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WTTB launches new artworking service to support resellers

An easy-to-use design service has been introduced by one of the UK's leading online print platforms, giving its resellers the opportunity to boost their business and increase capacity. As part of its continued growth, WTTB has now unveiled Artworker+, an additional offering for any customers who have to outsource their design or don't currently offer that facility. And it means that users will have a creative team of experts on tap, without the overheads of taking on more staff and still be able to expand their businesses.

Posted: 24 May 2022

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Autumn Fair almost fully booked

Autumn Fair, taking place on the 4-7th September at NEC Birmingham, is now almost fully booked and a host of industry leading bellwethers set to showcase their latest collections.

Timed to get retailers ready for the Golden Quarter, retail's busiest and most profitable time of year, the market's most innovative and inspirational brands are returning to the September show including stylish and on-trend furniture, textiles and decorative interior accessories from Coach House, Hill Interiors, and the newly launched Mint Interiors by Kettle, within Home; hand-picked and curated Summerhouse stalwarts Pacific Lifestyle and Gallery Direct; best-sellers, contemporary designs, unique and personalised and licensed gifts, stationery and greetings.

Posted: 20 May 2022

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Launch of RSN Sip & Stitch

RSN Sip & Stitch is a brand new annual event encouraging stitch lovers around the world to get together with friends to share their passion, have fun with stitch, and raise funds for the RSN. Taking place on World Embroidery Day on Saturday 30th July, RSN Sip & Stitch is a celebration of needlework for everyone around the globe.The Royal School of Needlework will provide a wide range of ideas and themes to host your perfect event, from RSN Stitch Bank challenges to different theme ideas including Stitch a Selfie, Postcards From Home and Wellness.

Posted: 19 May 2022

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Entries invited for The Fine Art Textiles Award 2022

Now in its fourth year, The Fine Art Textiles Award is an international juried exhibition open to all amateur and practising artists using textiles as their primary medium. The award recognises the creative talents and skills of a broad community of high-calibre artists producing gallery-quality fine art. The winner will be announced at The Awards Ceremony at The Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham on Thursday 18th August at 12.30pm, with a £5,000 prize awarded.

Posted: 17 May 2022

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Ulster Weavers commemorative linen exceeds demand

Ulster Weavers commemorative linen tea towel launched to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne has significantly exceeded demand.

Aligned to the year-long celebration, demand for Ulster Weavers' limited-edition tea towel, which is available through a range of retailers throughout the UK, US, and Europe, has been more than quadruple what was originally envisaged.

Seven decades on from her accession to the throne in 1952, this year's historic Accession Day was observed on 6 February, officially launching the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

As the first British monarch to mark the milestone, the appetite for commemorative memorabilia related to the Jubilee year has been high, explains Joanne Bradley, Business Development Director at Ulster Weavers.

Posted: 13 May 2022

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Creative Craft Show returns

The award-winning Creative Craft Show will return to major cities across the UK this autumn bringing supply shopping and workshops to crafters in Farnborough, Exeter, Glasgow, and Birmingham. From September to November, these shows celebrate the world of creativity bringing the latest supplies, techniques and inspiration to dressmakers, crafters, quilters across the country. Visitors to The Creative Craft Show can dive into yarn, sewing and dress making demonstrations and practical workshops as well as papercraft, jewellery making and felting features.

Posted: 12 May 2022

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One Week Until London Stationery Show 2022

There is now just one week to go until doors open to London Stationery Show. The stationery event of the year will be back in action from 17th - 18th May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. Buyers and brands from around the world will be coming together for three days of business, education, and creativity at the UK's only event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry. We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted: 9 May 2022

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BCTF 2022 Award Winners

The 2022 BCTF Award winners were announced on Monday April 11th in an emotional ceremony that saw the amazing British craft community raise a glass together for the first time since 2019. The award sponsors included some of the UK's greatest champions of British crafts and consistent supporters of the British Craft Trade Fair, an event which is unique for its exclusive focus on handmade British products and inspires great loyalty amongst exhibitors and retailers alike. The incredibly eclectic mix of talented designers and partnerships who make up the BCTF community once again ensured that deciding upon the winners was an extremely difficult task. Along with excellence of design (rich on the ground at BCTF!) many judges were moved by the compelling personal stories they heard from exhibitors and the powerful emotion they were able to channel into work of an exceptional quality and resonance

Posted: 5 May 2022

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Dame Prue Leith backs charity knitting campaign

A Scarf for Lewy, the campaign by The Lewy Body Society to wrap the Royal Albert Hall in a huge scarf to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia, has been given a boost with the support of chef and broadcaster Dame Prue Leith DBL. Dame Prue has joined dozens of volunteers who have already knitted or crocheted a scarf, with the charity aiming to join together enough scarves to wrap around the entire 244 metre circumference of the building, in an event to be held on 22nd September, 2022. Knitting groups and individuals are invited to contribute and help raise awareness of Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of dementia in older people.

Posted: 3 May 2022

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Future For International Trade Conference speakers advise on how to proceed in the current environment

The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.

Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.

Posted: 29 April 2022

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