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.

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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.

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#SewYourStyle2018 Prize-Giving

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. 

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. 

Re-Structured Kimono

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)

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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

Marquetry Society

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

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.


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.