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Putting your best foot forward

In the growing world of personalisation, TheMagicTouch has again created another great opportunity for customers to benefit from the massive potential of personalised shoes and footwear. This original and easy method to personalise and decorate all kinds of shoes and footwear is using the cmpany's new DTF transfer and toner-based processes. The finished transfer is vibrant and more importantly durable. The advantages of the DTF transfer technology include no cutting, no weeding, and no pre-treatment. Plus full colour digital transfers at a low cost.

Posted: 23 June 2022

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UK Hand Knitting welcomes new member

UK Hand Knitting is delighted to welcome Cygnet Yarns, as a brand new member to the not for profit organisation, which supports and promotes yarn shops nationwide. Formed in 2004 by Katie Stephenson and Karen Hargreaves, Cygnet Yarns is an award winning, yet relatively new brand on the hand knitting scene which offers a huge range; from value yarns to pure wool and cotton yarns, Cygnet's products are very popular with both knitters and crocheters alike.

Posted: 21 June 2022

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David & Charles bring you... Exisle Publishing!

David and Charles will distribute Exisle Publishing books (Exisle), including imprints EK Books and Little Pink Dog Books, in a new agreement to begin in July 2022. The David and Charles in house team will oversee sales and marketing, with books being distributed through GBS. The list is being distributed on an exclusive basis in the UK and non-exclusively in export territories. The Exisle list features titles in mind, body, spirit and health and wellness categories alongside children's books under the EK Books imprint. The award-winning children's list has a particular focus on the communication and understanding of complex issues.

Posted: 16 June 2022

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ExaClair launches new Exacompta pencil cases

Following the success of their Exacompta pencil cases, which were introduced last year. ExaClair Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Exacompta-Clairefontaine Group, has expanded the range by adding a new selection of items to give customers greater choice. The versatile Teksto pencil case can be used in the traditional manner for carrying essentials or, with its innovative design, it can be easily converted to a pen pot that stands on a desk for easy access to the contents. Made from rPET (recycled plastic water bottles) with a recycled polyester lining that resists ink and dirt, this Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified item is available in two colours; turquoise and water green, to match the Teksto filing and desktop items.

Posted: 14 June 2022

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Corinne Lapierre ramps up presence in Australia

After over a year of rapid expansion across the US market, from Hawaii to Alaska, Yorkshire-based Corinne Lapierre is ramping up its presence in Australia and Tasmania.

Business Manager Olivia Neligan says, "We know we have many very happy online customers in Australasia so we're thrilled that they may now also be able to find our kits in their local independents."

The company has established that there is a strong global demand for superb quality and design-led craft products and the Made in Britain label is a further boost to the reputation and appeal of the brand in foreign markets.

Posted: 10 June 2022

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The finishing touch!

Jo Insull, Sales Director at Ribbon Writer talks to Craft Focus about their exciting new machine, the Ribbon Writer The Enterprise Elite, launched for light commercial useage. The company is based in the heart of the country in the West Midlands just off the M5 in Bromsgrove. They're specialists in all forms of ribbon printing for a wide range of customers, such as crafters, party suppliers, gift and craft shops, garden centres, sweet shops and florists - the list is almost endless!

Posted: 9 June 2022

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Rex London launches new products for summer

Help your customers to refresh their homes without breaking the bank, with bright, practical and eco-friendly accessories from Rex London.

This year promises to be big on colour, with our kitchens enjoying bold, vintage-inspired pops of colour against rich and earthy blues and greens. Rex London's stylish storage tins are ideal for organising utensils on open shelving, another big trend for kitchens in 2022.

New ranges in the kitchen collection this season include recycled cotton aprons (which are sold in fully recyclable cardboard tubes), food containers and salt & pepper tins, all carrying Rex London's unique, retro-style designs.

Posted: 8 June 2022

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UK sewing franchise upsizes with new premises & retail space

Sew Confident, the UK's only sewing tuition franchise, is celebrating 10 years in business as they expand into a brand new studio and retail space four times the size of their previous site. The 360 sqft site on Great Western Road, Glasgow, will double the amount of classes on offer at the franchise headquarters, now with locations in Dundee and Chorley, while creating several new jobs including a shop manager as a retail offering is introduced.

Posted: 7 June 2022

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The Giftware Association collaborates with The Great British Exchange

The Great British Exchange and The Giftware Association have announced an exciting new partnership to create opportunities for suppliers, designers and manufacturers to utilise a network of pop-up locations across the UK. Using the combined skills of both organisations to successfully propel British brands to the next level of their journey. The exciting partnership comes hot on the heels of GBE awarding the Gift of the Year judges choice winner an exclusive pop-up deal in a John Lewis of their choice.

Posted: 2 June 2022

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Crafter’s Companion invests in new warehouse

Crafter's Companion is unveiling the look of its new Newton Aycliffe-based UK warehouse. The dedicated 54,000 sq foot, nine metres high pallet-racking space will enable the business to house 4,000 pallets of products. The warehouse will support the team's ability to meet the growing demand for crafting items with their customers across the UK, Europe and USA. In addition to increased space, the warehouse features 3,000 sq feet of office area and two dock loading doors, alongside modern staff facilities, including large training and breakout spaces, showers and changing rooms. The investment will also create new opportunities for the company and the local Newton Aycliffe area.

Posted: 31 May 2022

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