Category Archives: Uncategorized

HANDMADE BUSINESSES SET TO MAKE THIER CRAFT SHOW DEBUTS AT THE HANDMAID FAIR

bobo

With tickets now on public sale, excitement is reaching fever pitch for visitors to The Handmade Fair from 19th – 21st September. As well as taking part in a range of making and craft activities ticket holders will have the chance to see the wares of a range of innovative small UK craft businesses exhibiting at a national show for the first time. Many of these businesses are young start-ups launched by dedicated crafters who want to share their designs and their passion for making, reflecting the growth in craft-based start-ups across the UK.
For around 20% of the exhibitors signed up so far this will be their first time exhibiting at a national event, and the team behind the Fair is incredibly proud to have them on board.
Gemma Strachan, Show Director, says:
“We are really pleased to have attracted such a large amount of first time business in our first year putting on The Handmade Fair. Our excitement has been reflected by the brands and companies taking part, and is a hugely positive sign that the event is something the craft industry was missing.”
Hannah Sturrock of Bobo Stitch says, “We think that The Handmade Fair epitomises the current enthusiasm for contemporary crafting. We were thrilled to be selected to come and share our take on simple and effective modern cross stitch. It’s going to be a great day out in a fantastic venue, with so many guests excited about getting involved and trying something new. When you add in all the top brands and personalities in crafting, then it simply becomes an unmissable event.”

For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

STYLECRAFT ANNOUNCE MAJOR NEW APPOINTMENT

Stylecraft is delighted to announce that the internationally respected designer, Amanda Crawford, has joined the company in the role of head designer.

Amanda, whose designs have appeared in The Knitter, Simply Knitting and Vogue Knitting (known as Designer Knitting in the UK), was formerly head designer at Patons yarns and has contributed many designs to the Rowan magazines. She will be leading the design function at Stylecraft.

“We are extremely excited to have Amanda join us,” says Annabel Hill, Sales Director.

“Her experience and her boundless creativity will undoubtedly mean that she will make a valuable contribution to the Stylecraft brand.”
Amanda has joined with immediate effect and is already contributing to late autumn winter 14 15 designs.

For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Excitement builds for The Handmade Fair presented by Kirstie Allsopp

Nothing less than world pomination will do

Kirsties Handmade Fair - 001

There is a ripple of excitement flowing through Handmade Fair HQ.  Not only are tickets for the fair due to go on general release on June 5th but the team, headed by Kirstie Allsopp, have decided to go for a Guinness World Record at the event in the grounds of  the historic Hampton Court Palace.

The plan is to break the record for the number of pompoms laid end to end.  We all know how much Kirstie loves her pompoms but she can’t possibly make them all herself.  So she is calling on the great British public to help her achieve #worldpomination. Simply make 3 pompoms, tie them together and attach your name, then drop it off at your local Hobbycraft store or bring them to the Fair this September. Hobbycraft stores across the country will also be holding pomination workshops during half term and the summer holidays for children to join in the fun.

The Handmade Fair is on from 19th-21st September where you can see all the pompoms collected together and witness the world record being broken live!

Quote from Kirstie

“This is an event that has learning and making at it’s core. It’s a celebration of all kinds of skills; from sewing to knitting, sugarcraft to crocheting, papercrafts, upcycling, and,of course, pompom making.  With tents full of talented designer makers, workshops and dream speakers this is an unmissable weekend for anyone who’s ever wanted to have a go.”

Tickets will be available to buy at www.thehandmadefair.com from 5th June and will cost £29. This includes entry to the event, a workshop, participation in a grand make and a chance to hear an amazing speaker of your choice. There are a limited number of VIP tickets at £95 which additionally include afternoon tea with Kirstie and fellow VIP guests, access to the VIP lounge, a glass of Champagne and an exclusive gift bag worth £40.

Tickets will sell fast so put 5th June in your diary.

For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear

Notes to Editors

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp lives between London and Devon with her partner Ben Andersen, two sons and two stepsons. Best known for presenting C4’s hugely successful craft series; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Kirstie’s Handmade Britain; Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas; Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas; Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas; Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free; and long-running property series Location, Location, Location.  She has invigorated the world of crafting, inspiring us to dig out forgotten treasures and with a bit of imagination, create something new and beautiful for our homes.  Kirstie has also written the books; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Craft; Kirstie’s Vintage Home; and Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas.

