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31 October-3 November 2019 · NEC · Birmingham
Opening times 9.30am - 5.00pm (4pm Sunday)
Discover all the ideas, inspiration and supplies you could ever dream of! Knitters, stitchers, hobbyists and crafters will be in their element with endless supplies, innovations, new product launches, demonstrations and workshops designed to encourage and inspire your creativity – there’s no better place to stock up and revel in creative craft inspiration!
MOBILITY: The NEC operate a telephone booking line for mobility equipment Monday to Friday 0900hrs-1600hrs on 0121 780 4141 (Option 2 and then Option 7) alternatively you can email InfoEmailAccount(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)necgroup.co.uk
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At the show
Paint a Poppy Challenge
Discover and even take part in a record breaking mural from the SAA. Inspired by the WW1 Centenary, this collection of 1000’s of poppy paintings will be a riot of colour! Members have been asked to paint, donate and remember and you can see this fantastic display. Find out below how to paint a poppy and return to ensure they are part of the display of 40,000 painted poppies!
THE BIG REVEAL
The time has finally come to reveal the culmination of hours of hard work from over 2,000 individuals. It has taken over 400 balls of wool and 1.8 million stitches to get this 13ft high hand knitted project ready to share – no mean feat! The area will not only house the larger than life poppy and suffragette tributes, it will also display many messages written in memory of those lost in the War. Why not join our paint a poppy area and contribute your own piece of art to the surrounding walls; or take a moment in our knit and knatter space. A mindful area set to tug on the heartstrings.
We are very excited to be joined by Galactic Plastic who will be holding workshops allowing you to make out of this world pendants. Pick a pendant frame and make a piece from start to finish. Take your unique pendant away with you as well as all the tips and tricks to try other makes with Galactic Plastic. There will also be a fun mini make and take allowing you to create a gorgeous unicorn bag charm! Book your place directly from the Craftiv8 website. Pendant: http://bit.ly/2ABjnZC Unicorn: http://bit.ly/2Q4LqGd
Help Create a Birthday Gift for Crafts Beautiful
This November Crafts Beautiful will be teaming up with Pixelhobby UK to take their 25th birthday celebrations to a whole new level. Pixelhobby UK are asking you to come along to stand D01 to help them create a unique birthday gift- a huge XL pixel project designed especially for Crafts Beautiful! Pixelhobby UK will be offering discounted goodie bags and a 10% discount voucher, be sure to collect yours after helping to make the pixel picture.
Live Art Theatre
Come and see the World renowned artist Bobbi Bicker paint a life size cow with Pebeo’s range of 4Artist oil based markers, in partnership with The Art Shop Skipton. Bobbi will paint one side in the style of the “Masters” with a modern day twist and the other side in a “Pop Art” style. The whole event will be filmed live throughout the show via the Periscope Social Media site with followers of Bobbi commenting on her progress over the four days.
vip crafty beggars workshops
Join The Crafty Beggars in our VIP area where they will be running a make & take, each day, every single day! Exclusively for VIP guests only, no pre-booking required.
Special guests include Mark Vardy, Lisa Marie Olson, plus presenters from Hochanda, Create & Craft and more!
Sew Your Style 2018 Winners
See the winners of Sew Your Style – a competition launched in association with the Pattern Pages that called for makers of clothes and accessories to show us their unique style! These stunning items will be touring the country and you’ll get the chance to select your favourite as a visitor’s choice top pick!
Make & Takes
There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try, with lots of help and encouragement from the experts.
Workshops can only be booked at the show – on the day you attend visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.
Come and join us on the Tandy trailer, to make and take a FREE small leather item, throughout the show. Or book onto one of our daily workshops, choose from a list of items* and have a pro leatherworker guide you through the build (*cost applies).
A small credit-card sized Crystal Art project, which gives users a chance to try the phenomenally popular craft, Crystal Art, for themselves.
The project will take around 15 minutes to complete. It involves applying small crystals onto a sticky template, using a pick-up pen. All materials are included.
Learn how to weave a woven flower brooch or bag decoration using stick-weaving techniques. All yarn, buttons and brooch backs provided to complete your project. As space is limited please book your place on the stand.
Your chance to try out silk painting and learn how to make a lovely card. Continuous workshops will run daily from 9.30am – 12.30pm and will last approximately 30 minutes. Between 1.00pm and 2.00pm there will be a demonstration on how to make a microwave silk scarf. From 2.00pm onwards there will be the silk painting workshops until 4.00pm. Come along early to book for the microwave demonstration or just come along to the silk painting workshop and join in if there is space. Further information visit www.silkcraft.co.uk
In this Make & Take you will learn about the techniques and equipment needed to make this beautiful landscape. All materials will be provided. Visit Little Gem Felts on stand to book your session.
WOW! are at it again running their very popular Make and Take using their Embossing Powders, Premium Glitters, Slow Drying Embossing Pad. There are two classes, two different techniques all designed and demonstrated by Marion Emberson. If you cant get to the Make and Take we will have fabulous demonstrations of some brand new products we are launching at the show..
I will give you a quick insight into learning calligraphy, running alternating classes hourly about ‘Classic Round Hand’ and ‘New Modern Calligraphy’. You will take away a beautiful heart with a quote or phrase of your choice. Come and give it a try!
Join me at Ornamenta by Elizabeth and make your own beautiful semi-precious beaded bracelet and matching earrings. The workshop is 45 minutes at a cost of £5, and includes your very own gift box to hold your creations. Book early as places will be limited and sure to fill fast – suitable for beginners.
The Bead Selection will teach you how to make this stunning bracelet. Come and book a slot and have a go at making this beautiful glass beaded bracelet with heart and star spacers beads. Classes run throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Please come to the stand to book your slot – limited places available.
Stalls & Shopping
Browse aisle and aisles of stalls and stands packed with brand-new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow!
With experts manning each stall – you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!
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 Virgin trains. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance virgin train west coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.
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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.