Craft Focus - April/May 2023 (Issue 96)

7 EDITOR’S LETTER On the cover The COLOP e-mark go is one of the most compact, handheld mobile printers on the market. Ideal for everyday use, it fits into your pocket and can be used no matter where you are. The printer is controlled by a freeto-download app where you can create your own designs or choose from one of the many pre-set templates to help you get started. Both the printer and the app have been developed with ease of use in mind, making the COLOP e-mark go perfect for all walks of life! For more information, visit the website: Looking ahead to summer Whilst writing my summer product showcase – a whopping five-pager this issue – I was sat at my desk with a large cup of tea and a blanket over my knees, albeit spring. It really is taking it’s time but the sun will be returning soon. Do check out these vibrant pages, the products are bound to make you feel good and full of inspo for the holiday makers and local customers looking to boost their creative side with a crafty purchase this summer! We have some fabulous interviews this issue, from South Wales’ stamping legends Visible Image to America’s Darrin Stern, Show Director of h+h americas, who has given us an exclusive lowdown about the upcoming June event in Chicago. If that’s not enough, we even caught up with Corinne Lappiere about what’s been happening in her busy design studio! This issue we report back from CHSI Stitches, with an insight into Linda Jones’s Craft Report; as well as our London Stationery Show preview – we’re counting down the days! As always, we have many up-and-coming products dotted throughout to make your store offering tip top for the months ahead; whether you’re stocking up for Father’s Day, have a new baby in the family to knit for or just want some new needlework kits to keep customer’s coming back for more. Happy reading and see you at LSS! Louise Prance Editor Rachel DESIGN +44 (0)1376 535 616 ACCOUNTS +44 (0)1376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis +44 (0)1376 535 602 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: ADVERTISING Account Manager Tracy Voice +44 (0)1376 538 555 EDITORIAL Editor Rachel Westall +44 (0)1376 514 000 THE CRAFTY KIT COMPANY It was love at first sight when I saw these strawberry cupcake needle felting kits at CHSI Stitches! BOTHY THREADS I adore this counted cross stitch kit, His Majesty The King, out in time for the Coronation.