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Welcome Bubbalux! The Ultimate Craft Board

22nd February 2019

Bubbalux have arrived at Hochanda! The Bubbalux Ultimate Creative Craft Board is a totally unique product designed specifically for craft and hobby use and we are thrilled to have the join the channel. It can be die-cut, embossed, heat formed into 3-D shapes, painted, glued and embellished with waxes. Bubbalux is both durable and water-proof so your creations will last the test of time. Bubbalux comes in 6 vibrant colour options and can be used for a wide range of craft, hobby and model making applications. Watch Bubbalux live on Hochanda on Saturday the 23rd Feb at 3pm!

Katy Sue Designs pledge their loyalties to Hochanda

19th February 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Katy Sue Designs have pledged their loyalties to Hochanda and are fully committed to a long-term relationship. Having joined the channel in April 2017, Katy Sue Designs have become a regular on the channel and a valued member of the Hochanda Family. Having grown their portfolio of products with Hochanda including moulds, paper packs, books and clays we are delighted this is set to grow further throughout 2019. The diverse nature of the range has enabled them to flourish as our audience has become engrossed in the ever-inspiring demonstrations from household names including Noreen McKie, Nicholas Lodge, Kathryn Sturrock, Ceri Griffiths and Antony Minnis. So what lies ahead? 2019 is set to be an exciting year for Katy Sue Designs as they are set to bring you more product launches than ever before and you can expect some exciting new additions to the Sugar Buttons range by Kathryn Sturrock.

Quote from Sam Small, Hochanda Buyer

I have been working alongside the team at Katy Sue since their launch in 2017. For me, as a buyer, what stands out is their amazing attention to detail. The moulds are high quality and their design partners create highly intricate and detailed designs. They have built up a loyal following on Hochanda and what makes them so unique is that they appeal to such a wide audience, whether you’re a card crafter or a mixed media artist; there’s so much versatility which can be seen in all the finished samples their dedicated design team create. I am looking forward to all the exciting launches coming in 2019.

Quote from Sue Balfour, Katy Sue Designs Managing Director

We have been delighted by the response of the viewers at Hochanda. They continually encourage us to bring new and more unusual crafts to the channel. So far we have brought the beautiful artwork of Adventures in Paper Cutting, Flower Pro which is a range of moulds and tools that create professional standard flowers easily, Sugar Buttons the whimsical mould range, our very popular range of card making pads and of course our award winning range of decorative moulds and clays. Thanks to our product development designer partners and Hochanda’s continued support of Katy Sue Designs, we are looking forward to bringing lots of very exciting new products and guests in the coming months.


15th February 2019

Hochanda and SDN are pleased to announce the contract renewal securing Hochanda’s position on Freeview channel 85 through to 2026. Having achieved record growth in 2018 cementing Hochanda’s position as the go to destination for entertainment and inspiration across Crafts, Hobbies and Art. The Freeview platform allows Hochanda to continue delivering innovation and education through amazing product, loyal supplier partners and fantastic customers.

The Freeview capacity provided by SDN ensures Hochanda remains at the forefront of broadcast technology delivering dedicated entertainment to nearly 19 million homes across the UK. Hochanda produce inspiring and educational content for viewers of all ages, ability and gender within the craft industry. The relationships we have established with our supply partners provide a diverse array of quality products offered at competitive prices combined with exceptional customer service and product presentation. Hochanda deliver engaging, informative and highly entertaining shows making Hochanda the craft hobby and art retailer of choice.

Quote from Paul Wright, Chairman of Hochanda

We are delighted to have renewed our agreement with SDN demonstrating our commitment to our Freeview audience for the foreseeable future and we look forward to showcasing many more exciting brands and inspirational guests over the years to come.

Quote from Ross Appleton, Managing Director of SDN

I'm really pleased that Hochanda have extended their commitment to Freeview, and to SDN. It's fantastic news that our partnership is set to continue into the 2020s, and that viewers across the UK will continue to be able to enjoy Hochanda's programming on the UK's largest TV platform.

