The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – inspiring a new generation


14 January 2014

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (13 – 16 March, Olympia, London) has announced a host of features designed to inspire a new generation to take up a new hobby as crafts such as knitting, sewing, quilting and dressmaking continue to enjoy a huge surge in popularity.

With a second series of the Great British Sewing Bee hitting our screens this Spring and a 12%* increase in the number of people starting to knit or sew in 2013, crafting is more popular than ever. The Knitting & Stitching Shows have also seen a 15% rise in visitor numbers over the last 12 months.

Now The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is set to be bigger than ever as it brings together the UK’s leading craft experts, a host of new features and over 200 exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books. It is a must-attend event for anyone inspired by the ‘homemade’ revolution sweeping the country.

New for 2014, the K&S Homestyle Theatre provides inspiration and advice from some of the UK’s leading craft authors, including Mandy Shaw, Kate Beavis, Liz Betts and Wendy Gardiner, on a whole range of projects for your home. From an introduction to quilting and cushion making through to ‘how to’ sessions for making fun projects such as wigwams for children and introducing a vintage theme to your home.

Following the launch of The Knitting & Stitching Show’s National Fashion Textiles Competition, open to students aged 16 – 19, the show will see the shortlisted and winning designs in a spectacular exhibition celebrating the amazing talent of young people in the UK.

The Dressmaking Studio, hosted by The Sewing Rooms, Putney, gives visitors a chance to get hands on with all aspects of clothes making – from buttonholes, hems, and seam finishing to zip insertion and pattern cutting. With sessions available for complete beginners through to those of an intermediate level, it’s the perfect chance to learn a new sewing skill or get some first-class tailoring tips.

The Learning Curve programme is designed to give visitors the chance to get hands-on experience with a whole host of crafts, guided by expert teachers. With 34 different classes to choose from each day, visitors will learn how to sew a piped cushion, make soft toys, rag rug, create enamel buttons, make a girl’s skirt or get an introduction to patchwork or crochet. For a full a full list of sessions and to book visit

New for 2014, Mr X Stitch and the Young Embroiderers have created the Inspiration Station giving visitors the opportunity have a go at cross stich or simple embroidery, whilst textile artist Dan Chilcott and founder of the TOFT knitting brand, Kerry Lord, have joined forces with the Campaign for Wool to create a spectacular installation –encouraging visitors to join in with knitting and crochet activities throughout the event.

As well as providing a fantastic shopping opportunity visitors to the 2014 Spring show will also get a chance to see collections of work from leading textile artists. The Silkfest Collective presents The Little Mermaid – a visually stunning and theatrical gallery exploring themes of body image, modification and just what we will do for love – through the story of The Little Mermaid. Artists include: Yulia Badian; Lidwina Charpentier; Jill Denton; Sue Dove; Caroline Merrell and Arianna Sroka. Gilda Baron presents a variety of her distinctive textile landscapes, seascapes and flowers, created using techniques from batik, fabric dying and handmade felt work, through to machine and hand stitching and applied fabric.

Exploring the concept of ‘Halfway Between’, the Thames Valley Contemporary Textile Group has created a collection of work to be exhibited for the first time at the Spring show. Some of the artists were inspired by landscapes, nature and folk tales, whilst others have created very personal interpretations that were stimulated by thoughts halfway between fantasy and reality. The techniques on show in the collection include quilting, appliqué, embroidery, weaving, knitting, and a variety of surface design and dyeing techniques.

In addition there will be displays by Contemporary Quilt, a specialist group of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and a showcase of work by designers and makers hosted by Folksy. Visitors will also have even more opportunities to shop as, new for

2014, the show will be open until 7pm on Thursday, designed to give people the chance to visit after work.

For more information and a full schedule of activities taking place at the show please visit

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Notes to Editors

The Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show takes place at Olympia Central

Thursday 13 March 10am – 7pm
Friday 14 and Saturday 15 March – 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 16 March – 10am – 5pm

Tickets priced £15 on the door (£12.50 in advance).

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*Key Statistics from Craft & Hobby Association (UK)

  • 12% increase in people participating in crafts year-on-year.
  • UK craft and hobby industry worth £3.5 billion.
  • 7.2 million knit within the UK.
  • 3.5 million sew their own clothes.
  • 3.9 million enjoy cross stitch.
  • 1.8 million are involved in patchwork and quilting.
  • Knitting is the second most popular craft based hobby, the first being cake making.
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