Friday, 24 March 2017

Shopping for fabric and trims

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There are some great places to shop for fabric online, but many times we find ourselves contemplating expensive trips to London, or buying overpriced fabric, or even rummaging around local haberdashery shops that, while useful for the odd zip or elastic, are hopeless for finding quality fabric. With that in mind, I put together a few of my favourite places to shop for quality fabrics online. If there's any you use, I'd love to hear about them!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Fashion and Embroidery / Sewing for Pleasure / Hobbycrafts – NEC Birmingham 16-19 March

The NEC in Birmingham knows how to put on good shows – just last week, millions of people up and down the country watched Crufts. I stayed with my family, and even the kittens loved it:

They were both shy when I arrived on Friday, but by Sunday they trusted me and curled up on my lap together. It was crushing to leave these little guys behind when I went back the following day.

This week, the NEC hosts the Sewing Show. The opening day can often be the quietest day to go, as most people don't book a day off and visit on the weekend. Featuring Fashion and Embroidery, Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycrafts shows (Cake International is also included in the price but is only open fri-sun). Last year, I went with my mum to the show at Alexandra Palace, and this year we wanted to try the NEC as it's easier to get to from Banbury.

I didn't get the names of all the artists/stalls, and I'm sorry about that. If you recognise any of the textile pieces, please let me know and I will credit them.