Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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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 SaveTheHighStreet.org collaborate

The Creative Retail Awards and SaveTheHighStreet.org 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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National Stationery Week back with a bang

The National Stationery Week team are bursting at their pencil case seams with this year's all-star line-up. Maped Helix, Pentel, Snopake, Edding, Zebra and Staedtler are headlining the seven days of stationery and will be filling the week with exciting initiatives for both independent stationery retailers and stationery lovers alike. National Stationery Week is certainly back with a bang for 2023!

Posted: 4 April 2023

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Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year

Devon based David & Charles bring home industry award again for 2023. David & Charles, the independent publishing house, started in Newton Abbot in 1960 now based in Exeter, have returned once more with 'Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year'. The Independent Publishers Guild awards were held on March 22nd at London's OXO Tower and brings publishers from across the country together to celebrate their success throughout the industry.

Posted: 30 March 2023

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Kate Mason joins ACID as Director of Marketing

Anti Copying in Design (ACID) has announced the appointment of Kate Mason as Director of Marketing.

Kate brings a wealth of experience to the ACID team not only from her impressive credentials within the creative industries but also from her pioneering role leading The Big Draw, now a global organisation, helping children to recognise their creative soul through exploration and expression of ideas. Kate also brings her enthusiasm and passion for arts and crafts as Chair of the Society for Designer Craftsmen (SDC).

Posted: 29 March 2023

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Sarah Ward makes the Powerlist

A collaboration between the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) The confederation of British Industries (CBI) and the Trade Association Forum (TAF) has published a Powerlist of women in trade associations to coincide with International Women's Day 2023 which features The CEO of the Giftware Association Sarah Ward. The list was compiled from over 200 nominations from the sector and a selection from the Trade Association Forum. CBI and FSB had the unenviable task of selecting the 100 women that make up the inaugural list.

Posted: 28 March 2023

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