Festive Sampler

We’ve had a busy week. This is mainly due to a conversation that I had with Russell that went something like this:

    Me: how’s the Newspaper Club project coming on?

    Russell: yeah, good

    Me: be great to do a newspaper for Folksy next year. With hindsight it would have been good to do a Christmas catalogue as a newspaper, a sort of sampler.

    Russell: why with hindsight?

    Me: because it’s too late now.

    Russell: erm well, we could get one out next week if you want.

    Me: [falls off chair] OK.

And so it went that Anne and I (yes, OK, mostly Anne) set to work getting the content for a newspaper together and liaising with Newspaper Club’s resident designer to create a style and lay it all out right. Newspapers tend to be produced quickly; there’s a time constraint that defines them but it’s one we’re not used to. It was a bit of a rush, but we made it. So, without further ado, here’s the Folksy Festive Sampler:

Download a copy here (PDF file, 5 MB optimised for web)

We got around 8,000 printed. They came from a newspaper print place in Peterborough. We took some to the Folksy Christmas Do and the rest were delivered to the office. What do you think of it?

We’re sending some out to Folksy people this week and also to some journos and craft fair organisers. If you’re organising a craft fair or want to distribute some or actually just one want then let us know by emailing us at be@folksy.co.uk and stating what you want them for and how many you’d like.

Many thanks to the fabulous folk at Newspaper Club (Ben, Russell, Alex) for their help in making this happen.



  • December 1, 2009


    Wow! Good stuff.

  • December 1, 2009


    How exciting!

  • December 1, 2009


    Oh this is cool :)

  • December 1, 2009


    I love the look of that. Great idea.

  • December 1, 2009

    Dolly Knits

    This is soooooo exciting and looks great! Looking forward to seeing a hard copy. x

  • December 1, 2009


    How excellent! Well done you lot :)

  • December 1, 2009

    Lucy Player

    Looks fantastic, what a nice idea (& I think I even spy my t-shirt in there :D)!

  • December 1, 2009


    Really lovely. Merry Newtonmas, Folksy!

  • December 1, 2009

    Annabella Designs

    lovely idea, Well done you..:)

  • December 1, 2009

    Shaz from Oddsox

    Totally cool & very speedy!

  • December 1, 2009


    Wow! Brilliant, great idea!

  • December 1, 2009


    This is so so cool, i love it !!!

  • December 1, 2009


    Great work guys, it looks fab! Hope we see many more editions in 2010 x

  • December 1, 2009


    Love the design and a great idea. Going to order some for up North and spread some Folksy love x

  • December 1, 2009


    YES! Looks fabulous! Ordering some for my upcoming Christmas fairs xxxx

  • December 1, 2009


    WOWEEE! Looks absolutely fantastic! :D

  • December 1, 2009


    Excellent!! Good work! Nothing like a short dead line to make you feel alive eh?! x

  • December 1, 2009

    Heather (Niftyknits)

    Thanks so much for sending a batch out to me so quickly! I’m looking forward to handing them out at my pub/craft fair tomorrow – HoodenersHorse Great Chart Kent if you’re in the area, 12-4!

  • December 1, 2009


    I had a stall at a craft fair in Sheffield today and picked one up – really great idea and it looked fab! I wish it’d all happened last week though and we could have had some for our Craft Candy Christmas fair! Great job guys!

  • December 1, 2009


    Good luck to all the entrants for the Upcycle competition, I have just been looking at all the entries – there is some really fab stuff. Don’t forget to fav your favourites everyone! When is the judging taking place and what is the date of the auction?

  • December 1, 2009


    Hello – i just saw on the twitter feed that the judging is today and the auction tomorrow – is there a link to the auction so that we can let people know where to go! And how long does the auction last? Thanks guys!

  • December 1, 2009

    Murgatroyd & Bean

    Lots of great ideas coming out of the Folksy ‘Mothership’ to let the wider public know we are here. Looking forward to what you come up with next….

  • December 1, 2009


    I just got one in the post this morning, must say it’s really rather smashing.

    So much so it prompted me to come back and give Folksy another shot.

    Merry Christmas guys.

  • December 1, 2009


    I love this, got mine in the post and squealed a little bit as I was so excited. Great work! x

  • December 1, 2009


    What a surprise – love it!

  • December 1, 2009

    Jude Allman

    Excellent idea! It caused a bit of stir at two Christmas craft shows Iocally – not least when I discovered I was listed in it! So thank you!

  • December 1, 2009

    Jennifer Ashby

    It was such a pleasant surprise when my sampler came throught the post! Thank you, it was a great idea and well executed, especially considering the time constraints.
    Well done, and keep up the good work.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

  • December 1, 2009


    I really enjoyed reading the sampler, thanks for sending it to me. What a good idea. I hope you all have a very happy christmas and a prosperous new year!

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