Hochanda & SDN

Craft to Metal join Hochanda on the 23rd February!

14th February 2019

The Hochanda family continues to grow as we welcome another addition to the channel. Craft to Metal are experts in jewellery making kits not limited to bracelets! With Craft to Metal, you can make pendants, buckles, cuff links, key rings and broaches. Simply sculpt the modelling clay, bake it to harden it and then send it back to Craft to Metal. They’ll reproduce your creation in metal, electroplate it, then return it back to you for your enjoyment. Join them at 10am on the 23rd February.

Craft to Metal

Hochanda welcomes Unicorn Spit to the channel!

11th February 2019

Unicorn Spit join the Hochanda family this week as they introduce you to their range of paints, gel stain and glaze, ideal for adding a touch of vibrancy to your projects. This collection features 14 bright colours ideal for creating masterpieces on wood, glass, metal, fabric and more, all demonstrated by the fabulous Lou Withers who will be demonstrating the endless possibilities of this fantastic product on 14th Feb at 11am and 3pm.

Unicorn Spit

Feefo Gold Trusted Award Winner 2019

6th February 2019

For the third consecutive year we are thrilled to announce that we have once again won the coveted Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award for 2019, awarded for recognition of delivering exceptional experiences and customer service throughout 2018 as rated by our customers. Thank you to everyone that has shared their ratings and reviews!

The award acknowledges brands that go above and beyond collecting ratings and reviews from verified customers – that means they are always genuine. Only the businesses providing the best experience for their customers, as rated by them, make the grade and to have achieved this for another year is a wonderful achievement for the entire Hochanda family.

Feefo Gold Trusted Award

Jenny Eclair reviews the Hochanda Watercolour Challenge

29th January 2019

Thanks then to the Marie Curie charity who offered myself and fellow arty-type, presenter Penny Smith, an opportunity to do a watercolour masterclass, filmed for a TV craft channel to raise funds for palliative care.

For the first time in my 58 years, I decided to do what I was told, just to see if it made any difference – as if I actually listened to a teacher and slavishly followed their instructions. We were painting a lake with hills in the background and the Marie Curie daffodils in the foreground. Everything our tutor did I copied, every piece of advice he gave I listened to and put into practice. I became the ultimate class swot – and did it reap rewards? Yes, dammit, my little painted postcard sized lake view is almost worth framing. (Actually it is worth framing and my mum’s getting it whether she likes it or not...)

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Marie Curie

Madhatters Laser Cut Designs join Hochanda

28th January 2019

If you're a fan of working with MDF, we have the perfect new supplier launching on 31st January! Madhatters will be joining us with their range of laser cut designs across MDF kits, plaques, frames and more. Wendy McLaren will be demonstrating how to create colourful, three-dimensional designs.

Madhatter Crafts

Welcome Avid Crafts to Hochanda

25th January 2019

We're welcoming Avid Crafts to Hochanda on Wednesday 30th January at 10am and 3pm. We'll be joined by a familiar face, Abeygale Burne, with her new range of stunning quilts, fabrics and kits! Whether you're an experienced quilter or only just starting out, Avid Crafts have the products and expertise to take your quilting to the next level.

Avid Crafts

Rosie’s Craft Shop Launches on Hochanda

18th January 2019

Rosie’s Craft Shop was created from a love of crafting. Rosie Wragg has always loved creating and started a craft business, almost accidentally, a couple of years ago. Nowadays, Rosie and her team stock a wide range of products and are coming to Hochanda to add a little bit of glitter and glamour to your projects! Rosie will be making her Hochanda debut on 31st January and is looking forward to showcasing all the products on offer from Rosie’s Craft Shop.

Rinske Stevens

12th January 2019

With box making, fabrics, quilting, buttons and more, Rinske Stevens Design is a wonderful addition to the Hochanda family. This impressive brand is ideal for making home decor pieces or creating gifts for loved ones. Join us on January 18th at 2pm, then again on January 19th at 12pm and 4pm for three fantastic hours of creative cardboard products.

