FEATURING ART MATERIALS LIVE
INCLUDES FREE ENTRY TO
SIMPLY CHRISTMAS AND CAKE INTERNATIONAL*
1-4 November 2018 · 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
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.
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 TICKETS NEW FOR 2018
We have just launched VIP tickets across our Creative Craft Show, Art Materials Live and Simply Christmas shows – buy one ticket and access these three shows as a VIP, plus get general access to Cake International!
Our VIP’s will receive a goodie bag worth more than the value of the ticket, exclusive celebrity demos, fast track entry, refreshments and more! Why not treat a loved one (or yourself!). Tickets are available at the bottom of the booking screen.
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 Olsen, 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.
GILL-I-AM · LAVINIA STAMPS · ART & CRAFT GLITTER GREETINGS · MARBLING 4 FUN · Blockcraft · TANDY LEATHER · CRAFT BUDDY · ANNA MARIE DESIGNS · WOOL SHOP LEEDS · JUKO DESIGNS · SILK CRAFT · LITTLE GEM FELTS · WOW PRODUCTS · CALLIGRAPHY ARTS · J P Crafts – Pixel Hobby UK · ORNAMENTA BY ELIZABETH · BEAD SELECTION
Join Gillian for a Needlefelting taster. You will learn the basics of applique Needlefelting and will be able to take your creation home. No artistic talent is needed. Please book on the stand (as spaces are limited). Charge is £5 per head.
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.
Drop in on the Art & Craft Glitter Greetings ‘Make and Take’. Children and adults welcome. Relaxing, easy and looks amazing, glittering on designer acetates, flowers and butterflies. Cost £2.00. Combine the designs with gorgeous glitter peel offs and bling, illusion sheets. Great on cards, decorating boxes, mdf and acrylic shapes etc.
Enjoy mesmerising Mini Marbling Workshops with Craig Joubert. Marbling onto tiles & fabric. Bookings taken at my stand only. Limited spaces available.
The Arty Crafty Place will be running workshops on their stand throughout the show. Learn how to Block Print with beautiful hand carved Indian printing blocks, and print your own tea towel.
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.
Card and paper projects using mixed media. For 16 years and over. Simply book your place on the stand.
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, £5.00 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 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!
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 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
Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show.
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.
Resorts World Birmingham is now open and offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show at the restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.
25% off train travel with Virgin trains.
As part of our relationship with Virgin Trains our exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of 25% off 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.