12 Feb 2018By John Gatimu
CHSI Stitches has long been the go-to show for discovering the latest must have craft products. We asked exhibitors to let us know what products they are most excited about, here are just a few.
Spin a yarn
Cygnet Yarns supplies some of the finest ranges of hand knitting yarns in the UK. The brand has recently introduced a brand-new product from the hugely popular Boho Spirit variegated range. The light feather-weight fabric is available in six stand-out vibrant shades that give an incredible sheen finish. The loftiness of the yarn falls between a DK and Aran weight, allowing it to knit up on larger needles and smaller needles for a stunning drape and fabulous sheen.
Cygnet Yarns will also be bringing its hugely successful ‘Seriously Chunky’ range to the show. The beautifully made metallic yarn oozes luxury and stands out as the only one of its kind in the UK market. With its true metallic sheen, the yarn is perfect for garments, homewares and accessories.
Danish yarn company ISAGER, based in Northern Denmark, has been supplying patterns and quality yarns since 1977. Designer Helga Isager, will introduce her new beautiful collection to CHSI 2018.
Warwickshire-based TOFT is a firm favourite among visitors to CHSI stitches, bringing a beautiful range of super soft 100 per cent British pure wool yarns. Kerry Lord’s crochet patterns appeal to both new and experienced crafters. TOFT will be showcasing Kerry Lord’s incredible new book, Edward’s Crochet Doll Emporium. Crafters can create miniature crochet versions of themselves, family or friends - building up from the basic body with hairstyles, hats, outfits and accessories to capture family and friends in crochet form.
Pixelhobby UK launched designs on Hochana TV in 2017. Pixel hobby pictures are created using small plastic squares (pixels) placed onto a hard, clear base plate. The company creates exclusive designs from keyring and magnet kits to large, impressive projects. The kits consist of baseplates, pixel squares and a simple pattern that crafters of all abilities can enjoy.
Craft Yourself Silly will be bringing its exciting new software to the show. SewBug, has rapidly become popular, allowing craft fans to design their own quilting, sewing and applique patterns. Craft Yourself Silly is now making this software available for businesses to purchase. With a huge range of patterns, design options and the ability to upload photographs, this new software brings technology and traditional craft together.
Chalk paint has long been the go-to product for upcycling. Novasol Spray takes this to the next level with its Pinty Plus Spray Chalk Finish Paint. Available in 19 different colours from neutrals to vibrant reds, they create a fantastic chalk finish and can be used on a range of materials, from glass to polystyrene, making it perfect for crafting and arty projects.
Eugenio Gabarro is a family owned company located in Igualada Barcelona producing beautiful leather cords for use in jewellery, footwear, craft and fashion projects. Its products are made with a fantastic range of quality materials with the Round Leather Cord a speciality. The 1mm cord made from kangaroo leather is a product that stands out from the crowd.
Search Press will be bringing exciting new titles to the show along with best- selling favourites. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, it is relaunching its Twenty to Make series with a range of spinners and desk-top displays, as well as free project cards, shelf wobblers and display posters to support crafters in trade.
Stitch, sew, weave
2017 saw Bothy Threads Ltd. launch 60 new designs and there’s plenty more in the pipeline for 2018. A brand-new Spring Collection will be showcased at Stitches and features Hannah Dale’s popular countryside animals on the exclusive speckle printed Aida. The ‘Wrendale Collection’ will release four brand new cross stitch sewing kits for the trade show, making a total of thirty-three kits to choose from.
Tilly and The Buttons returning with its gorgeous, easy-to- use sewing patterns for the modern maker. The star product Etta is an elegant fitted dress, shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders that are sleek and flattering, with a choice of sleeves and necklines.
Moscow-based Gamma Trading will be bringing the unique design creation of WOOLA to CHSI Stitches 2018. Crafters can create tapestries with tassels, plaits and braiding which make beautiful textured combinations.