Sewing for Pleasure
INCLUDES FREE ENTRY TO
FASHION & EMBROIDERY AND THE CREATIVE CRAFT SHOW
25-28 June 2020 · NEC · Birmingham
Open 09.30-17.00 (16.00 Sun)
Unleash the creativity within you at Sewing for Pleasure – if sewing, knitting and patchwork are your passions, this spring visit the ultimate stitchers’ paradise – with all the latest supplies and ideas including must-have fabrics, fabulous yarns, patterns and threads; plus plenty to inspire and help refine your craft, including hands-on workshops, demonstrations and a chance to speak with the experts – you’re sure to leave with your imagination ignited with inspirational ideas!
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At the show
Includes: Fast Track entry | Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!) | VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks | A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon | Complimentary show guide | Exclusive mini make & take programme | VIP passes £35 per day. Upgrade when booking a ticket.
Kerrie Padmore – Living in Loveliness Workshops
Six years ago Kerrie launched Living In Loveliness, as a way to bring people together through their shared love of sewing. This passion for bringing people together extends to Kerrie’s wonderful workshops, and she looks forward to welcoming you to her stand at the show. You can also find her Sewn with Scraps workshops here.
Sewing Celebs Workshop
We love nothing more than sharing sewing skills, and are thrilled to bring you our exciting new celebrity sewing workshops. Headlining are Jen, Jan, and Mercedes, contestants on last year’s Sewing Bee, and brand ambassadors for Juki sewing machines. Book here!
Textile Talks Programme
An exciting FREE programme of talks and presentations on a variety of textile topics – no need to pre-book, just turn up and take a seat.
The Lecture Theatre is situated at the back of the hall in aisle P.
The Guild of Silk Painters
The Guild of Silk Painters is an international non-profit making organisation based in the UK. It aims to promote and inspire silk painters of all levels and abilities, and to share ideas and information through its journal and website.
The Lace Guild
The Lace Guild will be displaying lace created by their members, who work to keep this traditional craft alive. The collection will also include some contemporary pieces. Visitors will have the chance to make a small piece of lace to keep as a souvenir on their ‘have-a-go’ pillows, which are always popular – especially with younger visitors!
Woman’s Weekly Vintage Exhibition
This is a unique opportunity to see the Woman’s Weekly vintage exhibition. A few years ago, WW asked readers to send in Woman’s Weekly patterns and fabrics from the past. Working closely with dressmakers and an archivist, they have put together a capsule exhibition that will take you on a trip down memory lane.
Sew Your Style Competition 2020
Now in its third year, this competition – in association with The Pattern Pages – gives you the chance to show off your sewing style, flair and creativity. With judging on the first day, and £3,000 of prizes up for grabs, it’s primed to be an exciting competition!
West Midlands and Warwickshire Federation of WIs
The WI is a democratic, social and educational charity that provides numerous opportunities to make friends, learn a variety of new skills, and build on skills you already have. The West Midlands and Warwickshire Federations of WIs join together at Sewing for Pleasure to display their creative talents, and promote membership of the WI.
Make & Takes
Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece! There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try.
Book at the show – visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.
J P Crafts – Pixel Hobby UK · LAVINIA STAMPS · The Common Thread · MUM’S MAKERY · CLARITY STAMP · ART & CRAFT GLITTER GREETINGS · WOOL SHOP LEEDS · JUKO DESIGNS · MARBLE ART ORIGINALS · BEAD SELECTION · Blockcraft
Create a pixel mosaic key ring or fridge magnet! Suitable for any experience level and for ages 5+. Come and try this exciting technique! £2.50 per person.
Join Lavinia Stamps to learn skills, techniques and tips on stamping, using several products to create magical backgrounds, stamping with fairies and flowers, something Lavinia Stamps is recognised for.
Have you ever wanted to have a go at silk ribbon embroidery, but have not been too sure where to start? The Common Thread is running a Make and Take, giving you the opporutnity to have a go at trying this gentle style of embroidery. “Roses in June” is a pretty covered button stitched with silk ribbon roses and leaves. It comes fully kitted with everything you will need to stitch this design and Tanya will be on hand to guide you through this lovely form of embroidery.
FREE Make & Take Workshops everyday at Mum’s Makery. Sign up on the day only at Stall D12.
We will be making Lovely Lavender Pillows, a fun Sheep Fridge Magnet & a Strawberry Key chain using needle felting techniques.
Places are very limited. Schedule on website.
Claritystamp Ltd will once again be offering make and take sessions using the Groovi Parchment System throughout the show on their stand.
