The Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycraft Show · 2-4 February 2017 | ICHF Events

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2-4 February 2017



The largest creative crafting show in the north west – Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts – is back for spring 2016 with a variety of must-see feature, plus all the ideas and inspiration you could ever dream of! Avid knitters, stitchers, hobbyists and crafters will be in their idea of heaven 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!

Show Features

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 – handembroidery 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 Scotland

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Glimpses of Scotland’, supported by STITCH magazine with the Embroiderer’s Guild. The beauty of Scotland is in its inspirational imagery, so there were plenty of ideas to get the creativity flowing; the overall winner and best of the rest will be on display. For full details on how to enter our next year’s competition: Glimpses of Brazil, visit:

On Stand Mini Workshops

Get hands on at one of the many On Stand Mini Make & Take sessions, where you can create your own crafty masterpieces to take home! You will find lots of help and encouragement from the experts, who are on hand to guide you. There’ll be the opportunity to try a variety of creative crafts including stamping, jewellery making, beading, papercrafting and cardmaking. Just make sure you book your place when you arrive to avoid disappointment!

Costumes Close-up: Far From The Madding Crowd

Costumes from the new adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic: ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, will be on display at the show, including Carey Mulligan, as Bathsheba Everdene and her three very different suitors. Bafta-award winner and Academy Award nominee Janet Patterson designed these exciting costumes.

Far From the Madding Crowd is out on Blu-Ray and DVD now.

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 with all, their love of quilting and the art of gardening.

SewDirect Pattern Boutique

Browse the latest catalogues form Butterick, McCall’s, Kwik Sew and Vogue Patterns and order your patterns at special show prices for post-free 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.

Jewellery Making & Beading

If you’re passionate about jewellery making or you are thinking about getting started then this is your chance to stock up on all the latest supplies and innovations. You’ll find everything you need for your next jewellery making project from our inspiring range of beads, charms and jewellery making tools.

Papercrafts and Cardmaking

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.


  • Pat Archibald, Quilting Artist
  • Nina Corey, Rag Rugs
  • Gai Button, Needle Felting
  • Carol Coleman, Textile Artist
  • Jennie Rayment, Fabric Origami
  • Jeanette Sendler, Millinery
  • Cathie Shuttleworth, Paper Artist
  • Ray Skene, Lampworked Glass

Textile Groups, Education Centres and Guilds

  • Contemporary Quilt Group
  • Phoenix Crafters
  • Liverpool City College
  • Castanea Crafts in Spain
  • Embroiderer’s Guild

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