Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts · 8-10 September 2016 | ICHF Events

EventCity, Manchester

8-10 September 2016



The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show returns to EventCity Manchester for you to discover all the ideas, inspiration and crafting 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!

PLEASE NOTE, the ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford tram stop is no longer running a service to EventCity.

Show Features

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.

Papercraft Demonstrations

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

FREE Workshops, Talks & On-Stand Demonstrations

Hone your creative skills or learn a new and exciting craft in one of our FREE Quick & Easy Mini Workshops; or glean advice from the professionals with our Programme of Talks; and our daily On-Stand Demonstrations offer you the opportunity to watch the experts in action too!

The King's Speech Collection

In honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday, we present a fabulous collection of costumes from Tom Hooper’s, four-times Oscar winning movie – ‘The King’s Speech’. Costume designer Jenny Beavan used a mixture of vintage and newly constructed clothing to get the flavour of the 20’s and 30’s, and in this exiting collection you’ll find outfits worn by Colin Firth, as King George, Helen Bonham Carter, as the Queen Mother, Clare Bloom as Queen Mary, Fraya Wilson as Queen Elizabeth II and Ramona Marquez as Princess Margaret.

Crickhowell Stitches

Crickhowell Stitches is a community arts project, comprising of two long textile panels, commissioned by the arts charity: Arts Alive in Wales, as part of a project exploring the unique natural and built environment of South Powys. Illustrator and textile artist Lisa Hellier designed the panels and worked with local people to represent the buildings and characters of the High Street. The first panel took one year to complete, using mixed media, and it soon became apparent that they wanted to stitch the other side of the street too!

Girls will be Girls

Girls will be Girls is a celebration of all those beautiful dresses little girls really should wear, showcased by the National Needlework Archive. Smocked, embroidered, tucked, flounced and frilled – this unique collection of dresses – including day dresses, play wear and communion gowns - has been exquisitely created by textile conservator Wendy Hickson who is presently working on the Country Wife Mural at the NNA (National Needlework Archive). Forget chain stores – come and enjoy how things ought to be!

Learn to Sew Studio

Overcome your fear of using a sewing machine, with our mini-workshops run by Thelma Judge. These workshops are perfect for beginners, or as a refresher for those returning to sewing.

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. The overall winner and best of the rest will be on display.


  • Tracey Spurgin, Silver Clay Artist
  • Elizabeth Saunders, Textile Artist
  • Wendy Cotterill, Mixed Media
  • Ziggy Rykta, Lucet Braiding
  • Helen McKenna, Textile Artist

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