Craft Hobby & Stitch International at Birmingham's NEC

Craft Hobby & Stitch International at Birmingham's NEC

If you're involved in the craft world, then head to the NEC this weekend and discover a cornucopia of ribbons, braids, wools, buttons and fabrics at the 2018 Craft Hobby & Stitch International trade show.

Knit, crochet, macrame...get crafting in 2018

If you're a craft professional, or your hobby has turned into a cottage industry, don't miss Craft Hobby & Stitch International (18-20 Feb), where you can learn to do things even better. You'll find more than 200 exhibitors with product relating to art, needlecraft, textiles, and card-making - perfect for those working in the gift sector. The trade show is also good if you're involved in dressmaking and fashion. A stitch in time saves nine and all that....

To see the latest in wools, threads, and haberdashery, don't miss the Craft Hobby & Stitch International trade show at Birmingham's NEC, which is aimed at craft professionals, as well as enthusiastic amateurs and design students. Be inspired by new designs from the pattern companies;  see new paint products for the art sector; and discover beautiful yarns for knitted product. This event will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.

Now in its 43rd year, this year's event has 240 exhibitors, including some which score highly on the eco-friendly front, such as the Cornish Jute Bag Co, and UK Alpaca - it sells yarns from the wool of alpacas farmed in Britain.

The show has a wide range of seminars and workshops. For example, on Sunday 18 Feb you can hear Linda Jones of research specialists ljandp discuss the findings of their research into the craft industry. Get up-to-date insight into market trends and behaviours and gain an in-depth understanding of potential opportunities for businesses.

Knitted bunting will last for years
get knitting!
Crochet is back in fashion for throws and blankets
Source materials and product and place orders at the show

The show's opening hours are 9am to 6pm but it closes at 4pm on the final day. Register online.

Note, despite mentioning kids in candy stores, no children under 16 will be admitted.  They might try and eat all the buttons...