Sewing for Pleasure · 16-19 March 2017 | ICHF Events

NEC, Birmingham

16-19 March 2017


ADULTS: £12.00
SENIORS: £11.00

Unleash the creativity within you at Sewing for Pleasure – if sewing, knitting and patchwork are your passions, this spring visit the ultimate stitchers’ paradise - with all the latest supplies and ideas including must-have fabrics, fabulous yarns, patterns and threads; plus plenty to inspire and help refine your craft, including hands-on workshops, demonstrations and a chance to speak with the experts – you’re sure to leave with your imagination ignited with inspirational ideas!

Show Features

A Cardigan for Cardigan

In celebration of the 900-year anniversary of Cardigan town, designer Lisa Hellier created a giant cardigan depicting the town’s heritage. People from all walks of life came together to create this truly magical work of art over one year. Not to be missed! Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Korbond's Sewing Studio

Korbond Group are well known in the UK for their great range of affordable haberdashery and craft accessories. At the Sewing for Pleasure show, they aim to continue to grip British crafters imagination through a line up of fun and inspirational workshops with a very special guest: Jenniffer Taylor!  Jenni is one of the Sewing Bee’s most recollected contestants and is Korbond Group’s Brand Ambassador. With Jenni you can learn a range of unique sewing ideas that will enhance your creative skills, taking your projects to the next level! 

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Korbond Group Creative Upcycling Challange

Enter our ‘Upcycling Challenge’ competition, in association with Korbond, and you could win a fabulous Janome DK30 Sewing machine worth £479, plus £100+ of sewing accessories, to be judged at the Sewing for Pleasure show.

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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!

Nation's Fastest Knitter - Birmingham Heat

Joining forces with the UK Hand Knitting (UKHKA) we bring back a much-loved knitting competition! The Nation’s Fastest Knitter continues with its Manchester heat. The UKHKA will also be running regional heats online. Representatives of the Association will be on hand to adjudicate with stopwatches at the ready. Those taking part must knit 100 stitches as quickly as they can.

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Experts & Artists

Dressmaking experts:
Gill Arnold; Michelle Pye, Alison Smith MBE and Sara Radford.

Patchwork and Quilting Artists:
Pauline Ineson; Louise Mabbs and Sally Holman.

4 shows for the price of 1!

Your ticket includes FREE entry into Hobbycrafts, Fashion & Embroidery and Cake International at the same venue, at the same time.

(please note Cake International is open from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 March 2017 only)

Guilds, Federations and Societies

  • Guild of Machine Knitters
  • Guild of Silk Painters
  • Ring of Tatters
  • Warwickshire and West Midlands Federation of WI
  • United Kingdom Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA)

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