Are you making a New Year’s resolution to start an exciting textile craft project, learn a new skill or buy your very first sewing machine? Then The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the place to start – and I got tickets to give away.
The Knitting & Stitching Show is the UK’s biggest textile art, craft and design event and the Spring show opens its doors to thousands of crafters at Olympia London on 1st-4th March 2018. From embroidery to dressmaking, needle felting to crochet, there are over 200 workshops and free demonstrations hosted by expert tutors, covering every textile craft imaginable. Whether you’re a complete beginner, an expert seamstress or somewhere in between, there is something for everyone. There are nine workshop classrooms bookable in advance on the show website from £15 for one hour, including all materials needed.
Bring a large recicle bag because you will be tempted by over 150 stalls. From yarn and fabric, buttons and beads to the latest sewing machines and gadgets, we guarantee you won’t go home empty-handed.
Galleries by leading textile artists, graduates and groups are sure to inspire, with exhibitions by Kate Whitehead (Not From The Stork), Anne Kelly (Folk Tales), Dionne Swift and her students from around the world (Collective Stitches), City Lit (Making), The Quilters Guild (Commemorating World War 1) and SAQA (Concrete & Grassland).
Contemporary cross stitch kingpin, Mr X Stitch (Jamie Chalmers) will be hosting The Mr X Stitch Guide to Cross Stitch, featuring new work by artists pushing the boundaries of the genre, plus cross stitch and canvas work from the Royal School of Needlework archives.
I got 5 pairs to attend ( besides Saturday). My favorite day to attend is Sunday as is less crowded and I can really interact with everyone. Sadly I won’t be going as I’m in Brazil recovering from my back problem. I’m counting on you to let me enjoy via distance. Just comment and I will pick a winner on Saturday night Brasil time. I will announce on Instagram so you can add your handle on the comment.
Noteworthy: Tickets are on sale now and cost £13.50 in advance (concessions £12.50, children aged 5-18 £6.00)*. A wide selection of options is available from www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6165 from outside the UK). *A booking fee of £1.50 is payable per order