Basically it is a huuuge event for anyone into anything remotely to do with the sewing world, it happens every year and always promises to be really interesting.
A few years ago they had the costumes from the film 'The Duchess' that Keira Knightly was in, it made my day and this year looks to be just as good!
'Learn new techniques or indulge your speciality with our workshops, talks and demonstrations and see tomorrow's designers bring their work to life on our catwalk fashion shows - all absolutely FREE!'
well it's not actually free to get in, but once you're in everything is free to see!
I am most looking forward to seeing the costumes from the period drama Downton Abbey. I am fully in love with the series and not afraid to admit it. Being able to see the costumes up close will be really interesting.
Rising stars from each region present literal and lateral interpretations of "The Romance of Words" in quilt form, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" "
This delightful exhibition explores the ancient craft of lace-making, both by hand and machine, including Needle lace; Cutwork, Bobbin lace; Crochet lace; Guipure and many others. "
Professional and amateur textile artists are asked to interpret poems of their choice as pictures, which are then exhibited together with the poem, which inspired them. Lovely textiles, lovely poems, what more could you want!"
This lovely event covers so many different areas, with many other organisations showing on the day. There will be exhibitions, catwalk shows, demonstrations and also stalls to buy all of the wonderful items to make your own crafts, often at discount prices.
Entrance to this show also provides you access to two other shows on the same day, Sewing for Pleasure and Hobby Crafts.
So so so excited about sewing for pleasure this year as Mr X Stitch is going to be there (from Kirstie's Homemade Britain). There will be demonstrations on how to re-invent your wardrobe, basic machine sewing such as zips and hems (and classes so that you can put it all into practise there and then), a dressmakers pattern bar, a knitting lounge, sewing experts, media teams and organisations showing off their projects.
All details can be found from their websites;
Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch
I would recommend to anyone able to get to Birmingham (22-25 March 2012) to try and get down to these shows. It's only £9.50 for an adult ticket booked in advance or £11.50 on the door. A bargain really considering all the free events and workshops that you can participate in. This event easily takes up a whole day and is such good fun!
All images and quotations come from the event websites; http://www.ichf.co.uk/fashion/ , http://www.ichf.co.uk/sewingforpleasure/index.php , http://www.ichf.co.uk/hobbycrafts/index.php