Wednesday, 20 February 2013

My favourite finds from the trade show

I decided I couldn't wait to do full reviews and writes on some of my favourite things I found at the trade show so I've shared some of them below.  Full details and reviews will follow on the main site over the next few weeks.

Fabric torch sewing with electric conducting thread
Fabric Torch from Light Stitches
Light Stitches
This was the most exciting thing that I saw at the show.  Neil from Light Stitches has found a way of embedding electrical circuits into textiles, with the thread acting as the wire, to make the most amazing craft kits.  Think bags with lights in them, cushions turned into speaker, fabric torches and more.
We will be reviewing a kit and letting you know when the kits are available retail.  At the moment they are only available to schools and retailers but their shop for hobbyists will be online soon.
Heat moldable interfacing from Bosal
Heat moldable interfacing from Bosal
Something else that I was pretty excited about is a range of new products from Bosal.  It may sound boring when I tell you that they make interfacing but these interfacing products are so innovative!  My favourites were the inferfacing that you can heat up with an iron or hair dryer to mold into any shape you want – an easy way to make fabric bowls, boxes etc.  They also had another interfacing that crinkles when you iron it giving a shirred look effect to fabrics.  We will be reviewing them both and another of their products soon so you can see the kind of thing you could make with them.
In the UK they are distributed by Hantex, check the stockist list on their site to find suppliers.   When I write the full review I will track down some online suppliers for you.
Crafty Magazine coming in March
Crafty Magazine launching in March
Crafty Magazine
Whilst at the show I found out Practical Publishing are bringing out a new magazine next month call Crafty.  This magazine will be a trendy magazine with upcycling projects, vintage style projects, craft news and more.
I will find out more and do a full news post on the magazine before it launches but in the meantime check out their site:
Super Stitchers sewing kits for children
Kids die cut sewing kits from Super Stitchers

Super Stitchers
We discovered Super Stitchers, a brand new company who sell sewing kits for children (also suitable for beginner adults).  Unlike many kits when you have to cut out the part needed (which can be pretty tricky for children) all the components come die cut so the children can get straight on with the sewing and end up with a great looking finished project.
WonderFil prewound bobbins
 Pre-wound bobbins from WonderFil

WonderFil Pre-wound bobbins
Last but by no means least these pre-threaded bobbins from WonderFil caught my eye.  What a great time saving measure, I’m sure like me many of you hate having to stop in the middle of a project to wind a new bobbin.  With these you can just pop the next bobbin in and keep sewing.   They came in sets of mixed colours of several bobbins of the same colour. I will look into UK stockists and report back.

Which do you most like the look of?


Sonia said...

I'm quite excited by the heat'n'mold (I've totally made that up!) - that seems to have endless possibilities. Sounds like a fun time :)

Sewing Directory said...

I'm very excited by it too, I should be getting some to review soon. Can't wait :-)

What to make first.....

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