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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch!

So I'm getting a lil bit excited right now as it is coming up to the time of year when the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show arrives at the NEC in Birmingham.

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.

"This year's theme for the ever-popular Madeira Competition is 'Blighty', so put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea and let the Royal Wedding, the Olympics, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or the more simple pleasures in British culture inspire your stitching! Whatever takes your fancy, the standard is guaranteed to be exceptional. "

"The Romance of Words collection is the third 'In the Spotlight' exhibition from the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

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" "

" "The history of lace-making", it has been said, "is the history of an art". Lace is not, like embroidery, an ornamented fabric, but is itself an ornament; the whole pattern is the fabric, and the fabric is the pattern.

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. "

"The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) and UK Hand Knitting Association, launched a competition challenging their members to get their needles clicking and design and knit a piece of headgear. Judged by renowned knitting expert and author Erika Knight, the winning entries will be on display along with the best of the rest"

"The National Needlework Archive is pleased to be showing pictures and poems submitted for the latest round of this ever-popular project. The object of the project is to combine textile art with poetry such that each form complements the other and promotes both to new audiences.

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

Sewing for Pleasure

Hobby Crafts

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

How glorious, 8 comments:

  1. Thanks for your comment on my blog. Following you.

  2. I'd love to see the costumes from Downton Abbey! Don't even watch the show, but the costumes are beautiful from what I've seen xx

  3. Hi dear, thanks for stopping by. This is the first time I've heard of an event like this, sounds so interesting. Would love to attend. looking forward to seeing your coverage of it

  4. Seeing the costumes from Downton Abbey would be amazing! This looks all looks so great at a bargain price :)

  5. Really great post! And I love Downton Abbey as well! Such a great tv show! It would be really awesome to actually see all the costumes from that period! :)


  6. ugh- i wish i could sew! i really envy all the great DIY projects that require sewing.


  7. Holy crap do they really have Downton Abbey costumes? That's amazing! It is my faaavourite show, I'm so annoyed I have to wait for the next season!

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