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The Stitch Festival returns to London’s Business Design Centre

London welcomes back the textile craft lover's day out as The Stitch Festival returns to the Business Design Centre, Islington from 3rd-6th March 2022.

The Stitch Festival is a hotbed of creativity, textile talent and inspiration, with a line-up of top UK tutors and stitch VIPs sharing their skills and secrets in a packed programme of nearly 250 workshops and daily sessions on the Festival's Stitch Stage. Dressmaking will be a major focus with BBC Great British Sewing Bee contestants Lawratu Patton and Mark Francis joining dressmaking gurus Katya Essery, Claire Tyler, Jenni McGill, Janice Croft, Sarah Brangwyn, Kim Suleman, Anne Drittler and Fiona Hesford. Pattern designers, Sew Over It, will be hosting a display of garments from their pattern archive, and founder Lisa Comfort will be chatting live on the Stitch Stage.

Posted: 6 January 2022

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Frankfurt consumer goods fairs in January and February 2022 to be cancelled

In view of the exponential worsening of the pandemic situation worldwide and the accompanying tightened travel and contact regulations, the consumer goods fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld, and Creativeworld are cancelled for January 2022 and Ambiente for mid-February 2022.

The regionally-oriented trade fair Nordstil from 15 to 17 January 2022 in Hamburg will take place at the present time. The easing of the pandemic situation that was still hoped for in December is no longer in sight. Instead, the situation is deteriorating worldwide with an enormous, unforeseeable dynamic. This extreme deterioration due to the spread of the Omicron virus in Europe and Germany currently makes it impossible for Messe Frankfurt, as organiser of the leading international trade fairs Christmasworld, Paperworld, and Creativeworld, as well as Ambiente, to keep their dates in Frankfurt at the end of January and in mid-February 2022.

Posted: 5 January 2022

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Cosy Owl celebrates 4th anniversary

Online craft supplier, Cosy Owl, best known for its candle making products, is celebrating four years as a company this month, reporting a £3,213,529 million pound turnover this year, up 28 per cent from this time last year.

Cosy Owl Managing Director, Richard Fewings, who launched the brand in 2017, says sales growth for the Essex-based company really took off in 2020: "From March 2020 to March 2021, we saw a significant uplift of new customers. There was a 300 per cent increase in hobbyist candlemakers registering for accounts compared to the previous year."

Posted: 4 January 2022

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Speedball announces new distribution agreement

Speedball Art Products Co. today announced a distribution agreement in the UK with the leading Art & Craft distributor, West Design Products. Beginning 1st January 2022, West Design Products will become the new and exclusive distributor for the brand locally, taking over the responsibility of existing Speedball's customers as well as further developing Speedball's presence in the UK. "We are very excited to rely on the West team to further grow our brand and footprint into the British Educational, Fine-Art and Craft markets" says Dave Valliere, Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Speedball Art. "We share similar values and are looking forward to building a long-term partnership."

Posted: 30 December 2021

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Award-winning stitching shows return in spring 2022

Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery and The Scottish Quilting Show will return to major cities across the UK in Spring 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Running alongside the award-winning Creative Craft Show, these major crafting events will bring supply shopping and workshops back to life.

In March and April, these shows celebrate the world of creativity in Glasgow, Birmingham and London bringing the latest supplies, techniques and inspiration to dressmakers, crafters, quilters across the country.

Posted: 28 December 2021

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UK consumers spending more with small businesses due to social media, research reveals

New research from American Express Shop Small shows that social media has driven UK consumers to spend more with small businesses in the last 12 months.With social media being key for businesses and customers to stay connected and engaged during the pandemic, nearly three-quarters (72%) of UK adults who follow more small businesses on social media now than they did 12 months ago are spending more with them. In total, UK consumers have spent £3.7 billion with small businesses they follow on social media in the last year.

Posted: 23 December 2021

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HarperCollins acquires Pavilion Books Company

Following HarperCollins announcement on 29th October of its intention to acquire Pavilion Books Company Limited the company can now confirm that the acquisition is now complete. Imprints Collins & Brown, Pavilion, Portico, Robson, National Trust and Pavilion Children's have now transferred to HarperCollins. The Batsford and Pitkin imprints have been retained by owner and publisher Polly Powell as B.T. Batsford, which remains a stand-alone privately-owned business. Pavilion's adult non-fiction publishing joins HQ and Mills & Boon as Pavilion, National Trust publishing joins Collins Learning while the children's list is now part of Farshore.

Posted: 21 December 2021

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Let your creativity run free with the launch of STABILO FREE

One of Europe's leading manufacturers of pens, pencils, and other writing instruments, STABILO has launched STABILO FREE, its new and exciting acrylic marker. Users will be impressed by the versatility of new acrylic marker, pairing STABILO's striking design with proven quality. With STABILO FREE Acrylic Markers you make the rules: whether painting, contouring, writing, full-surface design or shading, this range has three models with different tip sizes allowing for three line widths. Simply shake the closed pen for 30 seconds and pump paint into the tip to free your inner vision and experiment with different designs and shapes.

Posted: 16 December 2021

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CHSI Stitches announces green theme

CHSI Stitches, the UK's leading trade event for the craft industry, has unveiled its new green logo and a path to net zero theme for the February 2022 show at the NEC, Birmingham.

Visitors to the show on 27th and 28th February will hear the exclusive results of the 2022 Craft Report – Going Green: Crafting to Net Zero. Providing independent research data on the crafting industry, the 2022 report will give guidance on changes businesses can make to improve their environmental impact and how to source products to reduce carbon emissions.

Posted: 14 December 2021

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Wrendale scoops everywoman award

Hannah Dale owner of Wrendale has won the award for the most inspirational woman who has been running a business trading for six to nine years.

The 19th annual NatWest everywoman Awards, held December 2021, celebrated the UK's most inspiring female entrepreneurs, recognising their outstanding achievements during one of the most challenging periods for businesses in living memory. Bringing together some of the UK's most successful business owners, the ceremony featured the stories of many extraordinary women who, against the odds, have brought business concepts to reality, creating jobs, opportunities and global brands.

Posted: 14 December 2021

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