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

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


Bicton College

The Contemporary Quilt Group

Exeter Embroiderers

South West Quilters

West Country Creative

West Country Embroiderers

Exeter Quilts and Crafts

Guilds, Federations & Societies


The Braid Society

Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Devon Lace Teachers

Federation of Family History Societies

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – Region 4

Woodbury Woodturners

Guild of Machine Knitters

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.


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

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

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

Visiting by Taxi

If you require a taxi during your visit to Westpoint call Apple Taxis on: 01392 666 666 (quote Westpoint for preferential rates to/from Westpoint).

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


Book your mobility in advance by phoning Newton Abbot Community Transport Association on 01626 335775 or email