And So It Starts Again

25 June 2012

I’m sorry about the lack of updates on the continuing and never-ending story of KAL Media/All Craft Media/Kerrie Allman but I’ve been away for five weeks.  But for those of you waiting with baited breath, here goes.  If you’re easily confused, read no further.

So Tailor Made Publishing bought all the titles from the Administrators of All Craft Media and announced they would be publishing Yarnwise (formerly Knit, Inside Crochet and Handmade Living).  They appointed new, and very well thought of editors (two of whom I was delighted to meet while in England).  They also announced that they would sell on the other titles.

On 1st June, a new business, Craft Magazine Shop, owned by one Derek Barnes, issued a statement that it had bought the other titles – Sew Hip, Simply Beautiful, Modern Quilting and Handmade Fashion, AND that it would also be launching a new magazine, Handmade Weddings.  It has a website – interestingly the domain name was registered on 10th May 2012 by none other than All Craft Media.  This date is AFTER that company was placed in Administration and without the knowledge of the Administrators. 

Who is Derek Barnes?  Heaven only knows (but if YOU do, please let me know).  He hasn’t been heard of since and no announcements and emails from this company have been issued in his name. 

HOWEVER, Shirley Rycroft (Kerrie’s mother) answers the telephone number, Kerrie’s sister works for this new business and despite all protestations from Kerrie herself, all the evidence and information from those who know her would lead me to believe that she is also working there (or running the show?). 

So if you’re thinking of buying any of these Craft Magazine Shop magazines (should any of them actually make it into print, that is), please think twice about it.  If you’re thinking of submitting designs or articles, I would suggest you just donate money or time to the charity of your choice – past experiences would show that you’re unlikely to receive payment on time if at all, and your samples will be lost in the post.  And if you’re a previous advertiser with any of these titles, you can ignore the email that has been sent which heavily implies that your advertising contracts are still in force.  They’re NOT. 

From what I’ve seen and heard, the Tailor Made titles look good and will be hitting the shops in the UK in the next week or so.    

And on another note, the person who sent a string of abusive comments my way before I went away will be sorry to read that my plane did NOT fall out of the sky as they wished.

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  1. Welcome home! Who was it that first said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive”?

    • Sir Walter Scott 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on claireejknits and commented:
    I knew the company had to be in some way related to Kerrie Allman. For all the denials, it just seemed too quick for the buy-out to be anything other than a relation or “friend”. Watch out people. There seems to be no way to keep that woman down.

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