Sewing events and shows 2016/17
Event organisers: due to high demand, please accept our apologies but we are no longer accept details of events to be added to this page. Thank you for your interest in The Sewing Directory and we wish you every success with your exhibitions and events.
BEFORE VISITING - Please use the links provided to confirm the details with organisers before travelling any distance to attend any of the shows below as this page is written around a year in advance. Plus check out these useful tips for visiting shows.
19th - 22nd May
Quilts UK, Malvern Show Ground
Take in the hundreds of spectacular quilts on display whilst stocking up on the latest quilt supplies. You will also find workshops where you can learn patchwork and quilting techniques from experts.
Visit the Grosvenor Shows website for tickets and more information.
3rd - 4th June
Springfields Quilt Show, Spalding, Lincs
Wonderful displays of quilts, patchwork and quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities on hand to “show you how”. Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.
Find more information here.
17th - 19th June
National Quilt Championships, Esher
Hundreds of beautiful competition quilts on display. Lots of patchwork and quilting supplies can be purchased from the stands and there will be workshops and demonstrations.
Visit Grosvenor Shows site for more details.
1st - 3rd July
The Stitching Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show, NEC Birmingham
A new show in the calendar all set to offer the usual variety for all you stitchers, sewers and hobbycrafters! The award-winning creative craft show has got enough on offer over the weekend to keep you enjoyably busy. More details due out soon here.
The Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham
Visit Europe's leading quilt show where you can view over 1,000 amazing quilts as well as stocking up on fabric and other quilting suppliers from the 300+ exhibitors. There's also over 180 workshops and lectures to choose from too.
Get more details from their website http://www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk/
2nd - 4th September
Great Northern Quilt Show, Harrogate
Competitive quilt show with entries invited from all over the world, this year's special theme is Fantasy. Attendees can view the quilts, take part in workshops and stock up on supplies from the exhibitors.
Full information can be found here.
23rd to 25th September
Scottish Quilt Show, Edinburgh
Hundreds of spectacular quilts to view plus many patchwork and quilting suppliers to buy from. Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.
Book tickets and find out more here.
30th September - 1st October
Kent Quilt Festival, Kent Showground
Find your favourite patchwork and quilting suppliers alongside hundreds of beautiful quilts plus quilting workshops. Good catering available on site plus free on site parking.
Get full details here.
5th - 9th October
The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace
Now running for 5 days. Find galleries showcasing the works of leading textile artists, plenty of workshops plus a big range of fabric stalls and craft suppliers all under one roof.
Click here to view the full details and to buy tickets.
11th - 13th November
West Country Quilt & Textile Show, Bristol
This year's show will be an expanded version of last years with plenty of popular exhibitors and a large quilt and textile display. There will be workshops, traders selling quilting, sewing and stitching supplies plus quilt competitions. This show is a true mixed textile event including, knitting, cross stitch, lace, patchwork, quilt etc.
To find out more please visit http://westcountryquiltshow.co.uk/
17th - 20th November
The Knitting & Stitching Show, RDS, Dublin
The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in Ireland and it's your opportunity to share your love of textiles with others. Whatever your craft passion it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies.
Get the full details here.
Selvedge Winter Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall
You'll find over 100 designers and small companies to bring you vintage haberdashery, antique textiles and many other textile treats at the Selvedge Fair.
Find out more at http://www.selvedge.org
1st - 4th December
The Knitting & Stitching Show - Harrogate International Centre
Find shopping, inspiration and learning all under one roof at one of the largest textile events in the UK. You will find galleries, workshops and craft suppliers.
Find out more about what will be there by visiting this page.
27th - 29th January
Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly
Wonderful displays of quilts to see, plenty of shopping opportunities and experts to 'show you how'. Order your tickets and get more information here.
Late February date TBC - TRADE ONLY
CHSI Stitches, Birmingham NEC
The place to be if you run a craft business to stock up on supplies, learn from the seminars and network with other businesses. Europe's no 1 trade show.
Get more details from http://www.chsi.co.uk
24th - 26th February
Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh
A great day out for Scottish quilters with beautiful displays of quilts to browse as well as many suppliers to buy from. There will also be workshops available to be booked on the day.
Find out more about this quilt show here.
2nd - 5th March
Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia Central, London
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the ideal place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies. Expect workshops, exhibitions, textile art and plenty of supplies to buy.
Full details at http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com
3rd to 5th March
Spring Quilt Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Find your favourite patchwork and quilting supplies exhibiting at the show, take part in expert workshops and view the displayed quilts.
Details and tickets can be found here.
9th - 11th March
Stitch and Craft, Malvern
A new show in the Three Counties Showground. The show will feature a big range of craft hobbies, including sewing, cross-stitch, embroidery, patchwork & quilting, knitting, card-making, paper-craft, stamping, beading, crochet, sugarcraft and more. Meet the experts and learn something new in one of the numerous ‘make and take’ workshops.
Get the full details here.
Normally around 3rd week of March - Date TBC
Sewing For Pleasure, Fashion, Embroider & Stitch and HobbyCrafts, NEC Birmingham
Another 3 in one show from ICHF, one ticket allows you to visit all 3 shows. Sewing, stitching, knitting and other crafts are covered in the 3 shows, displays, workshops, demos and the chance to buy new supplies for your stash from the many retailers who will be exhibiting at the shows.
Get ticket prices and more information from the ICHF Website.
31st March - 2nd April
Spring Quilt Festival, Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter
Large display of quilts from all over the world. Patchwork and quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities on hand to “show you how”. Workshops can be booked at the show on a first come first served basis.
Get more information here.
Start of April, Date TBC
Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, Excel, London
A show for stitchers, knitters and hobbyists full of ideas, inspiration and craft supplies. Plus workshops, demonstrations and new product launches.
Visit the ICHF site for more information.
Date TBC - usually late April
British Quilt & Stitch Village, Uttoxeter Race Course
Browse the exhibits and competition quilts, stock up on fabric and haberdashery from the exibitors and take part in workshops to learn new skills.
More information about this event can be found here.
Knitting & Stitching Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
The show will feature much of what stitchers know and love from sister events in Harrogate, Dublin and London. Textile Galleries, workshops and demonstrations plus suppliers of amazing fabrics, tools and haberdashery will all be there in abundance.
Find out more here.
Apologies but we cannot promote every sewing event and exhibition happening in the UK.
Please do not e-mail with details of events. After being innundated with e-mails, we can now only promote the largest events with the broadest appeal for the website - many thanks.