 

Kirstie gives a great deal of time to various charities but her main focus is promoting the work of HomeStartUK, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities and Keep Britain Tidy. All of these charities encourage people to take back control of their lives, their homes, their streets and their communities.

 

Kirstie is allergic to unplumped cushions & tinsel free trees.


Brand Events

Based in London, Brand Events is one of the UK’s most successful consumer events companies, renowned for launching ground breaking events. Brand Events portfolio includes; Top Gear Live, the world’s leading motoring theatre show which has travelled to 15 countries, 21 cities and entertained over 1.8 million fans; CarFest, the brain child of Chris Evans which so far have raised over £2million for BBC Children in Need; Taste Festivals, the world’s greatest restaurant festival which since its flagship event has been launched in over 16 cities including Rome, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, and Dublin.

Hobbycraft

  • Hobbycraft isthe UK’sleading out oftownart and craft retailer,offering over30,000 arts andcraftsproductsin-storeandonline.
  • Hobbycraftproductsareavailablefrom79storesnationwideandonline.
  • Formoreinformationvisit:http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

 

Mollie Makes

Mollie Makes, launched in 2011, is the UK’s number one contemporary handmade magazine and has a brand reach of over 300,000. A craft magazine with a difference, Mollie Makes has tapped into a strong and growing trend for contemporary handmade craft, appealing to a younger generation of crafters, with many of its readers under 35.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

STYLECRAFT ANNOUNCES NOT JUST ONE GOOD CAUSE TO SUPPORT BUT TWELVE

logo

 

Stylecraft know what a generous lot knitters and crocheters are, making items for all kinds of charities; supporting arts projects and teaching their skills in schools.  Rarely does a week go by without at least one request to donate yarn.

But how and who to choose is the dilemma faced by the Stylecraft team. Sales Director, Annabelle Hill explains: “We all have our favourite good cause so to pick just one to support was really hard – we didn’t want anyone to miss out.”

Instead of supporting just one, Stylecraft have decided to support twelve good causes – one each month. Crafters all over the UK are being invited to nominate a charity, school or community project they know needs some yarn by contacting Stylecraft through their Facebook page.  Each month the Stylecraft team will create a shortlist and then invite knitters and crocheters to choose.  The winning cause will be contacted by Stylecraft and offered a generous donation of yarn to help them.

To kick off their campaign, Stylecraft have chosen the Brentwood Bombers who will be yarn storming Brentwood in Essex to create a mural for the local arts festival from 5th to 12th July.

No cause is too big or too small so make sure you nominate your favourite

https://www.facebook.com/stylecraftyarn .

For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear

 

-ends-

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

ORGANISE YOUR NEEDLES AND HOOKS WITH KNITPRO

Ribbon-SC Eden Trail - close IMG_2794

The beginning of a New Year is a great opportunity to have a close look at your stash of yarn but KnitPro urges you not to forget your needles.  Keeping your needles organised and where you can find them quickly and easily is a must for the busy knitter.

KnitPro has lots of good ideas to help you achieve needle and hook nirvana!

 

IMG_3541The Thames bag is a glamorous addition to KnitPro’s range.  Looking every bit like a modern handbag, the Thames hides a myriad of pockets and useful sleeves to hold your hooks and needles as well as scissors, stitch markers and interchangeable cables.

 

KnitPro has a range of fabric needle clutches such as the Eden Trail which are  light and portable. Eden Trail - open

 

Ribbon-SCFor your crochet hooks you might want to consider one of KnitPro’s smaller bags such as Ribbon pictured here.

 

And finally, if you want your interchangeables just a fingertip away try this lovely Perspex stand for your interchangeable tips.KP Needle Holder1

Whatever your needs, KnitPro has a way to help you keep your needles tidy and accessible so you will never lose a needle again.

For press information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear

-ends-

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

STYLECRAFT SPRING SUMMER 2014

8851 8941 8861

Excitement builds with second phase launches

Stylecraft has launched the second phase of its Spring Summer season at Craft Hobby and Stitch at the NEC this February. A feast of delicious new colours in existing ranges and plenty of desirable patterns in both knit and crochet await crafters.

The popularity of crochet has never been higher.  Stylecraft have created a wonderful range of homeware patterns in one of their most popular spring summer yarns, Classique Cotton including a tablet cover and some fun cushions.  The structure and quality of the yarn together with the colour range make it a perfect partner for crochet projects. There are 4 delicious new shades to add to the range including Heather, Teal, Plum and Wysteria.

