The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft Show · 20-22 April 2017 | ICHF Events

ExCeL, London

20-22 April 2017



Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts is back at ExCeL, London this spring and is set to be a creative haven for all you stitchers, sewers and hobbycrafters! The award-winning creative craft show has got enough on offer over the weekend to keep you enjoyably busy – with this year full of inspiring features, an extensive programme of FREE Workshops, Demonstrations and Talks for you to take part in and improve your skills, you won’t know where to start!

Show Features

Papercraft Demonstrations

Watch our lively on-stand demonstrations to learn new ideas, methods, and buy all the latest papercrafting and cardmaking supplies to make your own stylish, personalised crafts.

Jewellery Making & Beading

Whether you’re an amateur or an expert jewellery maker, you’ll find everything you need for your next jewellery making project from our inspiring range of beads, charms and jewellery making tools.

Workshop Area

Visit the specialised Workshop Area at Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts to discover all the creative inspiration you could ever need! There will be a variety of projects to have a go at from Decopatch., Tonic Studios, Totally Beads, Glitter Magic and many more. Not only could you learn a new craft, you’ll have something to show for it too, as you’ll be able to take your creations home.


Comfort from Kindness – The Canadian Red Cross Quilts

‘One quilter with 18 children walked 2 miles every week so that she could sew...’

A wonderful opportunity to see this outstanding exhibition: quilts made by thousands of groups of women all over Canada, as a compassionate contribution to the WWII effort.

They were made with all manner of materials and sent over to the UK and given to displaced people: a beautiful gift of comfort, colour and warmth with love sewn in.

This unique collection is preserved in celebration of quilting and social history.

Presented by Scottish arts association, Weaving Musical Threads

Lost in a Quilters’ Garden

‘Lost in a Quilters’ Garden’ is the theme for this year’s Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles touring exhibition. The inspiration for these beautiful quilts came from their love of gardens and gardening. Whether it was the thrill of growing things from seed, the form of flowers or the structure of a formal garden, this collection shares their love of quilting and the art of gardening.


The incredible life-sized knitted and crocheted ‘Yarnia’ display comes to the UK for the first time. Created in Canada and the USA, it depicts three scenes from C.S. Lewis’s children’s classic – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Featuring the evacuation from London, the magical snow covered ‘Narnia’, and the triumphant final battle for good over evil… a unique and very special display, not to be missed!

Royal School of Needlework

The RSN will be displaying students’ work from their Certificate and Diploma courses taught at their base in Hampton Court Palace, as well as work by their BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art students. Their courses also include Day Classes, which attract students of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced.

SewDirect Pattern Boutique

Browse the latest catalogues from Butterick, McCall’s, Kwik Sew and Vogue Patterns and order your patterns at special show prices for postfree delivery. The first step to a perfect fit is choosing the right size pattern and understanding how to make simple adjustments for a custom fit. Sewing advisor Thelma Judge will be on hand with hints and tips, to help you achieve sewing success.

NNA - Birds by Carole Checketts

The National Needlework Archive presents an amazing ‘One-woman-show’ of beautiful felt birds, all delightfully embroidered in both realistic and fantasy designs; made in the 1960’s and 70’s, based on Winsome Douglas’s book ‘Toys for your own delight’, first published in 1957.

Forest Forever

A project based on leaf shapes and motifs in different shades of green - hand-embroidery by Afghan village women. This grew into a challenge for European textile artists to use the leaves as a basis for new works. There are very few trees in Afghanistan but the self-help project helps in providing meals three times a day.

Glimpses of Brazil

The theme for this year’s Madeira embroidery competition is ‘Glimpses of Brazil’, supported by STITCH magazine with the Embroiderer’s Guild. Brazil is a vast country that evokes many colourful images and of course it’s the venue for the Olympic games in 2016! The overall winner and best of the rest will be on display.

For full details on how to enter the competition, click here.


  • Kim Thittichai, Mixed Media
  • Gai Button, Needle felting
  • Lorma Bateman, Hand Embroidery
  • Wendy Dolan, Textile Artist
  • Claudette Lawrence, Dressmaking
  • Val Hughes, Felt Artist
  • Pat Lumsdale, Patchwork
  • Jenny Rayment, Fabric Origami

Textile Groups, Education Centres & Guilds

  • Contemporary Quilt Group
  • Royal School of Needlework
  • Castanea Crafts in Spain
  • Three Mills Craft Association
  • Guild of Silk Painters
  • Embroiderer’s Guild
  • Federation of Family History Societies

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