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Autumn Fair Goes Knitting Mad

By Zoe Monk 22 Aug 2012

With just over a week to go until the Hobby, Arts & Crafts sector of the Autumn Fair International springs into life, some more major yarn and fabric suppliers have signed up to get in on the selling action.

Due to take place from September 2 – 5 at the NEC in Birmingham, Autumn Fair International boasts an extensive exhibitor list, full to the brim of big name arts and craft brands, and continues to go from strength to strength.

Names include Sirdar, Coats Crafts, King Cole, DMC Creative World, Grundl via Creative World of Craft and Wendy Wool, Robin and Peter Pan via Thomas B Ramsden.

Hayley Howell, marketing manager of wool giant Coats Crafts said: “Coats are very excited to be attending the Autumn Fair this year, and hope to inspire a new audience with our superb crafts ranges.”

Speaking of their involvement in the show, Caroline Symonds of King Cole commented: “Within the craft industry, hand knitting is one of the on-going growth areas. We need to make sure that any interested retailer gets this message and knows where to come for excellence in supply and service. Autumn Fair 2012 seems to be a perfect opportunity for this with the dedicated craft sector space.

PR Coordinator Cara Ackerman, commented on DMC Creative World’s Autumn Fair showcase, saying: “DMC Creative World are delighted and extremely excited to be exhibiting at Autumn Fair this year. It is such an important trade show as it is a key platform to meet existing retailers and speak to new customers interested in stocking DMC products. A perfect showcase for all that is new from DMC for 2012”.

Commenting on the blossoming sector and welcoming these major suppliers to the show, event director Roz McGuinness said: “We are delighted to welcome to Autumn Fair 2012 so many fantastic yarn brands. Buyers will have the opportunity to review the latest trends in yarns, fabrics, threads and patterns for the autumn/winter season as well as seeing the fashions come to live via the Craft Catwalk in Hall 4 sponsored by DMC Creative and Sirdar.

“Companies will be exhibiting fantastic yarn gift sets for gift shops as along with full ranges of ancillary products for craft retail outlet the addition of these brands brings together a fantastic collection of suppliers promoting products across arts and exhibiting within Hall 5. With seminar programmes presented by craft celebrities including Anthea Turner along with live product demonstrations, Hobby Arts & Craft has something for everyone looking to capitalise on the burgeoning craft boom”.

Hobby, Arts & Crafts will be located in Hall 5 of The NEC at Autumn Fair International 2012.

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