Craft Focus - April/May 2022 (Issue 90)

10 New papercraft expert joins Crafter’s TV Papercraft expert, Corrine Robinson is joining live crafting channel, Crafter’s TV. Corrine is the latest craft expert to become part of the digital channel dedicated to crafting and run by Crafter’s Companion. She will demonstrate craft techniques and inspiring makes live on air alongside the existing Crafter’s TV team including Sara Davies and Leann Chivers. With over 20 years of crafting experience under her belt, Corrine comes to the channel after six years with the Tattered Lace brand. A dedicated papercrafter she has been crafting since 2001 and specialises in cardmaking. Corrine, who lives near Nottingham with her husband, said: “I tried a craft class and from the first moment I was hooked! I’m a papercrafter through and through, I love making foam flowers and am looking forward to developing my art and colouring skills. Some of the first dies I ever worked with were from Crafter’s Companion - I love Crafter’s products and can’t wait to learn more about all of the new products they have coming up. But most of all I’m looking forward to being part of the team here – they’re so inclusive and welcoming!” Crafter’s TV is an interactive platform where crafters can find inspiration, education and shop while they watch. Crafter’s TV currently broadcasts more than 40 hours of live shows each week, shining the spotlight on new and innovative crafting products with live tutorials and demonstrations. It is the only digital channel to offer 100 per cent audience engagement with live and constant chat throughout every show. Jeni Santillo, Head of Broadcast Operations, said, “We’re so thrilled to welcome Corrine to the Crafter’s TV team. Her experience, crafting skill and sense of fun will make her a real asset and we can’t wait for everyone to get to know her live on air!” With love from Lithuania The SoloCrafts team have been able to work closely with their Lithuanian friends at Riolis and were delighted to be given the opportunity to bring their beautiful needlecraft into the UK all those years ago. Their attention to detail means great quality kits and stunning designs, some of their latest are pictured here. The full Riolis collection includes designs for cross stitch, embroidery and diamond painting, and covers just about every style and theme from abstract to traditional, wildlife to cottage scenes. All three of these lovely cross stitch kits feature the special Riolis wool/acrylic thread, which allows true to life colours and great fill on the Zweigart aida fabrics used in all their kits. Riolis also use Anchor stranded cottons for some of their designs and the threads used will always be the best for the individual design, to ensure the final piece is something you’ll be proud to hang on your wall. SoloCrafts continue to look forward to bringing their latest releases to the UK market, and these can be found at or contact the team for more information or a catalogue: +44 (0)161 464 7313 or Staedtler announces enhanced partnership with Artstat Staedtler is pleased to announce that from January 2022, the company has entered an enhanced partnership with Artstat, the specialist distributor of creative materials. Artstat provides an excellent service to independent retailers, having previously stocked a limited selection of Staedtler products, the company will now be offering a much wider range of Staedtler’s best-selling products, both stationery and craft ranges. The partnership with Artstat will be of particular benefit to smaller independents. All retailers are still able to purchase direct from Staedtler. Philip Wesolowski, Managing Director of Staedtler (UK) Ltd comments, “The Artstat partnership provides an excellent opportunity for some of our smaller customers to access a wide range of Staedtler products, benefiting from low minimum order values (currently £50 to qualify for free delivery) and the option of a next day delivery service.” Sharon Stokes, Sales Manager of Artstat adds, “We’re delighted to be working more closely with Staedtler. We love the heritage, quality and value and we are proud to have added hundreds of bestselling lines to our range which will be available to purchase in multiples of pack sizes, or in singles. To view our catalogue simply click the image on the home page of our website.” Trade customers who are interested in finding out more about Artstat can contact: Sharon Stokes by email: To register for an account please follow the link from the homepage