Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Two weeks to go until the stationery event of the season

The highly anticipated London Stationery Show is now only two weeks away. Taking place between 16th – 17th May at the Business Design Centre, the London Stationery Show team is ready to unite buyers and brands from around the globe for a full celebration of creativity, dynamism and innovation. The show promises to be a one-stop-shop for stationery professionals looking to source the latest product offerings, discover new suppliers, gain valuable business insight and get a sneak peek at the stationery trends set to skyrocket from both leading manufacturers and newer names on the block.

Posted: 4 May 2023

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Manuscript Brands launches plastic free packaging

Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is excited to announce the launch of its globally recognised calligraphy products with new plastic free packaging. The sought-after product range will no-longer feature single-use plastic clam packaging, instead, Manuscript's much loved calligraphy products will be presented in 100 per cent recyclable cardboard offering a sustainable packaging solution. Eco friendly packaging is certainly becoming expected from buyers and customers alike.

Posted: 2 May 2023

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Heritage Crafts and Sonnaz launch new award for young upholsterers

Heritage Crafts and Sonnaz Ltd have teamed up to create a new Young Upholsterer of the Year Award, with a £1,000 prize, open to anyone up to the age of 25 who has made a promising start to their upholstery career. Applications are open now and close on Friday 5th May 2023 at 5pm. For details on how to apply, visit

Posted: 27 April 2023

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Commemorative hallmark has been approved

To celebrate the coronation of King Charles III a commemorative hallmark has been approved. Based on a medal by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and using artwork supplied by Thomas Fattorini, the mark depicts the King's head against an oval background. It can be applied to gold, silver, platinum or palladium items, by any of the four UK assay offices. The approval process involved the assay offices considering a selection of possible designs and submitting two to the British Hallmarking Council which chose the design depicting the King's head.

Posted: 24 April 2023

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New designs from SoloCrafts!

SoloCrafts is pleased to offer more wonderful designs from their Lithuanian friends at RIOLIS! There are 20 new launches, but shown here are: By the River – RRP £62.99, and In the Garden – RRP £59.99. These counted cross stitch designs are stitched on Zweigart 14 count aida fabric and use RIOLIS' wool/acrylic embroidery threads. Offering a deeper colour and soft feel these threads are great for giving a true to life finish.

Posted: 20 April 2023

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Clairefontaine introduces Pollen Correspondence Boxes

Clairefontaine has introduced a series of correspondence boxes to its extensive and colourful range of Pollen envelopes, cards and papers. Available in a choice of two delicate colours – green and pink, these new correspondence boxes contain 20 printed C6 size (11.4mm x 16.2mm) envelopes, which feature a fresh and attractive floral motif that depict the calming colours of eucalyptus foliage. The softness of these tones is combined with a watercolour effect for an elegant and refined feel to this luxury stationery.

Posted: 18 April 2023

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Sustainability as the theme of the future at Creativeworld

The subject of sustainability is gaining ground in the DIY community: This was impressively shown at this year's Creativeworld, which was held in Frankfurt am Main from February 4th to 7th. On the opening day, the leading international trade fair for hobby, craft and artists' supplies awarded its 'Industry Oscar' for innovative new products. Eleven of the 54 entries for the Creative Impulse Award were in the category 'Sustainable Product of the Year'. Sustainability in the holistic sense is also the focus of Creativeworld's new Special Interest Ethical Style: The leading trade fair brings together companies and their products and collections that are sustainable on the market.

Posted: 13 April 2023

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Sheena Douglass returns to Crafter’s Companion

The Queen of messy crafting, Sheena Douglass, is returning to Crafter's Companion. Having studied art in the UK and in California, Sheena has decades of experience in the art and crafts industry and began experimenting with different mediums from a very young age. Best known as an artist, designer and educator, Sheena has spent years drawing and creating realistic stamps, dies, stencils and embossing folders, while sharing her knowledge with crafters across the world. The renowned crafter has recently been presenting, creating new stamping products and creating content for her engaged online craft community across her social media platforms.

Posted: 11 April 2023

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The Creative Retail Awards and collaborate

The Creative Retail Awards and are excited to announce their partnership for the 2023 Awards, in which they will be crowning the best-designed Independent Store in the industry. The partnership aims to celebrate and recognise the vital role that independent retailers play in the success of the high street, and to encourage the public to support their local independent stores. The category is open to independent retailers of all sizes and types, from small boutiques to larger independent department stores.

Posted: 7 April 2023

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Bumper 20th anniversary celebration for The Festival of Quilts

The Festival of Quilts, Europe's leading patchwork and quilting event, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this year with a bumper line-up of features that include special guest appearances, exciting new competition categories, celebration galleries and exhibitions, the Festival's biggest-ever workshop and talks programme, and a party! Flying in from the USA to mark this very special occasion will be modern machine quilter and YouTube star, Angela Walters, from The Midnight Quilt Show. Angela will be sharing her longarm quilting skills in a series of workshops and talks.

Posted: 6 April 2023

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