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The Craft Cotton Company - what are they up to?

29 Sep 2018

Craft Business recently caught up with The Craft Cotton Company MD, Dani Phillips, to find out what is happening in the world of craft fabrics and to learn about their plans for the coming year

Everyone loves dinosaurs and Dippy the Dinosaur is perhaps the most famous exhibit from the world renowned Natural History Museum. Until now, the Diplodocus has never been on public display outside of London but Dippy has now started a UK tour, which is sure to draw the crowds wherever he goes.

Young and old seem to be obsessed with dinosaurs. Maybe it is because some species were amongst the largest animals ever to roam the earth, or other species were both ferocious and terrifying? Kids have a particular fascination with dinosaurs, often from a very young age, learning names and facts about the various types of dinosaurs.

With this love of dinosaurs, the Craft Cotton Company have signed a license with the Natural History Museum to produce ranges of fabric for craft, quilting and patchwork. The first collection, Explore the Plains, has just been launched and the company are very excited to offer these designs for sale. The range features images that have been approved by the experts at the museum as authentic representations of the museum’s exhibits. The prints are educational as well, as most of the images show the full Latin name of the dinosaur. As you would expect from the Craft Cotton Company, the prints are produced in a vibrant colour palette and are printed to the highest standards in Korea. Explore the Plains, features five prints available by the metre, as a fat quarter pack and as a fun panel.

The next collection, Explore the Oceans, launching in the New Year, will be perfect for everyone that enjoys having a whale of a time when sewing!

Using licensed character prints is a great way for both new and experienced sewers to have a good time with their hobby.

The Craft Cotton Company distribute many ranges designed by Camelot Fabrics. The Harry Potter collection, produced by Camelot under license from Warner Brothers, has attracted huge interest already. Designs in the range feature all your favourite characters including Harry, Hermione and Ron, the Four Houses and the Marauders Map. Fabrics are now in stock and special delivery by levitation is available to anyone who has mastered the Wingardium Leviosa spell!

It is fair to say that Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and Christopher Robin have stood the test of time and many generations have grown up loving these characters and the stories that they appear in. This autumn, The Craft Cotton Company are excited to offer a range of cute prints, produced by Camelot under license from Disney. This collection is partly influenced by the original hand drawings found in the books by AA Milne. These designs are perfect for any nursery project you may be doing.

Designs intended for nursery projects have been a big area of growth for the company in recent times. Many parents and loved ones want to personalise their nurseries by making cushions, curtains, quilts and other decorations. The company has recently launched a range of nursery basics in muted shades of grey, pink and blue.

It is with much excitement that in 2019 we will see the launch of a new license owned by the company, perfect for the nursery category as well as appealing to all ages. Miffy is over 60 years old and whilst the books have been loved by many people for years, the brand has been far reaching this year in both high street fashion and home décor. The Craft Cotton Company have been granted a fabric license by Mercis bv and you can expect lots of gorgeous designs on cotton and organic jersey featuring the lovable rabbit and her friends.

A highlight of this year has been the collaborations that The Craft Cotton Company have done with popular sewing personalities including Debbie Shore and Stuart Hillard.

Debbie used inspiration from her gorgeous home and garden for ‘A Cottage Garden’. Next year she is launching two quilt ranges, a springtime collection called ‘A Lily Pad’ and ‘Christmas with Debbie Shore’ where she shares everything she and her family love about Christmas, recipes included!

Stuart used Japanese influences for his elegant ‘Kimono’ range and the cotton prints sold out in record time. He is also bringing out two quilt collections in 2019. The first is ‘Rainbow Etchings’, subtle hand-drawn images including the sun, clouds and raindrops, in the vivid colours of the rainbow. His second collection is a playful story on the themes of hot air balloons and all the fun of the fair.

Joining Debbie and Stuart will be Sarah Payne who is super excited to launch her first range of fabrics in the New Year. Sarah has designed ‘Eastern Botanicals’, a sophisticated collection of prints influenced by Eastern flora and fauna in pink, blue and black colour palettes.

Lots of inspiration can be found on the company blog with hundreds of free to use projects at craftcottonblog.co.uk and the company can be contacted by email on enquiries@craftcotton. com or call 0161 832 2213.

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