In my last blog post about the ex-All Craft Media sewing magazines (Sew Hip, Modern Quilting and Handmade Fashion) I mentioned that it seemed like the previous ACM owner Kerrie Allman was behind the magazines. They had been purchased by a new company Craft Magazine Shop an unregistered company supposedly owned by someone called Derek Barnes. No one seems to have heard of, or been contacted by Derek, only by Kerrie and her relations.
The new domain name had been registered in the name of ACM (after they went into administration), her sister was e-mailing advertisers and her mum was answering the phones at the new company. However, despite all of that Kerrie was still swearing blind on her blog that she was nothing to do with Craft Magazine Shop. Even though she admitted her mum and sister were working there, and that she herself was back in the ACM offices she continued to maintain the company was nothing to do with her. When people started to question the contradictions in her blog posts she made her blog private.
Then on Friday it was announced on Twitter that Sew Hip had been renamed Simply Sewing, a quick search on Yudu showed the new front cover of the magazine along with the new domain name: http://www.simplysewingmag.co.uk/.
Despite the first page of the magazine urging people to visit the site there is no content on it, not even a holding page. However, I decided to do a quick Whois search and guess who registered the domain less than 2 weeks ago?
None other than Kerrie, although she did it in her maiden name - Kerrie Rycroft.
The rumors of Kerrie's involvement have been circulating ever since it was heard that Craft Magazine Shop had bought the magazines. People had reported being contacted by her in relation to the magazines, many have suggested that the new editor (Jenn Smith-Clarke) was in fact Kerrie using a pen name but for me the final confirmation is the above. Concrete evidence that Kerrie is still behind the magazines.
So do beware, this is now the third company she has run which has owned these magazines, the last 2 ledt a large number of unpaid contributors, large debts to the HMRC and their printers unpaid. The debt of the last 2 companies is over £300,000 and there could still be more creditors to come forward. Do Google All Craft Media, KAL Media or Kerrie Allman to read about other people's experiences with this company before you decide to work with them. Or read the comments on my original blog post here.