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BCTF 2022 Award Winners

The 2022 BCTF Award winners were announced on Monday April 11th in an emotional ceremony that saw the amazing British craft community raise a glass together for the first time since 2019. The award sponsors included some of the UK's greatest champions of British crafts and consistent supporters of the British Craft Trade Fair, an event which is unique for its exclusive focus on handmade British products and inspires great loyalty amongst exhibitors and retailers alike. The incredibly eclectic mix of talented designers and partnerships who make up the BCTF community once again ensured that deciding upon the winners was an extremely difficult task. Along with excellence of design (rich on the ground at BCTF!) many judges were moved by the compelling personal stories they heard from exhibitors and the powerful emotion they were able to channel into work of an exceptional quality and resonance

Posted: 5 May 2022

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Dame Prue Leith backs charity knitting campaign

A Scarf for Lewy, the campaign by The Lewy Body Society to wrap the Royal Albert Hall in a huge scarf to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia, has been given a boost with the support of chef and broadcaster Dame Prue Leith DBL. Dame Prue has joined dozens of volunteers who have already knitted or crocheted a scarf, with the charity aiming to join together enough scarves to wrap around the entire 244 metre circumference of the building, in an event to be held on 22nd September, 2022. Knitting groups and individuals are invited to contribute and help raise awareness of Lewy body dementia, the second most common type of dementia in older people.

Posted: 3 May 2022

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Future For International Trade Conference speakers advise on how to proceed in the current environment

The key out-take from the BHETA / Gardenex / PetQuip Future for International Trade Conference which took place on March 17th, was that while export was likely to outperform the home market in the coming year, it was vital for both importers and exporters to ensure they were not dependent on any one territory for either sales or supply chain.

Speakers, who included UK government insiders, successful companies exporting from the UK currently, market analysts, legal, financial and compliance advisors, concurred in advising both current and novice UK exporters on both big picture opportunities and perils and the detail of how to proceed successfully in the current environment.

Posted: 29 April 2022

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Silvine - New Sponsor Announced for NSW 2022

The National Stationery Week team are thrilled to announce the first official sponsor of the 2022 campaign - Silvine. Rich in history, the iconic stationery brand's heritage dates back since 1837 and this May will see the brand take centre stage as one of the leading sponsors of NSW. Silvine will sponsor World Stationery Day, which is Wednesday of Seven Days of Stationery. National Stationery Week is 16th - 22nd May. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the plans and activities for the week and how you can get involved.

Posted: 28 April 2022

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ExaClair geared up for LSS

ExaClair Limited, the UK supplier of the Exacompta, Clairefontaine, G. Lalo, Herbin, Brause, Décopatch, Avenue Mandarine and Rhodia brands is showcasing an exciting range of innovative, sustainable products at this year's London Stationery Show between the 17th and 18th of May 2022. You can visit the team on stand M400.

Posted: 26 April 2022

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Spring colours at Cygnet Yarns

Cygnet Yarns is excited to introduce new spring hues. Silcaress DK is the latest range to have new spring shade additions. This double knit yarn is incredibly smooth with a silk like feel to it, made in 100 per cent naturally soft acrylic. Its high twist gives great stitch definition to finished projects and is perfect for bright crochet projects. Available in a spectrum of rainbow brights and pale pastels, this summery yarn is a lovely sunny addition to the Cygnet collection. Silcaress DK is available in a 100g ball with a generous 245m meterage. Cygnet has five new shades added to the range: Sugarplum, Mellow, Spring Peach, Pearl Grey and Lagoon Breeze.

Posted: 21 April 2022

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Want to publish an art book?

Are you looking to publish an art book? This may be your calling!

International publisher David and Charles is opening a submissions window between 1st April and 30th May for new practical art books. This is an exciting opportunity for both emerging and established artists who love to teach their techniques step by step.

Artists wishing to pitch a book concept should send details to ame@davidandcharles.com, including information about what makes the book unique and special, a synopsis and sample contents list, information about you as the author, and a selection of sample art.

Posted: 19 April 2022

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What’s on at London Stationery Show 2022?

London Stationery Show is back in just under five weeks' time as the UK's only event dedicated to the paper and writing instruments industry returns to its usual spring dateline. The show is set to host its best line-up yet, as 150+ brands ranging from internationally renowned suppliers to independent boutique designers head to the UK capital to meet with over 1,800 stationery and gift buyers.The London Stationery Show team are delighted to share some of the exciting features taking place at this year's show. It is incredibly important for independent retailers to not only meet with big stationery brands but also have the opportunity to source unique, original products for their customers. The show is also focused on fostering retailer development; consequently, many of the features are centered on helping business owners enhance their potential through education. Take a look below at what is in store for retailers this May.

Posted: 15 April 2022

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New designs from Mouseloft

Mouseloft has some lovely new counted cross stitch designs for spring in its new 'Tiddlers', 'Stitchlets' and 'Paw Prints' collections. Mouseloft is a small family company, that has been designing and making its own pocket money kits in Cheshire since 1996. Mouseloft sells mostly to small sewing and crafting shops. These kits all contain the following: aida fabric, threads, needle and instructions. They're the perfect size to let you sew a lovely little picture in an evening!

Posted: 14 April 2022

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Suppliers and visitors celebrate being back at Scotland’s Trade Fair

In hot sunshine, rather than Glasgow's usual inclement January weather, Scotland's Trade Fair returned to the SEC in Glasgow with a fantastic range of suppliers and products.

Buyers were delighted with the quality of products, the huge number of new suppliers and the general level of innovation and originality of products. And being back at an in-person Show was widely welcomed by visitors as they could see and touch the products and connect with the suppliers in person.

Yvonne Carr, Visit Scotland Buyer said: "This Show is so important for us to source and support Scottish producers and we have loved seeing so many new companies. The Show is just not long enough for us to complete all our buying!"

Posted: 13 April 2022

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