Gina-B Silkworks

10th January 2019

The hugely talented Gina-B will be launching two shows with us on Wednesday 16th January. With emphasis on handwork and textile trimmings, she designs and produces a variety of craft kits, books and DVDs they are a great addition to the Hochanda family. Gina's 10am show will introduce the Teneriffe Lace Starter Pack, whilst 3pm will be a fantastic hour of button making.


Touch of Enchantment

8th January 2019

Add a sprinkle of magic to your 2019 with Touch of Enchantment! Inspired by nature and a little faerie magic, Touch of Enchantment is a brand-new craft business created by husband and wife, Mark and Janette. Each of their special kits includes all the components you will need to make a unique, detailed Faerie Door and when your door is ready, place it anywhere in your home to invite the faeries into your life.

Craftwork Cards

7th January 2019

We're incredibly excited to announce that Craftwork Cards will be joining the Hochanda family this January. Tune in on the 12th at 11am and 4pm for more stamps, dies and papers by the brand you've come to know and love. With gorgeous ranges inspired by elephants, florals and hot air balloons, there is something for everyone. Each product has been designed to co-ordinate perfectly, giving you great results every time.

Craftwork Cards

Hochanda Launch Craftalong Initiative

6th January 2019

If you’re looking to improve your crafting techniques by watching and crafting along with your favourite Hochanda guest demonstrators all from the comfort of your own home, then we would like to invite you to Craftalong! Craftalong is your monthly crafting workshop where you can tune in and be inspired to create. Our presenters and guests will make an amazing array of projects throughout the year, and you’ll have the opportunity to buy a kit to Craftalong with them. Each month we will be bringing you a brand-new kit that you can purchase in order to Craftalong with the show. Join us as 2pm on 17th February and Craftalong live with Barbara Gray.


Felt and Dandy

4th January 2019

Felt and Dandy will be joining Hochanda on the 8th January at 3pm! Run by Alison and Nic Cremona who are passionate about anything and everything to do with needle felting. They have combined their years of teaching and creative talents to produce a range of needle felting kits which create the most charming little felt animals imaginable. Nic will be joining us with a selection of exclusive kits to help bring felting to everyone, from beginners through to experienced felters!

Marie Curie Live Masterclass 25th January 12pm

1st January 2019

Hochanda are partnering with Marie Curie to showcase a live watercolour masterclass on 25th January 2019. Paint along live with two Marie Curie celebrity supporters; broadcaster and writer Penny Smith, and comedian and author Jenny Eclair, plus expert watercolour artist Matthew Palmer. Pre-order your painting kits now and tune in at 12pm on January 25th and paint along live. With the purchase of our Paint the Daffodil Kit, you'll receive a guided masterclass with expert Matthew Palmer, a set of paints on a watercolour dot card palette, two sheets of art paper, one artist's quality brush and two artist quality mounts. 100% of the profits will be generously donated by Hochanda to Marie Curie. All the money raised will help provide care and support for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones. By joining the masterclass, you will be making a huge difference to all the people that Marie Curie supports.

Hochanda shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fast Track Top 100 ‘One’s to Watch’ award

7th December 2018

Hochanda have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fast Track Top 100 ‘One’s to Watch’ award. This is an award given to the UK’s fastest growing and successful companies, with ones to watch category being companies who are expected to make the Top 100 list the following year. Hochanda were one of 30 ‘ones to watch’ finalists in 2018 and we are very much on course to be in the running to be in the Top 100 for 2019.

The Sunday Times - Ones to watch


23rd May 2018

Hochanda is fast becoming the go to destination for entertainment and inspiration across Craft, Hobbies and Art on the Freesat Platform. Hochanda are proud to be showcasing its exclusive live content to its customers on the Freesat platform. Launching in 2015 the company has experienced rapid growth developing a strong partnership with Freesat to ensure entertaining and engaging live content for their customers to consume.

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