The Creative Craft Show

14-17 March 2019 · NEC · Birmingham

Open 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm Sunday) | HALL 11

The Creative Craft Show is a haven for knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery & dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts, offering all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the hobby world! You’ll find everything from kits, charts and patterns to fabrics, yarns, threads and buttons plus opportunities to glean advice from industry experts.

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 VIP passes include:

Fast Track entry | Show Guide | Crafty Beggars mini Make & Takes | Exclusive use of the Shop & Drop area | Hot and cold drinks, pastries & cakes.

VIP passes £35 per day. Pre-sales now closed, available on the door only. Standard tickets may be upgraded for £25 charge subject to availability.

Meet the Author

Come and meet our hand selected group of Search Press authors, watch them demonstrate their talents and have a go yourself. We will have: Lisa Marie Olson, Sue Stratford, Tilly Rose, Monica Russel and Mr X Stitch! Come along to pick up ideas and inspiration for your own crafts at home. Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

You won’t bee-lieve it

If you enjoyed Grans on The Make’s  2018 Poppy display, then you’d be crazy to miss their 2019  feature! This year’s plans will be revealed and are technically adventurous, visually impressive and so easy to get involved with. Come along for all the information you need to get involved and see the Gran’s amazing ICHF journey.

Team Crafty Beggars

Wendy Turner Webster will be launching the brand new ‘Team Crafty Beggars’ at the NEC, providing four days of completely new seasonal workshops. Visitors can also take part in the Team Crafty Beggars free prize draw for the chance to win a spectacular range of crafting goodies! Use #teamcraftybeggars on social media to keep up with the latest news! Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

Meet Team Crafty Beggars

Create & Craft at the NEC!

On the Create & Craft stand you will find fantastic show offers, live demonstrations using the latest must-have equipment, competitions, money off vouchers and meet and greets with Create & Craft celebs. This year there will be appearances from Dean Wilson, Joe Remblance, Ben Moseby and Dan Bancroft. Come and have your picture taken with your favourite presenters in the on-stand meet and greet area using the C&C magazine inspired photo frame, complete with props! The best selfies will be entered into a prize draw to win a feature in the Create and Craft club magazine! Find them on stand F40.

Folk It heart



Come along to this relaxing workshop and learn different techniques, brushstrokes, dots and swirls to create your very own Folk Art heart. Patterns are provided and no drawing or painting skills are needed (you can simply trace and transfer the pattern!) create a professional looking finished piece that makes a perfect handmade gift!

Choose your time:

Book 11.30am (each day)

Book 1:30pm (each day)

Book 3:00pm (each day)




Hochanda – Broadcasting Live!

Hochanda will be broadcasting live from The Creative Craft Show across all four days. Head over to stand B20 to see your favourite craft presenters and celebrity guests. There will also be free to enter prize draws and a tombola with hundreds of craft products up for grabs.

Stalls & Shopping

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!



Getting There

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

The NEC is at the heart of the UK’s transport network. CLICK HERE for road, rail, bus and flight directions.

By Rail:
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.

By Car:
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 25% 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 The Creative Craft Show includes FREE ENTRY to Sewing for Pleasure and Fashion & Embroidery at the same venue and dates, featuring all these and more…

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VIP Tickets!

You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!


A VIP Ticket includes:

Fast Track entry

Free Mini Make & Takes

Exclusive use of the shop and drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

Unlimited tea and coffee

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon!

VIP passes £35 per day. Pre-sales now closed, available on the door only. Standard tickets may be upgraded for £25 charge subject to availability.

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 (£6 tickets don’t allow access to the Make and Takes or complimentary food). 


Free Mini Make & Takes

Tigerlily Makes

Lisa Marie Olson, author of Felt Wonderland is a creative entrepreneur who designs in all things wonderland, from the heart of her home studio in the Midlands! As Seen on TV, “Award Winning” and Voted Best of British are just a few of the highlights of Lisa’s creative life. Lisa Marie is incredibly proud to have been selected to represent the Crafty Beggars at the Creative Crafts Show in March 2019, as part of Team Crafty Beggars.  So why not step into wonderland and be transported to another world of creativity with the fabulous workshops on offer at the show.

Make and Takes: Come and learn how to needle felt a cute chick or bunny head in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Silvar Design

Mark Vardy founded Silvar Design in 2004. Originally an electronics engineer, Mark is now a silversmith, running workshops in silver jewellery-making and enamelling on copper from his studio in Staffordshire. Mark also designs jewellery kits ranging from simple elasticated bracelets and earrings to macrame and kumihimo braiding. Mark has presented these for sale on a number of craft shopping channels since 2015. Mark is a qualified adult education teacher.

Make and takes: Use a variety of beads, tubing and charms to make a delightful spring memory wire bracelet in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Stamps Away

Ali is a mixed media crafter and one half of Stamps Away. She loves teaching and demonstrating all manner of crafting but with a particular reputation for using the everyday items, in a rafty way. She has been demonstrating on the craft shopping channel now for 10 years and is known for her unusual techniques. And is looking forward to an exciting 2019 with Team Crafty Beggars

Make and Takes: Butterfly Heart – A spring Mixed Media project, adorned with beautiful book butterflies

Simply Vintage Design

Melissa is founder of Simply Vintage Designs which was born from a love of all things vintage and handmade. She brings handpicked original vintage items, haberdashery and fabrics back to life using modern and traditional crafting techniques. Her workshops are a relaxed, creative environment where up-cycling meets creativity. Melissa is a regular guest presenter on Hochanda TV and a proud member of Team Crafty Beggars.

Make and Takes: Lovely vintage paper spring flowers

Janie’s Originals

Janie is an established mixed media Artist and designer, she teaches many forms of arts and crafts and can be seen demonstrating on Hochanda TV with her Hobby Art stamp collections and Bizarre-ology MDF mixed media techniques.

Make and takes: In these sessions you will learn how to bind a paper covered notepad with a selection of lovely decorative papers. This simple technique can then be used, by you at home, to create various sizes of notebooks and journals.

Lechlade Craft Barn

Jennie and Karen launched Lechlade Craft Barn in 2014, offering an exciting range of affordable craft workshops in a beautiful stone barn in the Cotswolds. With backgrounds in design and craft, the award-winning duo can also be found at a number of venues around the UK and are delighted to be art of the Crafty Beggars Team. “Our workshops are fun, relaxed and designed for beginners or keen crafters”, says Jennie and Karen “with the Crafty Beggars team involved, it’s even more fun!”

Make and Takes: Learn the ancient art of block printing using beautiful Indian wooden blocks and fabric paints in gorgeous colours.