Wondersoft is adding two contemporary classic colours to their extensive range this season, Poppy and Midnight which are used to great effect in a range of baby patterns with a very continental matelot look. Fashionable berets, classic garments and cute sailor colours complete the effect.

Senses Lace yarn was hugely successful last season and with extra pattern support that’s sure to continue. There are 4 shawl patterns for knitters of all abilities; two delicious wraps and two delicate mini shawls perfect for accessorising this summer.

Summer Breeze is another of Stylecraft’s favourite summer yarns.  Four new colours have been launched including Teal, Nickel, Midnight and Marmalade. An elegant range of garments for a relaxed outdoor easy summer will be available to support this yarn.

For press information and images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear

 -ends-

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

BLUEBEAR HELPS TO LAUNCH THE HANDMADE FAIR

  Print

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP LAUNCHES A NEW EXCITING EVENT FOR THE CRAFT CALENDAR: THE HANDMADE FAIR

Today marks the official launch of The Handmade Fair, proudly sponsored by Hobbycraft, which will take place in the beautiful historic park of Hampton Court Palace from 19th to 21st September 2014, organised by Brand Events.

Having spearheaded Britain’s craft revolution for the last 5 years, Kirstie Allsopp has gathered together the best experts in the land to create a learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products, making The Handmade Fair the first and only event to put making AND learning at the heart of the show. This fantastic day out will give every visitor the opportunity to make something in one of our craft workshops, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the Super Theatre, enjoy great food in the palace gardens, and buy beautiful products from handpicked sellers.

“My hope is for The Handmade Fair to be a gathering of all the wonderful people I have had the huge privilege of working with over the years and many more.  I want it to be a place where everyone can come to learn, be inspired and meet kindred spirits.” Kirstie Allsopp

The Handmade Fair will provide 6 learning workshops, known as ‘Craft Banquets’, where attendees can learn and make with the best experts in the industry.  Each tent will seat 100 attendees for 6 sessions per day, covering knitting and textiles, jewellery making, paper craft, food, upcycling and seasonal crafts.

A super demo theatre will stage conversations with the best experts in craft passing on their skills, inspirations and experience to the audience.   The theatre will seat 600 attendees for 6 sessions per day across the three day event.

There is nothing better than learning and sharing your crafts with fellow enthusiasts – 250 of them!  In our Grand Make tents you will be inspired and taught how easy it is to make something in a few minutes, creating beautiful products to use in your home, at a party or as a gift.

Catriona Marshall, Chief Executive of Hobbycraft, comments on the sponsorship: “We’re really excited to be involved in this fantastic celebration of craft. At Hobbycraft our mission is to get the country making and our colleagues, throughout our 79 stores, have a passion to get crafting, so this is the perfect event to be involved with. Our customers have the same love for Kirstie’s crafting as us and we’re delighted to share this event with them.”

An amazing day out for any craft enthusiast or someone having a go for the first time – tickets go on general sale in May and will be available from www.thehandmadefair.com

For Press Information contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear.

 

Notes to Editors

Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp lives between London and Devon with her partner Ben Andersen, two sons and two stepsons. Best known for presenting C4’s hugely successful craft series; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Kirstie’s Handmade Britain; Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas; Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas; Kirstie and Phil’s Perfect Christmas; Kirstie’s Fill Your House for Free; and long-running property series Location, Location, Location.  She has invigorated the world of crafting, inspiring us to dig out forgotten treasures and with a bit of imagination, create something new and beautiful for our homes.  Kirstie has also written the books; Kirstie’s Homemade Home; Craft; Kirstie’s Vintage Home; and Kirstie’s Crafty Christmas.

 

Kirstie gives a great deal of time to various charities but her main focus is promoting the work of HomeStartUK, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities and Keep Britain Tidy. All of these charities encourage people to take back control of their lives, their homes, their streets and their communities.

Kirstie is allergic to unplumped cushions & tinsel free trees.


Brand Events

Based in London, Brand Events is one of the UK’s most successful consumer events companies, renowned for launching ground breaking events. Brand Events portfolio includes; Top Gear Live, the world’s leading motoring theatre show which has travelled to 15 countries, 21 cities and entertained over 1.8 million fans; CarFest, the brain child of Chris Evans which so far have raised over £2million for BBC Children in Need; Taste Festivals, the world’s greatest restaurant festival which since its flagship event has been launched in over 16 cities including Rome, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, and Dublin.

