The Knitting & Stitching Shows are the UK’s biggest textile art and craft events and are created by twistedthread. The events offers hundreds of workshops, demonstrations and interactive features, curated galleries showcasing the work of leading textile artists and groups from all over the world, and hundreds of specialist craft companies selling essential supplies.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14 8UX – 2nd-5th March 2017
Thursday 2nd March 10:00am - 7.00pm
Friday 3rd March 10:00am - 5.30pm
Saturday 4th March 10:00 -5.30pm
Sunday 5th March 10:00am-5:00pm
Discounts on tickets available to members of the Embroiderers' Guild
Children need more opportunities to explore creative subjects if the UK is to retain its world-leading reputation for creativity, according to leading figures from the textile world.
Top artists, craftspeople and designers are joining forces to launch the Campaign for Creativity in Education at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show in London in March. The show is a hub of creativity and will feature a host of exciting content to inspire the next generation of textile talent, including: Professionally-curated exhibitions and gallery tours by internationally renowned artists and groups, including Harriet Riddell, Helen McAllister, Liz Cooper, Quinary, The Quilters’ Guild and The 62 Group.
Over 170 textile craft and dressmaking workshops, masterclasses, demonstrations and drop-in sessions by expert tutors, from complete beginner to expert level. Artists and craftspeople at work. Advice, support and inspiration about education routes, options and careers in the creative industries.
Anthea Godfrey, Artistic Director of The Embroiderers' Guild, said: “The rigid nature of the national curriculum provides little opportunity or time for children to express themselves creatively, artistically or professionally. Creativity is vital to child development, not only as a means of expression and communication but to support life skills such as problem-solving, strategic thinking and resilience. Creative thinkers hold the key to the UK’s future success, not just in culture and the arts but across business and industry too. To enable creative students to have opportunities to select, embrace and qualify in creative subjects incrementally in the same pathway development as scientists, lawyers, doctors and others is vital in their long term development.”
“It is suggested that creative subjects will be offered in after-school classes but this will inevitably relegate them to the level of 'hobby' and 'pastime'. Consequently, they will be very low down the list when parents and students make their exam selections, which will eventually signal their death-knell. We must do all we can to ensure creative subjects are not sidelined in the education system.”
If you feel passionately about the importance of creativity, then lend the campaign your support by taking part in some craft activism. Simply stitch your name or signature and bring them along to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show where they will be added to a giant embroidered petition. This will be presented to the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, at the end of the year. If you can’t sew, don’t worry – download the ‘how to’ guide from the show website or get help at the show to get started.
The show’s stars are also backing a campaign to encourage more adults to explore their creative side to improve health and well-being. According to mental health charity MIND, one in four people experience a mental health problem each year such as depression or anxiety . The pursuit of purposeful, meaningful creative activities has been proven to have therapeutic benefits . The show has some great ‘crafting as therapy’ features including mass participation workshops, creativity trail, relaxing knitted Butterfly Garden and mindfulness sessions, plus hundreds of specialist suppliers under one roof, selling everything you need to start a new hobby or project.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show takes place from 2nd-5th March 2017 at Olympia London. Tickets are on sale now and cost £13 in advance (concessions £12, children aged 5-18 £6)*. A wide selection of options are available from www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6100 from outside the UK).
*A booking fee of £1.50 is payable per order
The Knitting & Stitching Show was established over 20 years ago over which time it has earned a reputation as the best sewing exhibition for textile lovers anywhere in the UK.
The Knitting & Stitching Shows are the finest textiles events in the UK, covering all aspects of craft and making, from home furnishing to knitting, patchwork and quilting to dressmaking plus crochet, felt making and more. The unique combination of learning, shopping and inspiration sets The Knitting & Stitching Show apart from other craft events, making it a must-visit for thousands of crafters and textile professionals.
See the work of some of the UK’s leading artists in the Galleries this year, providing great inspiration and access to some of the best talent in the textile world.
If you’d like to stock up on craft supplies, The Knitting & Stitching Show provides the best shopping experience anywhere in the UK with over 200 exhibitors. Find quality products including fabric from some of the best-known designers. Every brand of yarn is available, and all the key sewing machine manufacturers are represented. Shop for haberdashery, threads, kits, patterns, books, needles and much more.
The Learning Curve programme offers hundreds of classes in different subjects, hand and machine sewing, dressmaking and quirky toys, unusual and creative knitting, crochet, embroidery, wet and needle felting, mixed media textiles and more!. There are some half day and one day masterclasses.
The Knitting and Stitching Shows are full of inspiration; network with textile lovers, fill your shopping bags and go home brimming with new ideas.