The Creative Craft Show
29 June-1 July 2018 · NEC · Birmingham
Opening times 10am - 4.30pm (5pm Saturday)
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.
At the show
The Apocalypse Hits … Birmingham
Step forward in time to the world after the apocalypse – learn to dye fabric with plants and rust, harness the power of the sun to make stunning images on fabric and paper and create props and models using rusting, weathering and painting techniques. It may be end-times, but it’s not the end of the world for your wardrobe … on display will be a range of corsets, dresses, jackets and more using a range of techniques – from day-wear to wedding and costume plus for the first time, ICHF Events bring Rusty the IA van and Tesso the award-winning motorbike to the show! The Inventors Asylum team will be running a cyanotype Make & Take, a papercutting workshop in the Creative Den and a talk on embracing your inner Wabi Sabi in the lecture theatre.
Talks and Presentations
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 end of aisle K.
Whether you entered, know someone who did or have just been amazed by the items on display – you won’t want to miss the Sew Your Style Competition Prize Giving – with huge prize packages up for grabs its going to be a very exciting hour!
From 2pm on Sunday 1st July.
1918 – 2018
To commemorate the centenary of the First World War and Votes for Women, we are challenging ourselves and – you – our visitors to knit a giant commemorative feature! Join us in the Knit and Knatter Workspace alongside Grans on the Make and simply knit a 4inch square section to help us create a 13ft double-sided feature. This will be pieced together over the year and revealed at The Creative Craft Shows flagship November NEC event! (1-4 November 2018). 1,568 sections of the poppy will represent the number of days of the war, the reverse reflects the suffragettes and Votes for Women. Participants can also provide a short story, memory or name to be displayed.
Crafty Beggars Workshops
Join the Crafty Beggars for a 1 hour bead-making workshop – and learn how to create beautiful beads from magazine pages! Recycling gurus Julie Peasgood & Wendy Turner Webster will guide you through this fun and effective technique, and then show you how to use your new beads to make and finish a stunning bracelet. All materials are provided and it’s a skill that we guarantee you will want to make use of again and again!
Workshops run daily at 10:30, 13:00 and 14:00. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.
Jill Clay from Festival of Japan donated striking wedding Kimono to Inkberrow Design Centre for City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in the Creative Industries students to rework into western-style wedding dresses. See the creations, compare with the photographic originals and see how the students have worked their magic!
The Vlieseline Challenge
A collection of outfits showcasing the versatility of Vilene/Vlieseline – it’s not only for stiffening collars and waistbands! Students of City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in the Creative Industries at Inkberrow Design Centre created a garments inspired by A Day at the Races and made in Vlieseline’s corporate colours of yellow, black and white.
Creative Den Workshops
Whether you want to try something new or brush up your skills with the help of our experts! Booking will open shortly and sessions include:
Papermaking with Textiles and Literature – Jonathan Korejko (90min)
Polymer Clay – Polymer Clay Guild (60 min)
Beaded Earrings – Sally Boehme (60 min)
Paper Cutting – Jay Raven (60 min)
Sugartots Sand Art
Create sand pictures with this modern adaptation of a good old-fashioned creative activity. Suitable for children aged three and over; have a go and take home your fabulous masterpiece!
Silk Painting Workshops
Discover this simple and satisfying craft with The Guild of Silk Painters – with stunning results! The Guild of Silk painters promote the art and craft of silk painting through their on-stand workshops.
Guilds, Textile Groups and Education
Inkberrow Design Centre
Connected Textile Group
Guild of Silk Painters
British Polymer Clay Guild
The Lace Guild
Quilters Guild of the British Isles
Wendy Dolan – Machine Embroidery
Jonathan Korejko – Paper Making
Ziggy Rykta – Lucet Braid
Wendy Coterill – Mixed Media
Sally Boehme – Beading
Jennie Rayment – Fabric Manipulation
Bex Raven – Machine Embroidery
Jay Raven – Cyanotypes and felting
Lynda Monk – Mixed Media
Elizabeth Woods – Textile Artist
Win a shopping spree!
10 lucky visitors to the London edition of the #CreativeCraftShow NEC will receive £100 to spend at the show! It’s the ultimate crafty shopping spree. Anyone who has ordered a ticket for the show by 12pm on Friday 22nd June could win! Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Winners will collect their vouchers at the show.
Make & Takes
There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try, with lots of help and encouragement from the experts.
Book at the show.
A simple, but extremely effective traditional sewing craft from Japan. In 30 minutes you can learn all of the basics of Sashiko. Suitable for all ages and skills.
Make a mini felt landscape picture with Andrea Coleman of Artfelt. You will learn how easy it is to create a lovely felt picture, using wet felting techniques. Workshops will be free and the two sessions will take place every day, starting 10.30am and 3pm. Places will be limited.
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.
Enjoy mesmerising Mini Marbling Workshops with Craig Joubert. Marbling onto tiles & fabric. Bookings taken at my stand only. Limited spaces available.
Decopatchme.co.uk will be giving you Make & Take opportunities all through the show. If you haven’t Decopatched before it’s a really quick and easy way of decorating objects using their special papers and glue varnish medium. Working on almost any surface straight from the bottle you can produce really satisfying results in no time! There’s no need to book, just turn up and join in the fun!
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.
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 bracelet with glass pearls and star spacer 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.
Join Lesley Oman & Tallie Clewley as they showcase cardmaking techniques using Heffy Doodle stamps, dies & stencils. Get stuck in by creating your own tag, bookmark or card featuring these cute, easy to colour images and the pun-tastic sentiments that make Heffy Doodle a brand that you will adore.
Create your very own personalised hanging decoration! Choose between a heart or star ceramic decorations and then choose from one of the fabulous designs. All of the materials and guidance provided to create your very own, personalised hanging decoration to take home. Make & Take available all day and booking is not required. Cost £5 per person. Daisy Makes can’t wait to share their craft passion with you!
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.