Industry news from Craft Focus magazine

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Search Press inspires Barbie fans

Leading publisher of practical craft and art books, Search Press, continues to ignite the imagination of sewists and Barbie enthusiasts. Sewing Clothes for Barbie and Barbie Boutique, both by author Annabel Benilan, will inspire fans to create gorgeous costumes for their dolls, just in time for the release of the new film, starring Margot Robbie as Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken,.

Posted: 22 June 2023

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Metallic Elephant's sister website

New for 2023, Metallic Elephant has launched its sister website Foils-online to help unleash your creativity! This e-commerce platform offers an incredible variety of foils, each with its own special qualities that will make your prints & designs pop. Whether you're looking for metallics, holographic, pigment or matte foils, you can find it all. Start shopping today and see what possibilities await you with Foils-online.

Posted: 20 June 2023

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Hahnemühle's new bookmark pads

The Hahnemühle bookmark pad is for all creative people. With pre-cut bookmarks you can get started straight away, there is no need for tedious cutting from a standard sheet of watercolour paper. This heavyweight 100 per cent cotton 300 gsm watercolour paper is highly absorbent and can hold several layers of watercolours. It's also a perfect basis for self-designed collages that can be created on bookmarks instead of a painted picture.

Posted: 15 June 2023

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Just Gnomes! from Mouseloft

Mouseloft has announced some exciting designs all featuring our favourite garden character, the gnome. The Just Gnomes! range shows these quirky characters participating in an array of activities from hiking to fishing. The designs all fit within a 64mm diameter circle for framing. Each kit contains aida fabric (14hpi Zweigart), threads (DMC), needle and full, easy to follow instructions. This range and other collections are also available in a retail pack!

Posted: 13 June 2023

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Registration LIVE for Connect @ Autumn Fair

Registration is now live for Autumn Fair, the UK's ultimate shop for shop, for wholesale Home, Gift, and Fashion. Taking place on the 3rd – 6th September at NEC Birmingham buyers now have access to register early for their free ticket. This August sees the launch of Connect @ Autumn Fair, the new meetings programme designed to transform the buying experience and offer a host of pre-show benefits for buyers to connect with hundreds of leading brands including Lesser & Pavey, Sass & Belle, Besp-Oak, Richard Cooper, Hill Interiors, Febland Group, The Satchville Gift Company, Edge Company, Bomb Cosmetics, Chalk UK, Heathcote & Ivory, Upper Canada UK, London Ornaments, Walton & Co, Wilde Java, Ancient Mariner, Final Touches, Indra Importer, McGowan & Rutherford & Originals, Kikkerland, Bookspeed, Joe Davies, Powell Craft, Richard Lang & Sons, Jellycat, Malini, Deluxe HomeArt, JJ Textile, Blooms by Samuel Baker, Hot Tomato, Inis - Energy of the Sea, The Art File, Paper Salad, Emotional Rescue, The Little Dog Laughed, Cardology, The Seed Card Company, RMS International, Ultimate Products, TY UK, Keel Toys, Sea Gems, Big Metal, Scream Pretty, My Doris, Jayley, Lighthouse Clothing, Lunar, and many more.

Posted: 8 June 2023

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UK small firms kept at distance from overseas markets by complex customs procedures, new research finds

Small firms are being held back from international trade by excessive customs paperwork, soaring costs and supply chain issues, according to new research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The Customs Clearance report, which looks at small businesses' experiences of exporting and importing, finds that nearly one in ten (9%) small firms who used to trade internationally have stopped doing so within the past five years, in a real challenge to the UK's growth plans. The volume of paperwork (56%), overall cost burden (49%) and supply chain and logistical issues (29%) are cited as key drivers.

Posted: 7 June 2023

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Prepare for h+h americas with h+h connect

It's time to explore h+h connect, the digital platform for h+h americas 2023, in Chicago, USA. h+h connect has been designed to streamline the trade fair experience. You can confidently browse fellow exhibitor profiles, make a list of must-see retailers and customers for your business, and ensure your profile is up to date with all of your business, exhibitor, and contact information.

Posted: 6 June 2023

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Lavinia Stamps introduces Dinkles!

Always looking to add interest and character to create sensational designs, Lavinia Stamps has just released a new product - Dinkles! Dinkles are dry, powdered inks that have been designed specifically for the Lavinia colour palette and they come in 20 stunning colours of pure vibrancy. Clean, vibrant, and transparent, Dinkles' pop on any light or white background, allowing you to create some magical, eye-catching and one of a kind designs.

Posted: 1 June 2023

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Creativeworld exhibitors show support

This year, 87 exhibitors at Creativeworld donated high-quality painting utensils and handicraft accessories to the Frankfurt Children's Office. The donations in kind included everything a young artist's heart could desire, from canvases and stationery to brushes, paints and pens, modelling clay, stamps and stickers. Creativeworld will continue to be held at the same time as Ambiente and Christmasworld at Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre: 27 to 30 January 2024.

Posted: 30 May 2023

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Hahnemühle UK announces new partnership

Hahnemühle UK Ltd is happy to confirm the expansion of their omnichannel distribution strategy for their Traditional FineArt product range. The ambition is to provide a seamless shopping experience for customers and consumers across all channels, offering product choice and service levels commensurate with their needs. Hahnemühle have been crafting FineArt paper in the Lower Saxony, Germany, since 1584. Today´s portfolio comprises traditional, digital and specialist FineArt papers and more recently luxury notebooks and writing instruments.

Posted: 25 May 2023

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