Hobbycraft

  • Hobbycraft is the UK’s leading out of town art and craft retailer, offering over 30,000 arts and crafts products in-store and online.
  • Hobbycraft products are available from 79 stores nationwide and online.
  • For more information visit: http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

A BOX OF JOY FROM KNITPRO IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

Press release

16th October 2013

 

IMG_0059IMG_0147

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time for another season of festivities and as always KnitPro is here to delight with a specially crafted Limited Edition Gift Set of Karbonz knitting needles – the Box of Joy
Karbonz needles have emerged as a real hit since their launch last year. They are highly sought after and have earned rave reviews from experts and knitters all over the world. To celebrate, KnitPro have created this delightful set which is strictly limited to just 2500 sets.
The Karbonz Interchangeable Needle set will be packed in a very attractive box that carries an elegant laser-cut design of a ‘tree in bloom’ with the needles peeking cheerfully through the space where the design of the tree appears.
The Limited Edition set will contain nine sizes of Karbonz Needle Tips (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 7.0 & 8.0mm) along with 4 cables (one each of 60cm, 100cm and two of 80cm), 1 set of cable connectors and a complimentary Shawl Pin from the new Azure Charm range.
This Limited Edition Karbonz Needle set, the Box of Joy, will be available from the beginning of November and will retail at approximately £110 and is on pre-order from   Minerva Crafts, Dragon yarns and Get Knitted.

For press information and images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

STYLECRAFT NEW YARNS FOR THE COUNTRY OR THE CITY

Press Release 1st October 2013

8845 front cover8799-013 front cover8841b back cover 8719-016 FRONT COVER

 

 

 

 

Two new yarns to fit your lifestyle

Stylecraft is delighted to launch two new yarns from their Autumn Winter collections – yarns to take you from city life to country retreat.
Tibet is a super chunky and quick knit yarn in eight autumnal colour combinations, which give a contemporary jumbo tweed effect. The designs reflect an urban chic in every day pieces from hats and scarves to jackets and ponchos.   Tibet is a wool rich blend of 72% wool, 20% acrylic and 8% nylon has been specially developed for warm and cosy accessories or stylish garments to keep out the winter chill. Particularly good for beginners, this yarn makes even the simplest accessory look exciting
Alpaca DK is an impressively soft yarn which our knitters have fallen in love with. This light and indulgent yarn is available in a palette of ten shades including intense, saturated brights as well as neutral and pastel shades to suit every taste. Taking the inspiration of country weekends; our designer has created a wonderful collection of garments rich with cables and textures including boleros, cardigans and jumpers for women and girls.  Alpaca DK is 20% Alpaca and 80% acrylic for softness and excellent wash and wear qualities.
Tibet is £3.99 per 50g ball of 35m and Alpaca DK is £4.15 per 100g ball of 240m.
For more information, samples or images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear
-ends-

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

STYLECRAFT LAUNCHES SENSES AND ALLSORTS

Press Release
20th August 2013

88358817 (2) 8839 8815 (3)

Second phase of autumn launch features lace and super chunky yarns

No winter wardrobe should be without two new yarns from Stylecraft.  Senses and Allsorts cover both ends of the spectrum of yarns; a soft, rich lace weight and a fun, super chunky.

Senses is a subtle fine lace weight yarn, made from a blend of the softest  mohair and  premium acrylic. This feminine, luxurious yarn is available in  chalky  soft, as well as earthy ombre and tonal colour combinations; from rosehip reds to deep plums and golden ochre to blackest elder. Stylecraft’s first lace weight yarn is ideal for light but cosy garments that can be worn day and night, or for knitting your favourite lace shawl patterns. The yarn is supported by a beautiful collection of lacy jumpers, cardigans and accessories to compliment the yarn’s handle and drape.

Allsorts is a bright and colourful chainette yarn with contrasting slubs woven into its texture.
It is soft to the touch and knits up quickly  to give a thick but lightweight structure. As the name implies you can knit all sorts with it. Stylecraft have focussed on quick and easy to make accessory patterns suitable for beginner and more advanced knitters. The tension is the same as other super chunky yarns in the Stylecraft range, so can be used for garment patterns too.

Senses (80% acrylic, 20% Mohair) has an RRP of £3.45 per 50gm ball of 250 m knitted on size 4-5mm needles.  Allsorts costs just £3.99 for a 50g ball of 45 m knitted on size 10mm needles.
For more information, samples or images contact Juliet Bernard at Bluebear
-ends-

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized