Craft Focus - October/November 2022 (Issue 93)

7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover When it comes to fine writing or elegant drawing with chalk, the edding 4085, 4090 and 4095 chalk markers are undoubtedly the perfect choice. The markers’ nibs release highly opaque liquid chalk, allowing for reliable writing and marking, even in smaller areas. The edding chalk markers are perfect for drawing on smooth surfaces like blackboards, mirrors and glass. The colours create clean lines on surfaces, yet are easily removable with a damp cloth. With a broad selection of colours and nib sizes, the edding chalk markers offer options as versatile as the purposes it’s used for! For further information visit: A year of reflection It’s been quite the year! Celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and now mourning her loss. Many of our readers, I’ve learned, from our chats in exhibition halls and discussions over Jubilee collections will be very sad at the news, myself included. Many of you stock Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait and images of her beloved corgis on items such as cross stitch kits and tapestries that are sold and stocked in so many of our brick-and-mortar stores and online outlets and it will indeed be a time for adjustment. However, we look forward with optimism to times ahead and in regards to retail, the unveiling of exciting, new commemorative items of our new King. This issue feels very festive. Not only do we have part two of our Christmas feature but we have a four-page special dedicated to our red-breasted, feathered friend, the robin. Each year, this happy little bird graces cards and kits aplenty and 2022 is no exception! We also have an interesting interview with Paul Sacki, Managing Director of Jakar International, and follow this with a section dedicated to artist materials. If that’s not enough we have our usual round-up of all the latest products on the market, industry news and what to expect in the exhibition halls in the UK and overseas – Stiches 2023 is approaching fast and we can’t wait! Happy reading! Rachel Westall Editor EDITOR Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 PRODUCTION MANAGER Scott Brothwell SALES MANAGER Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 538 490 ACCOUNT MANAGER Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 538 555 GRAPHIC DESIGNERS 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 Events & Publishing Ltd, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP Craft Focus is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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 Craft Focus is proud to be associated with and supporters of: