Craft Focus - February/March 2022 (Issue 89)

ZWEIGART Soft colours in light pastel tones determine the colour scheme of Zweigart’s booklet Lovely Spring. This ‘Splash’ print in spring-like yellow and green on product 3793 Fein-Aida is particularly suitable as a background for every embroidery. Choose your favourite fabrics of this beautiful colour world and get the free chart at THE CRAFT COTTON COMPANY Wild Dreams is a vibrant collection of hand-drawn floral blooms designed by Paula Milner, The Crafty Lass. Inspired by summer meadows, blossoming bouquets and the true wonder of British nature, Paula hopes these colourful designs truly inspire people to get making and creating. Delivering in March, these organic cottons will surely brighten up your day. +44 (0)1618 322 213 MICHAEL’S BRIDAL FABRICS Michael’s Bridal Fabrics’ main focus for 2022 is to introduce more eco-friendly fabrics into its collection. These are made up of articles with recycled yarns, which include a polyester duchess satin which is available in Shell Pink and Dusky Rose as well as Pale Ivory. There are some qualities with organic cotton and some which are produced from naturel products like, milk, bamboo, corn, rose petals and eucalyptus. At present, many eco articles are only available in natural colours without dyeing, making them even more eco-friendly. One of the French laces is a design the company has run for many years, but it now uses organic cotton and the viscose content is made from wood pulp where the trees are replaced. The design also features four new colours. Michael’s is also planning to replace the base fabric on some of its embroidered tulles with a recycled quality, and the embroidery thread will also be able to be made using recycled yarn. On non eco fabrics, the company has recently introduced two of its best-selling colours of Duck Egg and Dusky Rose into its stretch duchess satin, and a heavy, but very soft double-faced satin in three colours. +44 (0)1322 380 480 SEARCH PRESS Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, and is used to wrap gifts and create bags for carrying things more easily. Once you have learned the basic methods of tying and folding, you can tie furoshiki in different ways to suit the size and shape of the contents within. There’s no sewing involved and, using just a square of fabric, Aurélie Le Marec shows you how to wrap all kinds of items from books to guitars and laptops to wine bottles. You can adapt furoshiki to suit items of all shapes and sizes and, with more than 50 furoshiki folds in this book, explained with step-bystep illustrations and clear instructions, you can help to reduce waste by making furoshiki part of your everyday life! +44 (0)1892 510 850 84