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Crafterama at Ally Pally

The very first Crafterama @ Alexandra Palace in London, originally planned for 2020, took place on 12-13th March, 2022. The show was a great success with lots of demonstrations and make and takes running throughout the weekend. The show included art stamps, die cutting, card & paper, glitter art, needle felting plus more crafting goods. Alexandra Palace is a beautiful and iconic venue overlooking London with lots of parking and wonderful views. A lovely place to visit! The 2023 dates have already been set - 11-12th March - when the event will be even bigger and better.

Posted: 8 April 2022

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BCTF 2022 is almost upon us!

The very best of British designer makers are getting ready for this important trade exhibition with the return of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) to the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate from 10-12 April. One of a kind in the trade exhibition calendar for its exclusive dedication to handmade British crafts, BCTF will showcase an exceptional array of design talent from across the crafting spectrum of ceramics, glasswork, fine art, cards and stationery, fashion accessories, textiles and soft furnishings, home fragrance products, spectacular hand-crafted Jewellery and more.

Posted: 7 April 2022

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The most Instagrammable DIY crafts

Crochet is by far the most popular craft on Instagram, a new study has revealed. The study, conducted by creative resource expert Design Bundles, analyzed crafts that are possible to practice at home and counted how many times the hashtag has been posted on the trendy social platform. The popular craft crochet comes in first with an overwhelming popularity, as the hashtag #crochet registers a huge 40,662,676 posts, almost double the number of the runner up.

Posted: 5 April 2022

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The Big Sew Off in aid of MIND

Announcing The Big Sew Off. Sew Over It, one of the UK's popular sewing communities are sewing for 24 hours non-stop this May to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

The Big Sew Off takes place on Thursday 12th May, 2022. Lisa Comfort, founder of Sew Over It, and the team will be sewing for 24 hours from a sewing hub in London donated by Workspace. Other sewing businesses, personalities and sewing Instagrammers will be joining the sewathon in the capital or from their own hubs around the UK.

Posted: 31 March 2022

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Spectacular gallery line-up for this year’s The Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, is proud to announce highlights of this year's exciting gallery line-up which features work by internationally-acclaimed artists Michael A. Cummings and Danny Amazonas, African-American Quilts from the Cargo Collection at the International Quilt Museum, and quilts from the Roderick Kiracofe Collection.

The Festival takes place from 18th-21st August 2022 at the NEC Birmingham and features more than 700 competition quilts, an extensive programme of workshops, Academy classes, talks and lectures, more than 200 specialist craft retailers, and a Product Stage offering top tips and advice from brand ambassadors, experts and quilting VIPs. Online ticket sales open on 14th April (6th April for members of The Quilters' Guild).

Posted: 29 March 2022

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CHSI Stitches 2022 saw strong turnout for first post-pandemic show

CHSI Stitches 2022 saw a strong turnout, innovative new products from leading brands and high-profile speakers at its first post-pandemic show at the NEC in February.

The show, the first since February 2020, drew leading creative craft brands, showcasing new ranges, many of which were being displayed for the first time in person since the pandemic started.

The show saw new retailers attending the show for the first time, reflecting the growth in craft during the pandemic.

Independent retailer from Warrington, Stitch Station, was launched by Diane Hughes five months ago after lockdown. She was one of the many new businesses to attend the trade show.

Posted: 25 March 2022

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ONS: retail footfall increases by 4%

This morning, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) published data showing the volume of UK high street retail footfall in the week to 19 March 2022 increased by 4 per cent from the previous week and was 83 per cent of the level seen in the equivalent week of 2019. Government High Streets Task Force expert and ShopAppy founder, Dr Jackie Mulligan, had this to say...

Posted: 24 March 2022

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h+h cologne 2022 impresses

h+h cologne 2022 closed on Sunday with a convincing result. Around 4,500 visitors from 49 countries led to thoroughly satisfied faces at the exhibition stands. 'Back to the Future' was the motto on the central event zone of the trade fair and couldn't have been chosen more appropriately. The relief and joy at being able to engage in an exchange, discuss the current trends and being able to touch and feel materials after a compulsory break of two years triggered off an equally positive mood among both the exhibitors and the trade audience. The success of h+h cologne was rounded off by a high order intake.

Posted: 22 March 2022

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The Giftware Association donates funds to DEC Ukraine Appeal

Alongside association partners in the British Allied Trades Federation, The Giftware Association has donated £5000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee's (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to help provide much-needed food and supplies for those fleeing the conflict. While hope continues for a peaceful resolution, millions of Ukrainian refugees require immediate support, donations to the fund will be used to provide urgent supplies where they are needed most. The UK Government has pledged to fund match donations to DEC up to a total of £20 million, meaning contributions are automatically doubled. The Giftware Association encourage and support member companies to contribute to this vital appeal in any way they can.

Posted: 17 March 2022

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New consumer-facing event in Harrogate

The owners of the British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF), Kerrison Exhibitions, have partnered with Handmade in Britain to launch a premium and contemporary British craft and design fair in Harrogate. With highly regarded Handmade in Britain events already established in Chelsea, Oxford and Kew Gardens, the Yorkshire location offers discerning shoppers in the region a new opportunity to discover exceptional and inspiring British handmade products for their home, garden and as gifts to give this Christmas.

Posted: 15 March 2022

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