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Sustainable knitting

Sustainable knitting

The GOTS vision is that organic textiles will become a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. The GOTS standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecological and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilisers. In addition, it includes welfare standards for animal husbandry and prohibits genetically modified organisms.Owner of Selected Yarns, Britta Kremke, talk to Craft Focus about the importance of stocking GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified yarns.... read more

Posted: 24 June 2021

BCTF Online to welcome the best of British makers

BCTF Online to welcome the best of British makers

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is now less than a week away from the launch of BCTF Online 2021, which will run from June 27th – July 1st and is unaffected by any changes to the lockdown roadmap.Some of the best British makers are getting ready to present their latest collections to gallery owners and other independent retailers, with products that range from ceramics, fine art and glasswork to jewellery, fashion accessories, greeting cards and home fragrances, all handmade here in the UK.... read more

Posted: 21 June 2021

Craftfoam introduces new white shade to the range

Craftfoam introduces new white shade to the range

Craftfoam, the robust extruded polystyrene material known for its strength and versatility manufactured by Sheffield-based Panel Systems, is now available in white, extending choice even further for customers. White Craftfoam benefits from the same versatile properties as other colours in the range, including grey and green. The material is lightweight but strong and can easily be cut, shaped, sanded and modelled using a variety of different hand tools and without the need for any specialist equipment.... read more

Posted: 17 June 2021

Home & Gift 2021 will go ahead following government announcement

Home & Gift 2021 will go ahead following government announcement

Following the government announcement on 14th June, 2021, Home & Gift Buyers' Festival organiser Clarion Events has confirmed the show will be going ahead as planned in July.Co-located with Manchester Furniture Show, it is taking place from 18th to the 21st July and is set across the Harrogate Convention Centre (HCC) and grounds of the DoubleTree by Hilton Harrogate, meaning ample space for exhibitors and visitors to adhere to the Covid-secure requirements with social distancing measures in place.... read more

Posted: 15 June 2021

Exciting new animation series launches for pre-schoolers

Exciting new animation series launches for pre-schoolers

Manuscript launched its Lionheart Collection in 2019, with a range of arts and craft products for children aged three to 10 years old, specially designed to support development, learn new skills and offer additional benefits, such as pen control, concentration and mindfulness for young learners. Following the success of the range, the company has now decided to bring The Lionheart Collection to life with a series of animations about the characters which is aimed at children aged three to five years old, as well as extend the product range. The Lionheart Tales animations will feature on YouTube, and include Arthur, the Mayor of Lionheart Town and his friends, who will each have a heartfelt message to help children develop.... read more

Posted: 15 June 2021

Crafter’s Companion launches products with Next

Crafter’s Companion launches products with Next

Crafter's Companion, the global art and craft retailer, is excited to announce a new partnership with Next. The company is working with the multinational clothing and homeware retailer to sell products from two of its sought-after brands, Spectrum Noir and Violet Studio. The items are already available to buy online! Violet Studio, Crafter's Companion's fashion-forward craft and stationery brand, launched in February this year. Next will sell a variety of the brand's card kits, notebooks, paper pads, wax seal kits and more. The retailer will also stock a number of products from Crafter's Companion's popular art materials brand, Spectrum Noir. These include the brand's Illustrator and Classique alcohol markers, AquaBlend water-based markers, Acylic Paint markers, Discovery Kits and Metallic markers.... read more

Posted: 11 June 2021

New scene-scapes from Lavinia Stamps

New scene-scapes from Lavinia Stamps

Lavinia Stamps has introduced a new range of scene-scapes along with two new stamps recently featured on Hochanda. The company has a fantastic few months lined up with more exciting new products being released soon. Lavinia Stamps pride themselves on designing everything from start to finish. All the company's images are hand drawn which give them their uniqueness, offering something different each time. The company is always looking at expanding the business and thrives on new ventures.... read more

Posted: 10 June 2021

London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October

London Stationery Show returns bigger and better this October

London Stationery Show, the UK's only trade show dedicated to writing and paper products, is returning from 5th-6th October, 2021. As well as bringing together all the biggest brands in stationery and gifts this autumn, the team are thrilled at the prospect of uniting suppliers and buyers for the first time in over two years. "We're very much looking forward to bringing new and existing customers together to do business face-to-face" said Event Director, Alex Butler.... read more

Posted: 9 June 2021

Cleopatra's Needle introduces The Duchess

Cleopatra's Needle introduces The Duchess

Cleopatra's Needle is excited to introduce the new 14in Cushion Tapestry Kit. 'The Duchess' is based on the Duchess of Burgundy butterfly, part of Cleopatra's Needle's new British Wildlife series of cushions which started with the 'Bee on Honeycomb' cushion last year. This little butterfly can be seen during the months of May /June in England, only with a stronghold in central-southern areas on the chalk and limestone grasslands with plenty of shelter from scrub, slopes or clearings on ancient woodland sites.... read more

Posted: 8 June 2021

Spring savings on Trotec engraving materials and products

Spring savings on Trotec engraving materials and products

Trotec is offering savings on a range of different engraving materials and products in the company's exciting spring sale. Featuring a range of materials suitable for laser processing and mechanical engraving, the sale includes selected products from some of Trotec's best-selling ranges including TroLase and TroPly engraving laminate and TroGlass acrylic. These materials are perfect for a range of applications including signage, displays, model making and much more. Many of the products in the sale are available cut to size and with next day delivery to UK addresses, allowing you to start processing as soon as possible.... read more

Posted: 3 June 2021

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