The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show at ExCel offered some exciting recreation for the those with a crafty inclination. There were a manageable 60 Exhibitors selling a wide range of equipment and accessories with a huge variety of fabrics, threads, yarn and paper products – a perfect place to stock up.
This was definitely a great show for those who like a ‘hands on’ experience with many taster workshops offering help and support with new products and traditional crafts. You don’t often get the chance to go home with a crafty masterpiece and leave someone else to clear up the mess! Most workshops were £5 a session and very popular with adults and children. The drop in lecture theatre offered illustrated talks where experts unravelled the mysteries of their crafts [the sit down was very welcome too!].
There was an eclectic mix of ‘Special Features’ to compliment the retail therapy. My particular favourite was the ‘Yarnia’ display, incredible life-sized knitted and crocheted figures depicting three scenes from C S Lewis’s, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – the theme being the evacuation from London.
‘Glimpses of Brazil’ was an embroidery competition supported by the Embroiderer’s Guild and the colourful winners were on display. A timely reminder that Brazil is the venue for the 2016 Olympic Games in the summer.
For those interested in Quilting, there were quilts from the Canadian Red Cross, made by Canadian women to support the WW2 war effort. They were made with anything the ladies could get their hands on and sent over to the UK as a compassionate contribution for the displaced people. Many modern quilts were also displayed by the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
This show really does have something for everyone who loves to craft and illustrates the considerable growing interest in Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts .
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
Contributor – Kris Webb
If you would like further information, visit the show website here
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