Spring has arrived at Kensington Olympia with an explosion of colour and vibrancy to delight and inspire crafters.
The wide range of fabrics, yarn, craft tools, kits, patterns, beads and equipment will appeal to all crafters. The vast and varied selection of fabrics, in particular, will be of great interest to those who enjoy sewing or embroidery.
The show organisers were very welcoming and the venue offered plenty of seating and space to take the occasional rest or have a spot of lunch and cup of tea.
The retail stands are absorbing and a delight to explore but the Knitting & Stitching show offers much more, including free demonstrations, workshops and fascinating displays of textile art showcasing both the traditional and contemporary.
Astronaut Tim Peake is immortalised in a large quilt featuring the BBC Breaking News .
Don’t miss the scary Games of Thrones star.
There are also practical studio classes on offer where, for a modest fee, you can learn new techniques in small groups led by some of the UK’s leading craft experts [limited availability so book in advance to be sure of a place].
The Campaign for Creativity has been launched in recognition of creative learning being vital to child development, including expression, problem solving and developing communication. In recent years the emphasis on creative subjects in schools has dwindled despite the health benefits. The show is collecting embroidered signatures as a visual representation of the Creativity Petition. Take your own or create at the show with helpers and materials supplied.
As always, we left the show weighed down with replenished supplies, new products to try and lots of exciting ideas to keep us busy for months ahead.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
Contributor and photographs – Kris Webb
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