Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Lavinia Stamps introduces Dinkles!

Always looking to add interest and character to create sensational designs, Lavinia Stamps has just released a new product - Dinkles! Dinkles are dry, powdered inks that have been designed specifically for the Lavinia colour palette and they come in 20 stunning colours of pure vibrancy. Clean, vibrant, and transparent, Dinkles' pop on any light or white background, allowing you to create some magical, eye-catching and one of a kind designs.

Posted: 1 June 2023

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Creativeworld exhibitors show support

This year, 87 exhibitors at Creativeworld donated high-quality painting utensils and handicraft accessories to the Frankfurt Children's Office. The donations in kind included everything a young artist's heart could desire, from canvases and stationery to brushes, paints and pens, modelling clay, stamps and stickers. Creativeworld will continue to be held at the same time as Ambiente and Christmasworld at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre: 27 to 30 January 2024.

Posted: 30 May 2023

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Hahnemühle UK announces new partnership

Hahnemühle UK Ltd is happy to confirm the expansion of their omnichannel distribution strategy for their Traditional FineArt product range. The ambition is to provide a seamless shopping experience for customers and consumers across all channels, offering product choice and service levels commensurate with their needs. Hahnemühle have been crafting FineArt paper in the Lower Saxony, Germany, since 1584. Today´s portfolio comprises traditional, digital and specialist FineArt papers and more recently luxury notebooks and writing instruments.

Posted: 25 May 2023

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Jay Blades presents Craftworks launch

Jay Blades presents Craftworks is set to attract craft sector professionals, architects, designers, artists, brands, retailers and will be curated by television presenter and furniture restorer, Jay Blades MBE, known for the Repair Shop, Jay Blades Home Fix, and for co-presenting Jay and Dom's Home Fix. Set to take place during London Craft Week 2024, this three-day free to attend live event (8th –10th May 2024) will host the very best of arts, crafts, and design from all corners of the craft sector and will celebrate niche craftmanship that is in danger of being lost to time.

Posted: 23 May 2023

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Success at h+h cologne 2023

After three busy trade fair days, the international trade fair for creative handicraft & hobby supplies came to a close in Cologne. With the participation of 280 companies from 41 countries, all of the industry's big brands presented their products and services to the international trade audience again this year and ensured that the over 12,000 trade visitors went home with satisfied faces.

Posted: 18 May 2023

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Registration for Home & Gift open!

Mark your calendars – registration for Home & Gift Harrogate 2023 is now open! The industry's most beloved buying event will be gracing the heart of Harrogate once again this summer from the 16th to 19th July, with four jam-packed days of unique networking opportunities and 1000s of incredible new products to discover from familiar names as well as exciting new brands on the block.

Posted: 17 May 2023

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Plans for Creativeworld 2024

The leading international consumer goods fairs Ambiente, Christmasworld and Creativeworld were held together for the first time at the Frankfurt Exhibition Centre in February 2023. Under the motto 'Home of Consumer Goods', the trade fair trio redefined the most important and biggest networking platform and formed the hub for the global consumer goods sector. In a short pit stop, Julia Uherek and Philipp Ferger answer questions and reveal what's planned for 2024 and what innovations exhibitors and visitors can already look forward to.

Posted: 16 May 2023

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Corinne Lapierre new bee-themed range

Corinne Lapierre loves bees and so do customers. Her Bee Linen Lavender Bag are so popular that she decided to design a bee-themed mini kit with a difference. Covered in buzzing bees and trailing leaves and flowers, this adorable Beehive hanging decoration would grace any garden room or could even be suspended from an indoor plant! The on-trend printed craft card recyclable box is packed with absolutely everything needed to complete the project including soft wool mix felt, DMC thread, a needle and toy filling. Detailed instructions and templates are very clear and easy to follow.

Posted: 12 May 2023

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Pen Pals 4 Pupils project perfect to prove #WritingMatters

Maped Helix have taken National Stationery Week's #WritingMatters hashtag to heart with their brand-new Pen Pals 4 Pupils initiative that's set to get the UK's children putting pen to paper.

The writing equipment giants have set up the FREE project to link youngsters in Years three to five with their peers in other parts of the country, offering them a safe way to swap handwritten letters and build lifelong friendships as part of the annual event that runs over Monday to Sunday, May 15th-21st.

Posted: 11 May 2023

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August dates for Scotland’s Trade Fair Autumn

Scotland's Trade Fair Autumn has re-positioned itself as the first show of the autumn buying season. Taking place at the SEC, Glasgow from 20th to 21st August 2023, the Show gives buyers better timing for Christmas buying, allows them to top up for autumn and gives them an early snapshot at 2024 ranges. The event is organised with Scottish company Springboard Events

Posted: 9 May 2023

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