scandinavian birch wood, which is smoothly sanded for quality results. Each one of Artcuts’ craft kits is designed and manufactured from the company’s studio and workshops in the Surrey Hills. The RRP is £19.95. +44 (0)1342 843 843 HAWTHORN HANDMADE The Triceratops Mini Needle Felting Kit is the newest addition to Hawthorn Handmade’s dinosaur collection. Using 100 per cent British wool this is an amazing kit for any dino fan out there. The RRP is £12. +44 (0)1258 863 873 49 BEST OF BRITISH