Are you interested in becoming a expert knitter, superb sewer, champion quilter or demon dressmaker? For all aspects of textile art, stitch and crafts make your way to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at London Olympia on 3rd to 6th March.
There will be hundreds of workshops, demonstrations and interactive features running throughout the show and there’s plenty of shopping opportunities too. Over 200 specialist companies, from sewing machine manufacturers to yarn makers, will be selling a huge range of essential knitting, sewing and textile craft supplies, with a host of show discounts and special offers.
New for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show this year is the chance to be inspired by the work of leading UK textile artists. Exhibiting in six professionally-curated Textile Galleries include featured artists:
Model, prop and set maker Jessica Dance (Material World)
Stitched textile and collage artist Louise Baldwin (Two Worlds)
Mixed media textile artists Mary Sleigh and Jan Miller (Somewhere in Between)
Printed textile artist and designer Michelle House
Embroiderer Nigel Cheney (The Forest of Arden)
The Quilters’ Guild (Moving On)
Other show features include:
The Create and Craft Theatre
Presented by leading lights of the knitting and stitching world, the Creative Living Theatre offers free demonstrations on a whole array of different textile projects. There will be sessions from the Great British Sewing Bee’s Matt Chapple, Chinelo Bally and Lauren Guthrie, patchwork guru Liz Betts and homeware sewing expert Debbie Shore.
The Dressmaking Studio, in association with The McCall Pattern Company and SEW TODAY
Whether you’re a complete newcomer to dressmaking or have higher level skills, our team of experts will be on hand to explain the basics of dressmaking, from buttonholes, hems and seam finishing to zip insertion and understanding patterns.
The Inspiration Station
At the Mr X Stitch Inspiration Station, learn cross stitch with students from the Royal School of Needlework, enjoy embroidered entries from the Young Embroiderers’ De Denne competition and feast your eyes on incredible new work by fresh new embroidery talent, introduced by Mr X Stitch himself, Jamie Chalmers.
The Knitted Feast Competition
Knitters of all abilities from across the UK are joining forces this year to take up the show’s challenge to create a feast that looks good enough to eat. A life-size 3D knitted and crochet banquet will be a centrepiece for this year’s show. Crafters can either create their own food item or download a Susie Johns knitted fruit and vegetable pattern from the show’s website.
The National Fashion Textiles Competition
Now in its third year, this hard-fought competition to find the UK’s most talented young fashion textile designers aged 16 to 19 attracts hundreds of entries. After a superb collection of entries, our judging team will announce an overall winner at the show on Thursday 3rd March. Visitors can see this year’s 20 shortlisted designs displayed within a dedicated gallery at the show.
UK Hand Knitting Association – Drop In Knitting & Crochet Experience
If you’re new to textile crafts, why not learn from the best? Expert volunteers from the UK Hand Knitting Association will be teaching knitting and crochet free of charge at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show so drop in and learn how to get started. For more advanced crafters, get advice from the team about any knitting or crochet challenge you’re having.
Tickets for The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show cost £13.00 in advance (concessions £12),
For more information and to book tickets, visit The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show website here
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