Monday, 3 July 2017

Stitching Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show 2017

Here's a little round up of my favourite bits of this years Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show at the NEC Birmingham.
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
One of the BEST things about being a craft blogger is going to events when you meet more craft bloggers. They are such lovely people who like to make things and chat and drink tea/coffee together. The promotors of the Craft shows held regularly at the NEC Birmingham have taken to putting on a bloggers event at the shows and they are just fabulous. I've been able to meet in real life loads of people whose blogs I read and whose photos I like on Instagram. 
On Saturday it was the Bloggers workshop at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycraft Show. 
After a quick chat and bit to eat we sat down to 2 workshops. The first was with the fabulous Tina Francis. I thought I was the most enthusiast person when it comes to making things but Tina is a bundle of enthusiasm and encouragement. Using one of Tina's kits we made sweet little tapestry brooches.
tapestry brooch workshop
Here's is my finished brooch.
tapestry brooch
You can find more details about Tina, her kits and classes here.

The next workshop was with the super talented Cathie Shuttleworth who showed us how to make these sweet little paper box houses.
papercraft workshop
The top of the roof opens so it forms a little gift box. Isn't it sweet?! Cathie can be found at Pink Ink Designs for more papercraft ideas and embroidery designs too.
Oh, and not to make you too jealous or anything but we had a goodie bag too. Love a goodie bag! I'll share more about the contents as I use it all in projects over the next few months. Such a beautiful selection of products, I feel so lucky. Massive thanks to the event organisers and various companies for getting that all organised for us. 

The show is really in 2 halves, the 'demonstration, workshop and exhibition' side and the 'chance to buy stuff' side. 
These just a few lovely things that really caught my eye.
I'm a big lover of colour, the more the merrier for me so I adore this amazing quilt by Sugar Bowl Crafts
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
You can read all about it on their blog here. Sugar Bowl crafts sell fabric, quilt kits and patterns and more, visit their website here.

Another stunning quilt caught my eye on the Solstitch stand. Isn't it beautiful?
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
Solstitch have a whole range of beautiful batik fabrics, sewing patterns, kits and the most amazing Indian trims and ribbbons. 

I dabbled recently in the tiniest bit of Sashiko embroidery, I love the look and do plan to do more sometime. There was lots of inspiration on the Festival of Japan stand, including this gorgeous tablecloth.
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
I seem to be having a bit of a mandala phase at the moment, with projects here and here, so I HAD to take a quick photo of this beautiful machine stitched piece on the WonderFil thread stand
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
Sadly I didn't note which stand it was on but I love the colours in this Mystical Lantern blanket by Jane Crowfoot 
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
There was a beautiful exhibition by a group of 9 textile artists from the Midlands called Eclectica. I love this piece by Catherine Brierley made from old bed linen.
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
Just at the entrance to the show was a lovely 3D yarn made scene. I just love these, you can see me rave about previous ones here and here
This time was a beach made in collaboration with designer Alison Murray and the event organisers ICHF events, and was raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
These kind of things just blow my mind, that's all made of yarn! Knitted or crocheted - A-maze-ing!
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
There's a little dog, splashing in the water.
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
The seagull on the basket , the crabs and starfish, the radio on the picnic rug - there is just so much to spot, I think it is incredible! 
Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show best bits
There was a beautiful tissue paper flower selfie wall. I wish I had actually used it properly and taken a selfie now rather than just photographing the wall! Doh!
paper flower selfie wall
All things considered I was super controlled and only brought a few things. Remember there is a lot of tempting stuff at a show like this!
I had a lovely chat with a needle felting expert Val Hughes who did inspire me to get just a few essentials to have a go.
needlefelting beginners kit

I'll share how I get on once I've had time to have a play.
I also picked up some bag handles, a few fat quarters (there were so many it would have been rude not to) and a few papercrafting bits and pieces.
All in all a fun day out for anyone who likes any kind of crafts. A great chance to meet some experts, be inspired and maybe purchase a few things to have a little go at something new.
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Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

15 comments:

  1. I just love these shows and never get to go to enough of them. Thanks for sharing the sights!

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    1. They are such a great way to see what's out there and meet likeminded people aren't they?

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  2. Hi Julie,
    It was great to meet you! I'm glad you're going to have a go at needle felting, I'm sure you'll love it.
    I can't reply to your comments on my blog as you are a no-reply blogger. It's because of Google+. When you join, it messes up your blogging profile! It can be fixed, just google it.

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    2. Thanks so much for letting me know Wendy, I did fix this a year or two ago but it seems it has reverted back somehow. I think it's fixed again now - fingers crossed.
      I do much prefer making to computering!
      It was great to meet you too, I really enjoyed our chatting as we stitched time!

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  3. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

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    1. It was great thanks Caroline, just the right balance of looking and doing!

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  4. What a fabulous day you had! I love both the brooch and the paper house, very sweet indeed.

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    1. Thanks Teodora, I am very pleased with my makes. Both were fun to do.

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  5. I had an invite but I couldn't go this time as I had far away family visitors staying. Never mind catch you next time. Jo x

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    1. Definitely Jo, I feel we are over due a quality cuppa and catch up.

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  6. Wow that knitted beach is amazing!

    The paper box house is really cute and would lend itself to a Christmas version with snow on the windows and a wreath on the front door, ideal for giving home made sweets in.

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    1. The beach scene really is something else, I took a thousand photos (slight exaggeration but i did take loads!)
      The Christmas house idea is brilliant, I'm SO doing that this year!

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