Embrace your creative side.
The Creative Craft Show will be at Event City in Stretford from January 31 – February 2 and organisers are promising a haven for craft enthusiasts from all disciplines, including knitting, cross stitch, dressmaking and everything in between.
Ticket holders will be able to browse aisle after aisle of stalls and stands, packed with new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow. And with experts manning each stall, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!
Live demonstrations will also take place throughout the day, these include:
Chunky knitting and Macramé
Come and watch the talented Paula from Cocoon&me as she creates stylish pieces for the home. Demonstrations will be on the hour every hour and will alternate between chunky knitting and macramé (starting with chunky knitting at 10am). Paula’s beautiful handcrafted products will also be for sale on the stand (D28).
You won’t bee-lieve it
Following last year’s breathtaking poppy display Grans on The Make are promising a technically adventurous, visually impressive feature for this year’s show that they say will be particularly poignant to Manchester. Come along for all the information you need to get involved and see the Gran’s amazing ICHF journey.
Life-size felt animals
Wulydermy takes its inspiration from the Cheshire countryside and creates unique, life-size animals and birds, using sculptural needle felt techniques. Come along and try for yourself, you’ll also find plenty of needle felt kits for you to try at home. There will even be a life sized felt wolf on the stand! (Stand E60)
Mind boggling quilt
A showcase of illusions and a kaleidoscope of colours – in quilt! Come and see this new exhibition of more than 40 quilts, all designed to fool the eye. There’s everything from 3D effects in 2D, transparency and impossible triangles. All pieces were created by The Modern Quilt Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
Jay Raven’s Inventors Asylum merges art, craft and science to bring you an amazing array of creations. From 200-year old photography techniques like cyanotypes to post-apocalyptic stage costume, there is something for everyone. Come and see how technology and craft blend together to make fantastic things happen and even join in!
A nip and tuck
Internationally acclaimed tutor, lecturer and author of nine books, Jennie Rayment is totally obsessed with twiddling, fiddling, nipping, tucking and manipulating! From sewing machine to over-locker and by hand, stitch enthusiasts will be addicted to her novel designs. Jennie is an entertaining and educational lecturer who also demonstrates on television.
Queen of rust
Bex Raven, The Queen of Rust, will demonstrate her unique approach to dyeing and stitching. Drawing inspiration from historical Japan to the modern day and beyond, her techniques include hand and machine embroidery as well as dressmaking. Visit her stand to find out more about the life-changing art of Wabi Sabi.
The beauty of textiles
Pat Archibald is an Internationally renowned textile artist, who travels around the world to exhibit and teach. On her stand, she will be demonstrating a variety of techniques, including painted Lutradur, Markal paintsticks, gilding and foiling fabrics and how to use her unique Transfer Templates. Intrigued? You’ll have to visit her to find out more!
Make and take workshops
Show organisers have just announced their exciting lineup of drop-in/on stand workshops. There will be new things to try and, of course, all of the old favourites! All of these workshops take place on the corresponding stand (stand numbers can change closer to the show). Visit The Craft Show website for more details.
Tracey Spurgin is a qualified senior Art Clay and PMC instructor. With 20 plus years experience, she teaches at Craftworx studio in East Yorkshire and travels extensively in the UK, as well as being a guest designer on Jewellery Maker TV. Tracey will be doing demos on her stand.
CarolAnn J Allen is an artist/educator specialising in hand embroidery. She is based in Yorkshire, where she runs workshops. CarolAnn also teaches English paper piecing, stitched Shibori, eco printing and dying with the importance on ‘slow’ textiles and traditional skills.