February Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

It's trade show season in the world of craft and although I was unfortunately left behind when a small Trimcraft team headed to Phoenix in Arizona, USA, I was able to attend Creativeworld in Frankfurt and, earlier this week and much closer to home, CHSI Stitches at the NEC in Birmingham.


Creativeworld was a real treat! Full of inspiration and brimming with upcoming craft trends, there was so much to take in. On my return I wrote a review on my blog and also added a gallery of all of the crafts I made during my demos on the stand using the latest Trimcraft collections. 


I had a crafty time at CHSI Stitches too, hosting three workshops throughout the event. Everyone attending got to play with papers and embellishments from the Dovecraft Blooming Lovely range and take a collection of goodies home too.


Together, we made three different types of gift box. As ever, during the workshops I was excited to see how everyone created something a little different with the same craft stash. A crafter's imagination is a wonderful thing!! 

Talking of which, our Marketing team have been incredibly busy lately working on this swanky new website that will allow crafters to share their amazing creations quicker than ever. I have given this fabulous website a test run and I think you’re going to be just as in love with it like I am. 

It's fantastic to meet crafters on workshops at shows and demos and hopefully, I'll be able to virtually meet many more with this new resource. We will all have a place to make new crafty friends and share our creativity. It's great to take pride in what we have created and also to be inspired by projects other people have made. I meet many crafters and am always struck by the camaraderie of the craft community. We're a very generous and welcoming bunch and happy to share our top tips and ideas so this is going to be a fantastic way to grow as crafters together. 


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Sounds like everyone had a good time. Great project, hugs Susan



I love trade show season when everyone unveils their new products! Determined that one year I will go to Creativeworld to slobber over everything and come home with very full suitcases!