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The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show adds dressmaking to its popular textile line up

By Mark Hayhurst 28 Nov 2018

In addition to its much-loved textile art, craft and design line-up of workshops, galleries and more, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show will have exciting new content dedicated to dressmaking.

At the show’s Spring Sewing School, top tutors will be hosting an exciting programme of full and half-day dressmaking technique and upcycling workshops, including mastering the basics for beginners, making a garment in a day and intermediate skills for more experienced dressmakers.

All Sewing School workshop rooms include a pattern cutting area.

There’s also a Show Theatre featuring handmade fashion catwalks and live dressmaking competitions, plus a wide range of haberdashery suppliers. The Fashion and Textile Museum will be hosting 50 Years of Fabulous, a showcase collection of garments from its forthcoming exhibition celebrating iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes’ 50th anniversary.

Katie Ventresca, event director at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, to be held at Olympia London, February 28 - March 3, said: “Dressmaking is a satisfying life skill which, with expert tuition, will give you the knowledge you need to create stylish, handmade and unique outfits that save you money and the planet.

“We’re excited to be shining a spotlight on dressmaking this year as well as offering all the fantastic textile art, craft and design features that our Spring show visitors know and love.”

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show features an extensive workshop and demonstration programme covering an array of crafts, from traditional to contemporary knitting and stitching, wet and needle felting, embroidery, leather work and free motion machine embroidery, with a bigger emphasis on upcycling and remodelling.

There are also: gallery exhibitions by textile artists Ailish Henderson, Ariella Green, Catherine Kaufman, Luisa De Santi and the Quilters Guild; drop-in knitting and crochet lessons from UK Handknitting and advice clinics for a range of textile crafts; an Innovation Station showcasing the latest knit and stitch equipment; a bag for life design competition to reduce plastic bag usage; the stunning Enchanted Wood - an elaborate scene of knitted and crocheted magical creatures created by the Louise Hamilton Knit and Yarn Group and Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers, in aid of the Louise Hamilton Trust Appeal to build a ten-bed hospice unit at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; and a new Sip & Stitch Bar combining hands-on stitching with a glass of Prosecco.

For those looking to add to their fabric stash, update their sewing machine or start a new knit or stitch project in the new year, over 150 specialist retailers will be on hand to help satisfy those shopping cravings.

For the second year running, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show will host The National Needlecraft Awards. Developed by online needlecraft retailer SewandSo (, the awards celebrate the world of needlecraft and recognise talent and skill.

Booking lines for show tickets and workshops open mid December. A limited number of early bird tickets will be available at £13.00 (concessions £12.00). Advance adult tickets are £14.00, VIP tickets £30.00 and group tickets £10.50 (concessions £13.00, children £6.00). A wide selection of options will be available from or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6165 from outside the UK). A £1.50 booking fee is payable per order.

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