Craft Focus - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 94)

For further information please visit Amazing range, created for kids taking an interest in sewing. These fully functional starter machines ensure kids who want to try sewing can do so in a fun and safe way. Perfect for helping kids develop dexterity and channel their creative energy, Sew Amazing’s line of sewing tools and accessories helps children design and make their own unique clothes and textile pieces. Faster, safer and easier than traditional sewing, Sew Amazing’s range of products means children develop the patience and skills required to create a variety of stunning pieces they can be proud of. Receiving creative commendations from the Toy Shop UK Independent Toy Awards, Sew Amazing products are an ideal companion for kids of six years old or more. Both the Sewing Station and the awardwinning Sewing Studio machines come with everything needed to get started including bobbins, spools of thread and headed pins to name just a few. Kids can unleash their creativity whilst developing their hand to eye coordination. New to Spring Fair and based in The Netherlands, SES Creative offers a wide range of crafting kits for kids from fingerpaint, poster paint, colouring pencils, markers, chalk, play dough and more. Kids crafting experts, Thames & Kosmos return to Spring Fair with a magnificent range of scientific kits to enable kids to explore their imagination and learn through play. The Playwrite Group have been exhibiting at Spring Fair for over 10 years and visitors will find a huge range of craft kits from dinosaur mould and paint kits to jewellery making kits. Reviving an old favourite, Bachmann Europe have gone from strength to strength launching Thunderbird 2, International Rescue’s heavy transport aircraft model kit containing Pod 4 and its cargo Thunderbird 4 and piloted by Virgil Tracy. Within the Gift sector, Spring Fair visitors will also discover Stitching me Softly with a new bathroom basket set with washable wipes alongside its bestselling Plant basket kit in all colourways. Artcuts sees a new spring/summer trend in 2023 for kits with anything floral/ nature focussed. Flowers and animals are very popular, as is mindful/conscious craft – creating something with a purpose. Another trend is sustainable wood crafting (they only source woods from certified forests) and crafting that’s designed to last which people can keep for themselves for a long time or give as a quality gift to loved ones. Artcuts has also noticed that shops now like to run their own workshops with the craft kits they sell, which became very popular over the last year. Exhibitors Hawthorn Handmade are turning 10! This year sees the Dorset based company celebrate a whole decade of making awesome craft kits for beginners and beyond. Explore their kits at the show! Also not to be missed is Southfield and the company’s collection of craft and stationery. Plus, don’t miss out on the opportunity to browse Search Press’s stand. So many titles – and who doesn’t love a new book! 30