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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Sad Calico News

Hello all.

Some of you will already have heard the horrible news about the fire at Calico Crafts, and that they have been forced to stop trading.  Several of you were asking about the broken link from my most recent Calico project, but Helen wanted to break the news herself, so this is just to let you know the official announcement is now up in place of the website.

I'm so heart-broken for Helen and Steve.  It must be a devastating loss after all their hard work in creating and building Calico Crafts, a true original in the craft supplies world - with such interesting and inspiring stock, not to mention their wonderful line of Calico Craft Parts.  I do hope they will find some way to re-join the crafting world in the future, but for now my love and thoughts go to them as they work to recover from this awful blow.

So many of my favourite crafty goodies came from Calico, and it was a real joy to be a part of the amazing Calico Design Team.  My thanks go to Helen and Steve, as well as to Zuzu who organised us all so beautifully.

Adieu!  I have too grieved a heart to take a tedious leave.
William Shakespeare

34 comments:

Julie Ann Lee said...

Oh, that's terrible news. My heart goes out to Calico Crafts. There are too few of these original crafting suppliers. How sad that this should have happened.Julie Ann xxx

Fliss said...

Really sorry to hear the sad news Alison as it must be awful for them to have lost everything.
Sorry too to be missing lately and the reason why is on my blog.
Your last projects are amazing and so beautiful.
Fliss xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a sad news...to see a great part of your life and your total business, gone in flames. Wish the owners and everybody who feels nearby, lots of strength!
Alie

Buttons said...

Such awful news Alison. I really hope they find a way through all of this. Jenny x

Ellie Knol said...

how sad!

sally said...

How dreadfully sad! All wishes for them to keep heart & hope they can rejoin our crafty world one day.

Sally

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

This is such sad news and devastating for all of you.
I hope they are able to re-build and to keep hope throughout although at the moment I am sure they can barely comprehend what has happened.
Wishes
Lynne

Kath said...

sad news indeed xxx

Deborah said...

Such sad news. I remember visiting Calico Crafts back before it was online only. I'd not been crafting long and it was like a wonderland. At least no one was hurt. Hope they get back on their feet soon.

chrissies said...

Very sad news Alison and I hope that they can start again.

Love Chrissie x

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

That is terrible news. I am so very sad for them. Sending them love & best wishes.

Redanne said...

It really is dreadful news, I feel so sad for them and I hope they can recover from this and re-build the business again - in time. Anne xx

craftytrog said...

So sorry to hear this sad news! xxx

Annie said...

How tragic. Everyone must be devastated but the main thing is no-one was hurt. Sending much love and I hope that they can overcome this event .

TFS
Annie

Shirley Chillman said...

Very very sad news indeed Alison. Life can be very cruel at times and this is one of those times.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
ShirlsCards.

JackieP Neal said...

Oh Alison,
SO sorry to hear such dreadful news- my thoughts and prayers go out to the owners and their family and staff.
keeping you in thoughts also,Alison hugs Jackie

craftimamma said...

How dreadful for such a lovely craft supply company to see so many years hard work gone overnight. I do hope they can rise from the ashes and I'm sure their customers will return in droves.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Inky and Quirky said...

Terrible news,I remember they were the first online retailer I got craft supplies from and they offered something that little bit different too. Hope they can rebuild it back to the level it was

Hugs
Donna xx

Anita Houston said...

I had no idea. How devastating. Peace to all involved.

Helen said...

oh my word, how absolutely awful for them. I have been away so didn't know.. hope they can rebuild the business. thanks for letting us know.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are very sad news. Life isn't fair sometimes.

Tincan Crafter said...

That is just awful news. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

Tincan Crafter said...

That is just awful news. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

Astrid Maclean said...

So, so sad, they will be sorely missed!!

barbarayaya62 said...

So sad news, i'm so sorry! BArbarayaya

Dorthe said...

I`m so sad to read this Alison, how very awfull for them, I dearly hope they can get back and re-built , and that they can find the joy of living again.
Dorthe, oxo

cybil said...

I am so sorry to hear the news. Im glad no one was hurt. I hope you can recover from this and return better then before.

Shari Trumbull said...

Very sad news indeed :( Calico Crafts has many crafty friends praying for them from around the world! So glad that no one was hurt! XOXO-Shari

Hettie said...

How tragic for Calico Crafts. I do hope they are able to rise out of the ashes.
Hugs
x

pearshapedcrafting said...

It certainly is sad news! Let's hope they can recover! x

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

OMG, that is so painful! Very very sad news! I am so sorry to hear that. I hope they had adequate insurance, but still a whole lifetime's work destroyed, oh my.

Hugs,
Linda

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

OMG, that is so painful! Very very sad news! I am so sorry to hear that. I hope they had adequate insurance, but still a whole lifetime's work destroyed, oh my.

Hugs,
Linda

Amanda said...

What a soul destroying thing to happen, making a business work in this day and age is never easy hope that they have the opportunity to relaunch the business and continue their success.
Love
Amanda x

Marjie Kemper said...

Tragic! I hope they are able to recover. So glad no people were injured.