The Creative Craft Show

19-21 April 2018 · ExCeL · London

Opening times 10am – 4.30pm (5pm SaT) 

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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Three Mills Craft Association

Formed over 20 years ago with the support of Stratford Change. Originally an outlet for Newham crafters to sell goods and support each other; they now curate events, hold workshops, and offer affordable, accessible craft to the Newham community. Recycling and upcycling projects play a key role in their activities, and with this in mind, talented crafter Josephine Smith brings a ‘Recycled Wedding’ theme this spring, with items made from packaging materials, cereal boxes, magazines and lottery tickets to name just a few!

Creative Den Workshops

See our full and varied programme of workshops!  Book online. Remaining tickets will be on sale from the Organisers’ Office.

Note: Please arrive at the Creative Den 5-minutes before your workshop starts; this is located at the end of aisle A. To book click the link at the top of the page! 

Creative Den Programme

1918 – 2018 : THE WW1 CENTENARY

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.

The Wedding Aisle

Take a stroll along The Wedding Aisle to discover DIY wedding inspiration, ideas and more! Drop in on demo theatres, see breath taking displays, and learn how you can create fantastic finishes and handmade touches for your special day!


This fabulous selection of 25 quilts from the ‘Elements’ challenge shows many interpretations of the theme. From ‘Elements’ of music and periodic table to earth, water, wind and fire; showcasing the energy, imagination and design skills of the hugely talented members of the Contemporary Quilt Group, a specialist group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

Gothic Steampunk Wedding

With the rise in popularity of fantasy themed weddings, check out our fabulous Steampunk dresses, bouquets, and accessories, all lovingly created by Tee Pee Crafts. Inspired by the Steampunk trend, with its affection for Victorian sci-fi and futuristic steam-powered industrial technology, these pieces combine the love of old-fashioned materials, leather, brass, copper, cogs, pipes and mechanical workings.


This year we challenged you to create an embroidered piece of work inspired by the movies. 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 could recreate a childhood favourite or an unforgettable frame. Supported by Stitch magazine with the Embroiderers’ Guild, the winners and the ‘Best of the Rest’ will be on display. Details of next year’s competition coming soon!

The National SugarArt Association

Demonstrators from the National SugarArt Association will show a variety of techniques to help you decorate your own wedding cake, using simple flowers, models and lace designs. Their talented members will help you try your hand at creating some of these for yourself, so that your cake will be truly individual and personal.


A community project that has put Llandysul firmly on the Knitted Map! Textile Artist Sue Howell designed this community project after she moved to Llandysul as a route to getting to know people and to develop her creative skills. Worked by 10 volunteer knitters who met every week for 12 months, this eye-catching piece full of colour and detail was created. After being on display at the National Wool Museum in Drefach Velindre, and receiving national press it has led to a new project – Knit your Town. Wolverhampton has already made its own map and Knit Newbury will be completed in 2018. 


Sew Your Style in association with The Pattern Pages is a chance for you to show us your unique style, flair and creativity. Win amazing prizes including sewing machines!

A) Vintage
B) All in the Detail
C) Refashion
D) Accessorise

All entries will be displayed in the Sew Your Style photo gallery at Creative Craft Birmingham (Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July, 2018) plus a special display of the winners of each category for visitors to admire!

To download full information click here.

To enter click here.

Sugar Tots Sand Art

Sugartots Sand Art workshops allow children to create their very own sand pictures – modern adaptation of a good old-fashioned creative activity.  Suitable for children aged three and over; come along and have a go, and take home your fabulous masterpiece!

Guilds and Associations

Three Mills Craft Association

Embroiderers’ Guild

Essex Branch of Guild of Silk Painters

Guild of Enamellers


Textile Groups and Education

Connected Textile Group

National Needlework Archive


Nina Corey – Rag Rug Artist

Helen McKenna – Textile Artist

Lynda Monk – Mixed Media

Bex Raven – Textile Artist

Cathie Shuttleworth – Artist and Illustrator

Ray Slater – Cloth Dolls

Elizabeth Woods – Textile Artist

Louise Mabbs – Quilt Art

Monica Russel – Knitting


Make & Takes

Get hands-on at a Make & Take. There’s a range of crafts to try, with help from the experts.

 Book at the show –  visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to attend.


Getting There

ExCeL, London · E16 1XL

By Car
Follow the directions for Royal Docks, City Airport and ExCeL. There is easy access from the M25, M11, A406 and A13.

By Rail
The Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) provide the quickest route to ExCeL.

By Air
London City Airport is located five minutes from ExCeL. Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton are also easily accessible.

EAL Cable Car

Arrive in style with a unique flight on the Emirates Air Line cable car for just £2.50 when you show your Creative Craft Show ticket/confirmation.  Fly across the Thames with spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Gherkin, Thames Barrier, Maritime Greenwich and The Olympic Park. The Emirates Air Line cable car transports you from North Greenwich via London’s highest observational point over the Thames in less than 10 minutes.

You can also glide down and fly over the Thames with joint tickets with MBNA Thames Clippers. More information available here.

For maps of ExCeL London’s location and interactive tools to plan your journey, please click here.

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