Hitting EventCity after their fantastic show in February, Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts runs from 12-14 September and with over 150 exhibitors with the latest products, ideas and innovations from the crafting world, the creative army will be spoilt for choice on where to look first.
This season's event boasts the world’s first life-sized Knitted Garden; a riot of colour with hand-worked blooms, bumble bees buzzing around their hive and ladybirds scuttling over a plant pot. Created by the UK Hand Knitting Association, this unique knitted masterpiece is a sight to behold with everything from a deckchair, vegetable plot and garden shed to a pond, tasty picnic and watchful gnome. For those knitters in the room who feel inspired then there is also the chance to be a part of a World Record attempt as The Craft Club is calling all knitters to take part in their latest attempt to create the longest knitted chain, so come along to cast on at the show.
Jewel in the crown of the 3 day event, if it wasn't enough, is a chance to see close up the amazing stage costumes from Simon Callow’s version of the hit Broadway musical, ‘My Fair Lady’. These have been created by renowned fashion designer Jasper Conran and Irish Milliner and royal favourite Philip Treacy, each costume is set to wow the crowds with its intricate and unusual design. Taken from the amazing Ascot scene, the flower theme is vividly brought to life with huge hats creating a stunning garden in the shape of roses, tulips, pansies and lilies that really needs to be seen to be believed.
With everything from sewing, knitting and quilting to papercraft, cardmaking and beading, you will find all the latest innovations from the world of creative craft and if you need to stock up on yarns - and which crafter doesn't - why not visit the ever popular Black Sheep Wools from Warrington with the softest yarns in an abundance of colours, weights and fibres. What's more, all visitors can enjoy a free programme of Quick & Easy Workshops, Talks and Demonstrations each day of the show.
Running alongside Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, Woman’s Weekly Live also taking place during the weekend is a totally unique event brought to you by the makers of Woman’s Weekly Magazine, packed full of everything you would expect from one of the biggest selling weekly magazines; there will be daily catwalk shows, cooking and craft demonstrations and gardening, fiction, craft and knitting workshops.
Make sure you visit Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts returning to EventCity, Manchester this September. With so many fantastic features, inspiring ideas and top advice from the experts, you will leave the show bursting with ideas - after all it's only a few crafting weeks until Christmas. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit www.ichf.co.uk.
Adult £9.00 (£7.00 Advance Price)
Senior £8.00 (£6.00 Advance Price)
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Mon 9 September
For those of you feeling lucky I have FIVE pairs of tickets to give away. Just enter your name and email in the box below or, for the security conscious, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with "Creative Stiches Giveaway" in the title and on SUNDAY 8 SEPTEMBER all entrants will be put in the Sorting Hat (of course it's a Sorting Hat, I am called Potter) and the lucky winners drawn will each get a pair of tickets to go and shop and wish list to their heart's content. What ARE you waiting for?
The very boring but necessary Terms and Conditions
UK entries only
This prize is for a pair of tickets to any day of the Creative Stitches Event being held at EventCity (12th, 13th or 14th September 2013). There are FIVE prizes available of a pair of tickets.
Only one entry per person.
Prize is for day tickets only and does not include accommodation or travel.
Competition closes at Midday on Sunday 8th September 2013
Winner has two days to get in touch before they forfeit the tickets.
Tickets will be in guest list form and the winners must give their name at the Box Office to gain entry.