The Creative Craft Show
27-30 September 2018 · Westpoint Centre · Exeter
Opening times 9.30am - 4.30pm (5pm Sat / 4pm Sun)
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!
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At the show
Yao Ming Chien Embroideries
Another chance to see a fascinating collection of giant hand-stitched artworks by Taiwanese Yao Ming Chien. Yao has been deaf from birth, but after arriving in the UK in 1993, he studied English Sign Language and was able to communicate with others. A friend introduced him to embroidery and his passion was ignited several years later after a lady in a store showed him how to stitch the beautiful pictures she sold. Yao sits at a window where there is plenty of natural light and painstakingly transferring and enlarging images onto a blank canvas, before colouring it entirely with hand stitches; sometimes using tiny beads. One of his most elaborate embroideries – Heavenly Kiss – took four dedicated months and a magnifying glass to complete! Yao makes no monetary gain from his hobby and works on the pictures simply because he enjoys it!
Glimpses of the Movies
The theme for the Madeira embroidery competition 2018 was Glimpses of the Movies, where we challenged you to create an embroidered piece of work inspired by cinema– to capture a kiss in classic black and white a’ la Casablanca or an explosion of light and colour in a moment inspired by Star Wars or Blade Runner. Entrants recreated childhood favourites and unforgettable frames and you can see our winners and highly commended entries on display in this dazzling collection. Supported by Stitch magazine with the Embroiderers’ Guild. Details of the 2019 competition Glimpses of Royalty at www.fashionembroidery.co.uk
Creative Den Workshops and Talks
A selection of hour-long crafting workshops will be available to book – details coming soon!
PLUS an array of inspiring talks and demonstrations running all day, each day in our Lecture Theatre. No need to book, just take a seat!
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.
Fooling the Eye
A brand new and exciting exhibition of over 40 quilts from The Modern Quilt Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – and you won’t believe what you see! Members were challenged to create optical illusions – expect 3D effects in two dimensions, transparency, impossible triangles or weaving illusions. Inspired by the works of M. C Escher and Bruno Ernst, members were encouraged to let their imaginations run riot, and they certainly have, in an array of kaleidoscope colours.
History of the Handbag
The National Needlework Archive presents a concise exhibition of beautiful handmade bags, and looks at the development of the modern handbag.
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!
Wendy Dolan – Machine Embroidery
Val Hughes – Felt Artist
Bex Raven – Textile Artist
Jonathan Korejko – Handmade Paper
Pat Lumsdale – Patchwork and Quilting
Sara Radford – Dressmaking
Jay Raven – Technological Crafting
Colleges & Groups
The Contemporary Quilt Group
South West Quilters
West Country Creative
West Country Embroiderers
Exeter Quilts and Crafts
Make & Takes
Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece!ts.
Book at the show – visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.
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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.
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 cost £5 (redeemable against a kit purchase at the show) and the two sessions will take place every day, starting 10.00am and 2.30pm. Places will be limited.
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).
Come and join Crunchie Crafts for a free Make & Take. If a chair is free just take and seat and join in the fun, we will have everything you need to make a gorgeous card to take away with matching envelope.
Lisa and the team look forward to welcoming new and experienced Stampers to join in.
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.
Never tried wet felting and want to give it a go? Try your hand at making some felt beads or, if you want to spend a bit longer playing with fibres, make a stunning felt flower. There will be a small charge of £3 for materials, with instructions to take away.
The Craft Studio are running a variety of Make & Takes. Thursday 27th – Dream catcher themed wall hanging £6.50. Friday 28th – Floral mini shadow box -£7.50. Saturday 29th – Mini art journal – £6.50. Sunday 30th – Mini fairy bunting – £6.00. Running from 11am-12pm and 1.30pm-3pm each day.
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!
Westpoint Centre, Exeter · EX5 1DJ
Visiting by Car – SatNav EX5 1DJ
Westpoint Exhibition Centre at the Devon Showground, Clyst St Mary (1 mile east from junction 30, M5 on the A3052)
Westpoint is just one mile from junction 30 of the M5, providing direct access from London, Birmingham, Bristol and Plymouth. For Westpoint, exit the M5 at junction 30 and follow the A3052 Sidmouth road for one mile. Westpoint is on your left hand side.
For parking information please visit Westpoint’s parking page.
Visiting by Train
Exeter St. David’s provides direct rail links to all major cities in the UK. The station is 6 miles from Westpoint. A free shuttle bus runs approximately every 30 minutes from Exeter St David’s railway station to the show. Bus starts at 09.00, last one leaves 17.00 (Sat 17.30) Please note: Wheelchair access limited.
Visiting by Bus
National coach and bus services call at Exeter Bus Station in the centre of Exeter. The bus station is 6 miles from Westpoint. To book tickets or find out more information please visit www.nationalexpress.com.
The number 9 bus from the Exeter Bus Station on Paris Street runs approx every 30 minutes during the day (except Sundays). The journey time is around 20 minutes. Westpoint is a request stop. For more information please visit www.stagecoachbus.com.
Visiting by Taxi
Visiting by Plane
Exeter International Airport is approximately 2 miles from Westpoint and is connected to a large number of domestic and international airports.
For more information, destinations and to book tickets please visit www.exeter-airport.co.uk.
Book your mobility in advance by phoning Newton Abbot Community Transport Association on 01626 335775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org