Craft Focus - April/May 2023 (Issue 96)

EXACLAIR Avenue Mandarine, part of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine Group has added a number of exciting new products to their creative ranges, which have been developed to engage youngsters in crafting activities. The Punch Needle Kits contain all the materials needed to create a fun punch needle picture – 18cm x18 cm preprinted fabric, 13 cm diameter wooden hoop, four balls of wool, wooden handled punch needle, plastic needle and instruction sheet. Once the design is completed the wooden hoop doubles up as a frame to display the creation. Available in three cute designs – the unicorn, tiger and toucan. +44 (0)1553 696 600 HAWTHORN HANDMADE Whether you’re a stitching newbie or a needlework ninja, this kit is perfect for you. Hand-packed by Hawthorn’s crafty team in Dorset, UK, you can trust that the quality of this kit is top-notch. The pattern is big and bold, the instructions are clear and easy to follow and the materials provided will make you feel like a pro. Take a break from the daily grind and get lost in a world of pink and fluffy birds or share the love and gift it to a fellow flamingo fanatic. This kit will be a quirky addition to any collection of birdthemed crafts. HELEN ROUND Suitable for adults, without prior experience of sewing, each kit is designed to be sewn by hand. The kit contains all the materials to make a mini quilt which can be used in the home or framed and displayed as a piece of artwork. Beautiful linen, two contrasting cottons, a Milliner’s needle and backing fabrics are contained in a sturdy, reusable cardboard carton with choice of a natural or blue colour theme. All linen is sustainably sourced and incorporates cutting room fabric offcuts from the Helen Round Studio, to help minimise waste. Teaching is through an instructional video, so it’s possible to sew along, stop, start, and listen again as often as necessary. LETISTITCH Summer Splendor (L8054) is a vibrant, uplifting design measuring 24cm x 19cm. The kit contains 54 colours and is a joy to stitch. +44 (0)7780 122 430 +44 (0)7469 364 150 82