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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.

2016Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - Aug - Sep - Oct - Nov - Dec

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.

Sewing and quilt shows in the UK 2016 - 2017

2016 sewing and quilting 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.

Quilt competitions and shows in the NEC 2016


 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.

Quilting exhibitions in the UK 2016 - 2017
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

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

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. Sewing, craft and quilt events UK 2016

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. Where to find UK craft fairs 2016

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.


Sewing shows and sewing exhbition dates 2016


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



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.

British quilting and craft shows 2016 - 2017


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  


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. 


Craft events in the UK 2016


1-3rd December

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


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.