You will have the opportunity to create a memorable piece of parchment art using the latest Groovi plates under the supervision of our expert TV crafters.
Children and adults welcome. Glittering onto acetate with a choice of designs, which look great on Glass and lots of other materials. £2.00 per person, no need to book, classes running throughout the day.
Adults and children welcome.
Cost £2.00. No need to book.
Learn how to knit an infinity scarf in less than an hour using your arms! No knitting needles involved – great for knitters and non-knitters; adults and teenagers alike. Workshops throughout each day, £10.00 per person and you will walk away wearing your incredibly attractive (and clever) infinity scarf. Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis so please come along and book your place in the morning.
Learn how to weave a flower brooch or decoration using a stick-weaving technique. All yarn, buttons and brooch backs provided to complete your project. Suitable for ages 8 and above, please book your place on our stand.
Enjoy mesmerising Mini Marbling Workshops with Craig Joubert. Marbling onto tiles & fabric. Let Craig show you how to create amazing patterns and finishes in minutes!
Simply book a slot at the stand.
Limited spaces available
The bead selection are running make & takes on a first come basis with classes all through the day. We are making a Sparkling Bracelet in a selection of colour choices using Rhino stone Crystal Rondell’s.
Please come to the stand first thing and book your place. The class runs for 30 mins and cost £6.50 and you leave with learning a new technique and a beautiful piece of jewellery . Meg is once again teaching the class and we look forward to seeing you… Jacs and Andy
Let The Arty Crafty Place guide you through the art of Block Printing using beautiful hand carved Indian printing blocks. Choose a design and print your own tea towel.
Suitable for adults and children. Visit the stand for details.
Fast Track entry
Exclusive make & take programme (stay tuned for details!)
Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)
VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks
A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon
Complimentary show guide
VIP passes £35 per day.
Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 once online VIP tickets are on sale (£6 tickets include shop & drop & drinks only). If you have already purchased a ticket and wish to upgrade for £25 please go to the ticket desk on arrival at the show.
NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT
NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT
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Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show.
Discount travel with Avanti West Coast. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance Avanti West Coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.
What is the offer?
Simply book your journey to the NEC using the link below and the 20% discount will be automatically applied to your booking: http://po.st/creativecrafts
What do I need to do to validate my ticket?
You need to make sure that you have confirmation that you are attending an event at the NEC with you when
you are travelling (as the conductor may ask you for this on the train). So, please make sure you have your
exhibitor/visitor passes or email confirmation with you.
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.
Daily car park charges apply. Pre-pay for parking and save on daily rates HERE.
Resorts World Birmingham offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show with restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.
Your ticket to Sewing for Pleasure includes FREE ENTRY to and Fashion & Embroidery and The Creative Craft Show at the same venue and dates, featuring all these and more…
Crafter’s TV by Crafter’s Companion · Search Press Live Art Demonstrations · Brand New: Textile Graduate Showcase · VIP Returns! · The Sewing Stage · Maria Thomas · Dionne Swift · Amanda Hislop · Rachel Warrillow · Jessica Grady · Leah Higgins · Lynda Monk · Glass Garden Studios Workshops · Featured in VOGUE · The Pebeo Zone · Nolitex · HOME from the Embroiderers Guild · Textile Talks Programme · The Modern Calligraphy Co. · Royal School of Needlework · Bristol School of Sewing & Textiles · IDC/Brenda Killigrew Sewing Studio · Stratford-upon-Avon College · The Embroiderers’ Guild · Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – Region 11 · Granary Studio · FOLK IT – MINDFUL CRAFTS · Annette Smyth Art & Craft Workshops · Kathleen Laurel Sage · Claire Muir · Wendy Dolan · Bex Raven · Bob Neill – Pyrography · British Polymer Clay Guild · Federation of Family History Societies · New Exhibitor: Jamie Boots · In Our Hearts · Hochanda · Tracey Spurgin · Tracey Quinn · National Association of Flower Arrangement Society (NAFAS) · Stitch Together Studio · Toc H Banners · Stacey Chapman – Art Sea Craft Sea · Contemporary Quilt – In Print · Madeira Competition 2020 – Glimpses of the Islands · Student Competition: In the Footsteps of Dior · Slow Stitch Café · Creativity on the Catwalk · RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Anna Faith Holmes · RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Eleanor Alice Latham · RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Jonel Van Schalkwyk · Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Tabitha Buckley · Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Elle Foreman · Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Elli Bignell · Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Alex Vincent Turner · Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Libbertine Vale · Meet the Author · Woman’s Weekly Vintage Exhibition · Sew Your Style Competition 2020