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GMC Distribution signs new client publishers

GMC Distribution signs new client publishers

GMC Distribution is pleased to announce three new client publisher imprints are joining its growing list of books and related products and are now available to purchase. The client portfolio already includes Sterling Publishing, The Taunton Press, Leisure Arts, Tuva Publishing and selected Penguin Random House US imprints. Impact, Interweave and North Light Books titles' will be available to all UK customers and non-exclusively in Europe.... read more

Posted: 22 June 2020

Munich Fabric Start & Bluezone will take place

Munich Fabric Start & Bluezone will take place

The next Munich Fabric Start autumn/winter 21/22 will take place as planned from 1st – 3rd September, 2020 in Munich! After months of trade fair and event cancellations, the organisers of the International Fabric Trade Fair are very pleased to be able to confirm this officially... read more

Posted: 17 June 2020

ExaClair launches PPE range to support businesses returning to work

ExaClair launches PPE range to support businesses returning to work

ExaClair, the UK subsidiary of office product and stationery brands such as Clairefontaine, Rhodia, Décopatch and Exacompta, has developed an extensive range of personal protective equipment, specifically developed to help meet the rapidly changing demands of businesses returning to a post-lockdown world.... read more

Posted: 15 June 2020

Sara Davies joins first virtual Happy Place Festival

Sara Davies joins first virtual Happy Place Festival

Sara Davies is taking part in this year's Happy Place Festival, which is returning this year as a free virtual experience running over a month. Taking place from 12th June until 12th July, the virtual festival will continue to promote the Happy Place ethos for everyone to enjoy online. By curating an inclusive vast array of content, a varied line-up of talented and knowledgeable speakers, creators, and teachers, it's a supportive hub for the Happy Place community.... read more

Posted: 12 June 2020

Pentel aims to motivate and inspire

Pentel aims to motivate and inspire

Pentel is launching a social media campaign to keep fans and followers feeling creative during these challenging and uncertain times. #PentelPickMeUp is the handle for the campaign, which incorporates the talent and ingenuity of a selection of young influencers, who will share their ideas on how to be creative, keep on track with their studies or remain focused and organised during the pandemic.... read more

Posted: 11 June 2020

BCTF Online gets ready for retail!

BCTF Online gets ready for retail!

The British Craft Trade Fair (BCTF) is about to launch its first ever online exhibition featuring thousands of new product launches from hundreds of British designer makers keen to reach retailers as lockdown ends. Registered buyers will be able to log in between 10am – 5pm on June 14th – 15th via the BCTF web portal (https://bctf.co.uk/) and the BCTF award winners will be revealed at 5pm on Sunday June 14th... read more

Posted: 11 June 2020

Vlieseline Quilt-a-long

Vlieseline Quilt-a-long

The 2020 Festival of Quilts will switch to an online format to accommodate as many of the annual quilting events and competitions as possible and in order to celebrate this event, Vlieseline has created a Quilt-along project to engage quilters and crafters in lockdown during the weeks leading up to FoQ.... read more

Posted: 8 June 2020

Snow Windows and Home Start Charity to Join Kirstie Allsopp for mini-series

Snow Windows and Home Start Charity to Join Kirstie Allsopp for mini-series

Kirstie Allsopp will be hosting a week long mini-series live on YouTube; in aid of Home Start's Emergency Appeal Fund for COVID 19. The first of her creative friends, Tom Baker of Snow Windows, launches the series on Monday 8th June at 8pm. Tom, and partner Keri, will be chatting to Kirstie about snow in June, all things creative, family life, home-schooling and music.... read more

Posted: 8 June 2020

Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

Craft Works – artisans on the rise during lockdown

According to the BBC (9th May, 2020) more than one in 10 people in the UK has learnt something new during the lockdown. This is further enforced by a Guardian article the same week, that suggests 'Britain is in the thrall of a crafting revolution, the likes of which has not been seen since the Second World War." With 88 per cent of UK craft businesses being sole traders, the last 10 weeks have given many artisans and hobbyists the opportunity to try something new.... read more

Posted: 3 June 2020

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Pinflair's 30 Years of Crafts

Christine and Nigel Bell started Pinflair in June 1990 producing specialised polystyrene and beaded kits using pins, sequins, ribbons, braids, beads and polystyrene shapes. Firstly, selling direct to the public but it wasn't very long before there was an interest from craft shops around the UK.... read more

Posted: 1 June 2020

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