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Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

Ticket lines set to open in May for The Festival of Quilts

The organisers of The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, are delighted to announce that tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2021 will go on sale in May. The live event takes place from 29th July-1st August 2021 at the NEC Birmingham and will be located across four halls of the venue, rather than the usual three, to give significantly more space for social distancing. Safety measures will include capped visitor and exhibitor numbers, extended opening times, pre-booked, staggered entry times, wider aisles, larger workshop rooms, galleries, theatre and VIP lounge with capacity limits and enhanced cleaning, separate entry and exit points, frequent and enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities, and contactless ticket scanning and payment wherever possible. There will also be additional toilet facilities and seating. Anyone feeling unwell or with Covid symptoms will be asked not to attend.... read more

Posted: 15 April 2021

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group to launch online marketplace for B2B retail

Hyve Group is set to launch the Spring & Autumn Fair Online Marketplace. The Online Marketplace takes the wholesale home, gift, and fashion business online, enabling trade with existing and new global partners throughout the year.The Online Marketplace is a brand extension to the heritage brands Spring & Autumn Fair, two live events which are now complemented by a 365 digital trading platform. It will allow brands to access serious, vetted buyers all year round, deepen relationships started at the live events at the NEC, generate leads and take online orders. Buyers can find new products from loved and trusted brands, discover new brands online, build their collections and shop with ease throughout the year.... read more

Posted: 14 April 2021

It’s celebration time at Polkadoodles!

It’s celebration time at Polkadoodles!

This month Polkadoodles is treating crafters to not one, not two but three fabulously versatile collections that you will be reaching for time and time again, all year round! The essential Birthday Surprise collection launched on 9th April (and will be appearing on The Craft Store (formally HOCHANDA) on 6th May) while the two adorable Friends and Toadally Cute mini collections launch later this month on the 28th April. Read more about the ranges here ...... read more

Posted: 13 April 2021

Pavilion Books introduce new titles for April/May!

Pavilion Books introduce new titles for April/May!

From sustainable sewing projects from Sewing Bee star Chinelo Bally to a practical guide to making decorative pajaki folk mobiles, Pavilion Books has you covered for new Spring inspiration. Pavilion Books is a thriving independent London-based publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and all international markets.... read more

Posted: 8 April 2021

Crafter's Companion welcomes new presenter

Crafter's Companion welcomes new presenter

Crafter's TV, the digital platform run by Crafter's Companion, has welcomed a new presenter to its channel. Becky Redican will join Joe Remblance and Ben Moseby as a lead presenter on the channel, working alongside Crafter's TV's existing craft experts.The new presenter brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having run her own craft business for more than 15 years, creating pieces for art and fashion clients. She has mastered a multitude of crafts including wet felting, needle felting, sewing, painting, wirework, woodwork and decoupage.... read more

Posted: 6 April 2021

Great new titles to look forward to from David & Charles

Great new titles to look forward to from David & Charles

David and Charles is an independent publishing company and provider of online learning courses. It supports creative people to develop their skills in arts and crafts. The books are beautifully designed, with a focus on high quality, clear step-by-step instructions. Whether you need a complete guide to learn a new hobby from scratch, or a project book to understand a new trend or technique, we are likely to have the book for you. Here are some excellent titles to look forward to in 2021...... read more

Posted: 1 April 2021

120th birthday of a classic

120th birthday of a classic

Today, National Pencil Day, 30th March, STAEDTLER UK will launch its anniversary campaign to celebrate 120 years of the company's iconic Noris brand. 'The ONE Noris – 120 years of creativity' is a campaign that will honour the Noris brand and products including the market leading yellow and black striped Noris pencil which is widely used in schools across the UK and known across the world. The campaign will include digital marketing activities to generate excitement online whilst also offering retailers a suite of online and in-store campaign assets to help them celebrate the Noris brand with their customers. Beginning in April, campaign elements will be made available via the STAEDTLER online ordering app throughout the year.... read more

Posted: 30 March 2021

Great Pottery Throw Down applications

Great Pottery Throw Down applications

The search for Britain's best home potter has begun! Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throw Down is looking for home potters, so if you're looking to throw yourself into a new challenge then set those wheels in motion! Apply now to take part in series 5! For more info or to apply online, please go to www.pottery.take-part.co.uk The date that applications close is Sunday 11th April, 2021The show is closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19 and we are following the advice of Public Health England.... read more

Posted: 30 March 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

Home & Gift to return to Harrogate for 2021

In response to overwhelming industry demand and in-line with government guidelines, Clarion Events, the organisers of the summer trade buying festival, Home & Gift, has announced their intention to return to a live show format in Harrogate for 2021. Taking place from 18th-21st July across the Harrogate Convention Centre and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, the show will offer the retail industry the first and largest face to-face opportunity for buyers and brands to unite and do business in over a year.... read more

Posted: 29 March 2021

Launch of the 2021 President's Award for Endangered Crafts supported by HRH The Prince of Wales

Launch of the 2021 President's Award for Endangered Crafts supported by HRH The Prince of Wales

The Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) has launched its 2021 President's Award for Endangered Crafts, established last year by HCA President HRH The Prince of Wales. Each year the Award provides £3,000 to a heritage craftsperson who will use the funding to ensure that craft skills are passed on to the future.The HCA published the latest edition of its groundbreaking HCA Red List of Endangered Crafts in 2019, which revealed that there are 107 endangered crafts in the UK. Crafts deemed critically endangered range from millwrighting and horse collar making to watchmaking and tinsmithing. Other endangered crafts include a number of musical instrument making crafts, including brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, harps and Northumbrian pipes.... read more

Posted: 25 March 2021

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