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Craft your Christmas at The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

By Mark Hayhurst 25 Oct 2017

If you’re planning a homemade, hand-stitched Christmas, then there’s no better place to be than The Knitting & Stitching Show, the UK’s biggest textile event, which opens in Harrogate next month.

Expert tutors will be teaching over 230 workshops and classes, from rag rugging to upcycling, embroidery to dressmaking, and there’s something for everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned stitchers.

Festive makes include delicate book folded angels made from recycled books, needle-felted robins, decoupage baubles and patchwork Christmas stockings, plus hundreds of handmade textile gift ideas like cushions, scarves, bags, underwear and jewellery. For the crafter in your life (or an early Christmas treat for yourself), there’s plenty of opportunity for Christmas craft shopping, with hundreds of fabric retailers, yarn companies and specialist suppliers under one roof.

‘Yarn Doctors’ from UK Hand Knitting will be helping visitors learn to knit and crochet at their Drop-in clinic, and are inviting crafters to stitch and decorate stockings for their annual Christmas Stocking Appeal.

Stockings will be transformed into decorations which are being sold at the show in aid of mental health charity Mind and donated to care homes and hospices. Free stocking patterns are available on the UKHK website and finished stockings can be donated at the Harrogate show or sent (with maker’s name and address) to: UKHK, 60 Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, Herts AL7 1JU.

The Knitting & Stitching Show has teamed up with the world-famous Betty’s to hold The Knitted Tea Room competition. From cakes to tea cosies, cups and saucers to sandwiches, the show organisers are looking for a sumptuous spread of knitted or crocheted items that can be found in a tea room.

Entries will be displayed throughout the show and the judges will be looking for innovative and beautifully made pieces. Judging takes place on Sunday, November 26, and the winner will receive a Betty’s Christmas Hat Box worth £75, packed full of Betty’s festive delicacies.

Items should be sent before November 15 to: The Knitted Tea Room competition, twistedthread, 58 White Lion St, London N1 9PP, or brought along to the show before Sunday, November 26. Tea cosy and cupcake patterns can be found on the competition website.

The Knitting & Stitching Show attracts thousands of textile art, craft and design fans from across the north of England and hosts Textile Galleries by world-leading artists and groups. Headline artists for 2017 include Amy Twigger Holroyd, Diana Harrison and Jo Beattie and there are exhibitions by the Royal School of Needlework, Studio 21, Quinary and leading textile graduates.

Expert weavers, spinners, embroiderers, lace and braid makers will be demonstrating their skills and there will be textile artists at work in a live studio environment (Artists in Action, in association with Art Van Go).

Dressmakers and sewing bees can enjoy a dedicated workshop programme in the Dressmaking Studio (in association with Vlieseline Freudenberg) and expert advice about working with patterns at The Sew Today Pattern classroom (in association with the McCall Pattern Company). For those keen to show off their handmade vintage handiwork, the glamourous McCall Pattern Company Cocktail Party in aid of the Eve Appeal is the place to be seen

The show will be collecting stitched signatures for an embroidered petition by the Campaign for Creativity, a campaign by leading textile artists, designers and craftspeople to protect creative and craft subjects in education and to encourage more adults to explore their creative side to improve health and wellbeing. The stitched petition will be presented to the Education Secretary later this year.

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