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Ticket lines open for The Knitting & Stitching Show Harrogate

By Mark Hayhurst 10 Sep 2018

Ticket lines are officially open for the UK’s biggest textile art, craft and design event, The Knitting & Stitching Show, which comes to Harrogate this November.

Bursting with Christmas makes and craft-y gifts, workshops, inspiration and ideas, the Harrogate show takes place from November 22-25 at the Harrogate Convention Centre. Thousands of visitors flock to the show each year and whether you’re a seasoned stitcher or a complete beginner looking to knit your first scarf or try your hand at cross stitch, there’s something for everyone.

Top craft tutors will be hosting over 190 workshops at The Learning Curve programme, from crochet flowers to lampshade making, felted animals to Japanese embroidery. For Sewing Bees, The Dressmaking Studio (in association with Vlieseline Freudenberg) is the place to be with top teachers sharing dressmaking basics for beginners to advanced tailoring techniques for experts.

UK Hand Knitting will be hosting their popular knitting and crochet drop-in sessions and there will be well-known artists and craftspeople live at work in the Artists in Action live studio and Craft in Action demonstration area. The Knitting & Stitching Show offers an unrivalled craft shopping experience with hundreds of exhibitors selling fabric, equipment and other specialist supplies.

Crafters keen to get in the Christmas spirit are invited to knit, crochet, sew or felt something seasonal for The Knitting and Stitching Show Christmas Tree Decoration competition. Entries will be hung on a Christmas tree at one of the show’s entrances with prizes for the Best Tree Top and Best Decoration.

Headline artists in this year’s spectacular Textile Galleries are:

Caren Garfen, What’s Going On Upstairs

Caren has created a bedroom installation furnished with hospital and domestic furniture. Using painstaking hand stitching, she has created a moving and accessible artwork which deals with the devastating world of eating disorders.

Jenni Dutton, The Dementia Darnings

The artist’s series of portraits trace her mother’s life and the story of ageing. Jenni has taken selected photos of her mother and reproduced them as large-scale densely woven depictions in fine wool.

John Allen, Spirit of Place

John has been a textile designer specialising in printed, woven and knitted fabrics for over 25 years. Spirit of Place is inspired by the ever-changing variety of British landscapes, seascapes and London scenes.

Nigel Graham Cheney, Decorated – Tour of Duty

Based on personal starting points of family and local history, this series of ‘body bag’ textile sculptures grafts actual uniforms with army kit bags to reflect on the ideas of loss and commemoration, specifically of WW1 and the Naseby Village memorial.

Other artists appearing are Alysn Midgelow-Martin, Anne Kelly, Carol Naylor, Cas Holmes, Dawn Hemming, Diane Grant, Nicola Jarvis and Susan Chapman. Artist groups include Dionne Swift and Collective Stitches, the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Royal School of Needlework, SAQA, Studio 21, The Quilters’ Guild Collection and Yoke. The show also features a gallery of competition-winning quilts from the recent The Festival of Quilts.

Early bird adult tickets for The Knitting & Stitching Show at Harrogate cost £13.50 in advance (concessions £12.00). Standard adult tickets are £14.50 (concessions £13.00). A wide selection of options is available at or by calling 0844 581 1319 (+44 0121 796 6100 from outside the UK). A £1.50 booking fee applies per order and full Terms and Conditions are available on the show website.

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