Sewing events and shows 2016
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.
22nd - 24th January
Spring Quilt Festival, Norfolk Pavillion, Ardingly
Upstairs you will find a wonderful quilt display and downstairs you can shop with your favourite patchwork and quilting suppliers.
Information can be found here.
4th - 6th February
The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show, Event City, Manchester
The largest craft show in the North West, a show for stitchers, knitters and hobbyists to stock up on supplies, take part in workshops and meet other enthusiasts.
More information here.
4th - 6th February
Craft 4 Crafters, Westpoint Arena, Exeter
One of the largest sewing and textiles shows in the South West. Over 140 businesses will be selling craft supplies plus there will be textile displays, workshops, lectures and demonstrations.
Get the full details here.
19th - 21st February
Spring Quilt Festival, Royal Higland Showground, Edinburgh
Wonderful displays of quilts, patchwork and quilting suppliers stands. Quilting enthusiasts and personalities on hand to “show you how”.
Good facilities including restaurant, disabled facilities, easy and instant access, free parking.
Full show information can be found on the organiser's website.
26th - 27th February
Make It + Knit & Stitch, Farnborough
Come and indulge in two fun-filled Knit & Stitch it shopping days and enjoy the best that the needlecraft industry has to offer. Choose from thousands of fabulous materials, kits and supplies on offer from your favourite companies (plus some that have never been seen before!) and enjoy the special show offers and discounts only available to visitors. There are workshops, on stall demos and free make and takes too.
3rd - 6th 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 and plenty of supplies to buy.
Full details at http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com
3rd - 6th March
Quilting Show, Hobbycrafts and The Stitching & Sewing Show, SECC, Glasgow
3 shows for the price of 1! See a showcase of the UK's finest patchwork and quilting, knitting, stitching, cross stitch, sewing and other hobbies. There will be talks, workshops, competitions and demos.
Get details of all 3 shows at www.ichfevents.co.uk
4th - 6th 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.
10th - 12th March
Stitch & Craft UK, Three Counties Showground, Malvern
A mixed craft show covering a big selection of hobbies including sewing, patchwork, crossstitch, embroidery, papercraft, crochet, card-making, sugar craft and more. There will be make and take workshops plus you can learn expert tips from demonstrators.
Details can be found here.
17th - 20th March
Sewing For Pleasure, Fashion, Embroider & Stitch and HobbyCrafts, Birmingham NEC
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.
1st - 3rd 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.
7th - 9th April
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.
22nd - 24th 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.
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.
11th - 14th August
The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham NEC
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.
10th - 12th 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.
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.