The festival of textile art – London 3rd to 5th April 2014

“Indulge your passion for style, stitch and textile art!” Below are some of the things on offer this year.  Here’s a link to the website to find out more and book tickets online.
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This year’s London creative shows get a Fashion & Embroidery twist, with the renowned textile arts show running alongside the popular Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts shows. Discover a variety of amazing displays, an unrivalled range of supplies, plus exciting catwalk shows.Our extensive Programme of Talks and number of Demonstrations and Workshops is sure to inspire, with the opportunity to pick up fashion tips and advice from industry experts. There’s no better place to indulge your passion for style, stitch and crafts!Ellison Appliqué Workshop

Ellison Europe, creators of the Sizzex™ brand of die-cutting machines and accessories, are running free workshops hourly to create your own appliquéd project using the Sizzix™ Big Shot™ machine and appliqué die.

Craft Club Linking Up

Knitters from across the UK saw their hard work and efforts unveiled as a kilometre of knitted links was unravelled at Stitch, Sew & Hobbycrafts, Westpoint Exeter this September. The large balls of knitted links, measuring a staggering one kilometre long, set the world record for the longest knitted chain. So we need you to come along and join in the fun and help to make the chain grow even longer!

The Giant Textile Books

Alison Murray, the imaginative and talented Devon based Textile Artist whose previous projects include the Gingerbread House and Above and Below the Waves, will be showcasing her latest textile masterpiece: The Giant Textile Books. This project is different from Alison’s previous creations in that it includes a variety of textile processes, not only knitting. Throughout the past two years hundreds of knitters and textile artists, have been sending their creations to Alison to complete the installation. The books will be themed: Myths and Legends, Nature Through the Seasons and Futuristic – this will be Alison at work as you’ve never seen her before!

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – Hidden Histories

For this year’s ICHF tour the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles has put together a collection of quilts that commemorate an occasion or remind the quilter of a time when something significant happened. Maybe one of the fabrics holds precious memories, or has been recycled because it has particular significance. Or perhaps they have had an experience, heard a story or visited a place that had such an impact that they were inspired to make a quilt. This exhibition showcases the ways they have interpreted the title ‘Hidden Histories’.

Demonstrators, Colleges, Guilds and Societies

Sally Holman, Karen Delahunty, Louise Mabbs, Pat Lumsdale, Rachel John, Royal School of Needlework, IDC Aademy, Castanea Craft Holidays in Spain, Three Mills Craft Association, National Needlework Archive, Sewing Sanctuary, Guild of Silk Painters, Guild of Machine Knitters.

Voyage Art

In 2011 three UK based creative art quilters met up and realised that they wanted to do ‘something’ a little different – this was the birth of the quilt art group ‘Voyage’. The group now consists over 15 textile artists from around the world, who vary in both their experience and the nature of expression of their art. Their work broadly encompasses the understanding of a quilt in its loosest form. Gillian Travis, one of the founders and Australia member Dijanne Cevaal present their first amazing body of work “Where you find yourself now”.

Barkcloth to ArtShoes

Textile artist, Bobby Britnell and Janet Middleton director of Star Child Shoes are collaborating on a project ‘Barkcloth to ArtShoes’ to promote the charity ‘Hands up for Uganda’. UK Textile artists, Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn, Jean Draper, Diane Bates, Anthea Godfrey and many more are decorating bark cloth, and these pieces will be made up into artshoes to be displayed alongside the traditional baskets and woven mats made by the women in Kisaabwa, Uganda. Bobby Britnell’s textiles using barkcloth will support the exhibition.

Jan Messant’s Embroidered Portraits

Not to be missed! A rare and unique opportunity to see the amazing work produced by renowned textile artist Jan Messant for her most recent book ‘Embroidered Portraits’. Jan, inspired by a host of historical characters, such as Bess of Hardwick, also dipped into the world of fantasy with a ‘book box’, which opens to show Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Kew Gardens – Contemporary Expressions

Formed in 2006, Contemporary Expressions brings together a group of textile designers and makers under one umbrella. Their latest body of work entitled ‘Kew’, takes inspiration from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, a UNESCO world heritage site, these associated contemporary pieces are diverse in their origins, interpretations and individual style; originally exhibited in Alsace, France in September 2013.

My Fair Lady Costumes

Renowned fashion designer Jasper Conran and Irish Milliner Phillip Treacy faced the challenge of bringing a new look to a Broadway musical whose visual style had hardly changed in 40 years, when they designed the costumes for Simon Callow’s production of My Fair Lady. The central flower theme is vividly bought to life in the Ascot scene where the ladies parade with huge hats fashioned as roses, tulips, pansies and lilies.

Handbags & Gladrags

A short history of fashion viewed through an exciting collection of bags and hats dating from 1890 to 1960. These stunning accessories show the different styles associated with each decade and how they changed with the fashions of the day, showcasing a variety of textile techniques, which were employed in the making of these creations.

Madeira Competition 2014

Here’s your chance to see the winning entries of this year’s competition ‘Glimpses of India’, supported by STITCH magazine with the Embroiderer’s Guild, judged at Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch at the NEC in March. For full details on how to enter the competition visit the Fashion & Embroidery Show website.

Schools Fashion Design Competition 2014

In its third year, our theme turns to a popular capitol city for inspiration: Paris. Aimed at students aged 13-18, the 10 finalists from the Sothern region will showcase their creations on the catwalk on Friday 4th April, for judging, and all entries mood boards will be on display for the entire show.

Catwalk Fashion Shows

Hosted by Brenda Killigrew of IDC Academy, our fabulous FREE catwalk shows, take place three times a day at 11.00, 13.00 and 15.00, so simply find yourself a seat, sit back and enjoy!