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Crafting from home with The Handmade Festival

Crafting from home with The Handmade Festival

Creatives are invited to immerse themselves in an imaginative weekend jam-packed with live festive craft workshops and inspiration, as The Handmade Festival Online returns next week. Taking place virtually from Friday 27th – Sunday 29th November, The Handmade Festival Online is offering crafters of all abilities the chance to celebrate all things handmade and get hands-on to learn new skills or hone existing talents, all from the comfort of their own home.The three-day festive-themed programme includes live workshops with creative experts, as well as Q&As with inspirational speakers, where guests can ask burning questions, as well as discover tips, tricks, new skills and inspiration from much-loved experts.... read more

Posted: 24 November 2020

Make dozens of cosy creations inspired by Star Wars

Make dozens of cosy creations inspired by Star Wars

Featuring more than 25 projects pictured in gorgeous full-colour photography, Star Wars: Knitting the Galaxy includes patterns for clothing, home projects, and toys inspired by Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rey, and a whole host of droids, ships, and aliens from agalaxy far, far away. Projects range from simple patterns like the Ewok Hood (sized forboth children and adults!) to more complex projects like the Darth Vader Pullover. It even includes patterns for knitted replicas of a few iconic costume pieces, such as Luke Skywalker's cropped flight jacket from Episode IV A New Hope and Rey's waistcoat and arm warmers from The Last Jedi.... read more

Posted: 19 November 2020

Just a Card Indie Week

Just a Card Indie Week

Just A Card Indie Week is being held 23rd - 27th November, 2020. The colourful, independent alternative to Black Friday! Just A Card is a grassroots campaign on a mission to encourage people to buy from artists, makers, independent shops and small businesses by emphasising that every sale, even just a card, is vital to their prosperity and survival. Now in its fourth year, Just A Card Indie Week encourages people to support, value and buy from independent businesses during the crucial Christmas retail period, which is more important than ever this challenging year.... read more

Posted: 17 November 2020

New engravable gifts available from Trotec

New engravable gifts available from Trotec

Trotec Laser, supplier of laser machines and engraving materials, has expanded its selection of engravable gifts to include a new range of personalisable drinking bottles, mugs and cups.With personalisation becoming increasingly popular among the giftware sector, these new bottles are the perfect addition to any laser business. Made from high-grade 304 stainless steel, these products feature a matt or glitter coloured coating and are easily personalisable with a CO2 laser machine, with the laser removing the coating to create an effective contrast. This makes the addition of designs, logos, slogans and more a fast, efficient process.... read more

Posted: 12 November 2020

Anne Stokes chats to Craft Focus about her new collection

Anne Stokes chats to Craft Focus about her new collection

Craft Buddy Crystal Art® launched its first licensed range of products in collaboration with Anne Stokes, renowned fantasy artist in 2019. Craft Buddy has joined forces once again and released the new autumn/winter 2020 Anne Stokes collection which is available now. Craft Focus editor, Rachel Westall, chats exclusively to Anne about her artwork and inspirations as well as how she has navigated her way through a creative lockdown. Here is what she had to say ...... read more

Posted: 11 November 2020

Giving & Living springs forward

Giving & Living springs forward

Following the new lockdown rules and continuing the Covid-19 uncertainty, Giving & Living, the South West's well known gift and home trade show, has been postponed to the spring of 2021. The show will now take place from Monday 10th May to Wednesday 12th May and will be held at Westpoint, Exeter. It will, as ever, be the place for buyers looking to stock up with the very latest trends in gifts and home accessories for the year ahead.... read more

Posted: 10 November 2020

The online delivery experience: consumers have their say

The online delivery experience: consumers have their say

According to statistics, the UK has the most advanced e-commerce market in Europe. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that revenue from e-commerce amounted to £688.4 billion GBP in 2018, with the value of online retail sitting at £76.04 billion in 2019. With such a recent surge in an already rapidly growing market, the delivery experience when buying products online has become more important than ever. Brands and businesses are focusing their attention on improving their overall service.... read more

Posted: 9 November 2020

Craft Focus is here for you!

Craft Focus is here for you!

As the UK begins its second lockdown, it's more important than ever to stress that Craft Focus is here to support you. Both the editorial and sales teams are all systems go, and know that getting your brand out to the right people is more important than ever given the ongoing show cancellations. Editorial submissions are still being taken for the December/January issue of Craft Focus, with editor Rachel Westall covering everything from Papercrafts to Mother's Day. If you were planning to exhibit at the shows and are now worried about the reduced visibility of your product due to its cancellation – fear not, get in touch.... read more

Posted: 6 November 2020

New dates announced for London Stationery Show 2021

New dates announced for London Stationery Show 2021

Organisers have announced that the 2021 edition of London Stationery Show will take place from 18th to 19th May at the Business Design Centre. Exhibitions in the UK have been halted over the course of the pandemic and were originally due to resume in October. The government Department for Culture, Media and Sport has already approved the event industry's Covid-19 guidance, and was also satisfied with pilot events which took place in September. It is now expected that events will be allowed to restart from March 2021.... read more

Posted: 6 November 2020

Craft Buddy Ltd launches new Thomas Kinkade Crystal Art collection

Craft Buddy Ltd launches new Thomas Kinkade Crystal Art collection

The company expands its Crystal Art Winter 2020 portfolio with the addition of some stunning new designs from Thomas Kinkade - celebrated world-renowned artist and Painter of Light. Rendered in highly idealistic values of American scene painting, Thomas Kinkade's much-loved works often portray idyllic countryside settings such as gardens, streams, stone cottages and lighthouses. Known for his realistic and pastoral subjects, his work can be recognised by his use of colour and glowing highlights. Kinkade was famously quoted as viewing art as "an inspirational tool" and crafters can find their own inspiration in the new Crystal Art sets which would make a distinctive and beautiful piece of art to adorn any wall.... read more

Posted: 5 November 2020

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