The Creative Craft Show
1-3 February 2018 · EventCity · Manchester 31 January-2 February 2019 · EventCity · Manchester
Opening times To be announced To be announced
The Creative Craft Show is 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.
PLEASE NOTE, the ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford tram stop is no longer running a service to EventCity.
At the show
YAO MING CHIEN EMBROIDERIES
See the first showing of a collection of giant hand-embroidered wall hangings by a locally living Taiwanease refugee. Yao Ming Chein is deaf from birth, but after arriving in the UK in 1993, he learnt English Sign Language, allowing him to communicate with others. An America friend initially introduced him to embroidery, and several years later his passion was reignited. Yao, working from pictures by a window with plenty of natural light; painstakingly transfers his image to canvas, before colouring it in entirely with hand stitches and sometimes tiny beads. One of his most elaborate embroideries – Heavenly Kiss – took four dedicated months, and a magnifying glass, to complete!
BERTHA THE COLOURING-IN CARAVAN
Introducing Bertha the Colour-in Caravan, created by Kate Edmunds, designer and founder of EggNogg. Left neglected and dilapidated in a Brighton garden, Kate lovingly restored ‘Bertha’ as a colouring-in extravaganza that we need you to help us colour bright and bold! Whether you are five or 65, simply drop by the caravan and help bring her to life! All pens provided!
Pat Archibald – Quilt Art – stand F26
Wendy Dolan – Machine Embroidery – stand D40
Nina Corey – Rag Rugs –stand E46
Jonathan Korejko – Paper Making – stand F37
Helen McCook – Hand Embroidery – stand D41
Ziggy Rykta – Lucet Braid –stand F38
Cathie Shuttleworth – Papercraft – stand F30
Tracey Spurgin – Silver Clay Artist – stand F28
Elizabeth Woods – Textile Artist – stand E45
Val Hughes – Felt Artist –stand E30
GARDENS AROUND THE WORLD
A world exclusive showcase of Gardens Around the World – A European Afghan Embroidery Initiative. In post-war Afghanistan, women have once again taken up hand-embroidery, after the tradition had fallen into oblivion during wartime. The Deutsch-Afghanische-Initiative have supported the reanimation of this handicraft, resulting in an amazing project that has meant Afghani woman can earn wages to feed their families or even attain financial independence. The collection will be shown at The Creative Craft Show Manchester, Glasgow and London, and Fashion & Embroidery Birmingham.
LLANDRYSUL KNITTED MAP
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.
NIKKI PARMENTER ARTWORKS
Nikki’s artwork is based on symbolism, mythology and different cultures. Her inspiration is taken from a variety of sources and she is particularly interested in the way in which ancient societies created a series of visual symbols to represent the things which were important to them. She investigates myth and legend and draws parallels between societies, showing that although many people have different beliefs we are all united by visual iconography. She has developed a unique way of working with a variety of media, particularly textiles. The work is heavily embellished and is often on an ambitious scale.
TEXTILE GROUPS, GUILDS AND EDUCATION
Pop by and meet groups and guilds who will be showcasing their work and available for you to discuss common interests and the opportunity to join.
Hillstone Fibre Arts, visit stand E34.
Jeudis, visit stand F39.
National Needlework Archive,visit stand D26.
Embroiderers’ Guild, visit stand F24.
THE DENMAN COLLEGE DEMONSTRATION THEATRE
Join tutors from Denman College for live craft demonstrations. Each day will feature different technique so take a seat and learn how to get creative!
Denman is the WI’s centre for learning in Oxfordshire and is open to all, offering a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills on day schools and short courses in the field of cookery, craft and lifestyle.
Make & Takes
Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece!
There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try, with lots of help and encouragement from the experts.
Book at the show – visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.
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.
The Bead Selection will teach you how to make this stunning bracelet. Come and book a slot and have a go at making this beautiful bracelet with glass pearls and snowflake spacer beads. Classes run throughout the day on a first-come, first-served basis. Please come to the stand to book your slot – limited places available.
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.
Create an amazing Stained Glass Sun Katcher – no experience necessary and you learn the basic art of Stained Glass Copper Foiling. In this workshop you will explore the possibilities of working with stained glass and at the end you will take home your own glass Sun Katcher.
Honey Doo will be running a continuous Make & Take between 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm each day. (3pm on Sunday). Kay Fletcher will be teaching how to make beautiful flowers using Honey Doo Crafts Stamps and embossing powders.
Enjoy mesmerising Mini Marbling Workshops with Craig Joubert. Marbling onto tiles & fabric. Bookings taken on 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.
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!
EventCity, Manchester · M41 7TB
EventCity is easily accessible by car. If travelling from the M60 take Junction 9 for the A5081 and follow signs for Barton Dock Road. SatNav postcode: M17 8AS.
Manchester Piccadilly – Bus service X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station descending at the EventCity bus stop. Manchester Victoria – Bus service 100 (every 12 minutes) or Service 110 (every 20 minutes) descending at The Trafford Centre bus station
EventCity will be running an express Shuttle bus from the main bus stop at the Trafford Centre to EventCity.
Please note, the ML1 shuttle bus from Stretford tram stop is no longer running a service to EventCity.