This weekend I went to the Sewing for Pleasure/Hobbycrafts show at the NEC with my friend Alison. I had the best time! I think I may have totally bored everyone on Instagram with my photos; if you’ve already seen them then I apologise haha…
The first thing I spotted (on my way to get a coffee to wake me up!) was this:
I got so excited – Andy and I have wanted to try out screen printing for at least a year! The workshop, run by Nicole Line, was only £5 and for that you could screen print your own design onto a bag of your choice. Nicole is a graduate in Textiles for Fashion and Interiors and now teaches creative workshops to both adults and children. This was her first show, although you would never have guessed that, she was so organised and great at chatting to everyone!
I’m not the most arty person in the world, so I decided to just go with a T on my bag to begin with. I had to draw my letter and then use a scalpel to carefully cut it out. Yes, before you ask, I did manage to cut myself!
Next I put the screen over my cut out letter, chose my colours and dragged the squeegee across the whole thing. When Nicole said I could do the other side of my bag too, I decided to try to draw something. I was inspired by my sewing-themed dress and did this:
Annoyingly I messed up the bottom, but as I still need to iron it to set the ink, hopefully I can tidy it up a little bit. I really loved doing this; and now I’m looking at buying a basic screen printing set-up to have a go at doing some bags and t-shirts. I might even let Andy join in! A massive thank you to Nicole for this workshop, it was fantastic. (She’s also on Facebook, go and show her some love, she should absolutely have more likes than she does!) Next up was another workshop, ( a far cry from last year when I couldn’t get into any), this time we were making a bandana baby bib with the lovely Laura Strutt from Made Peachy. I was so excited to finally meet her as we’ve been chatting for a while now.
Here’s the finished bib. I have to hunt down this fabric; possibly the most gorgeous knit fabric ever!
As well as meeting Laura, I was also excited to meet Jules Fallon from Sew Me Something; another lovely lady I’ve chatted to on Twitter/Instagram. If you’ve never seen any of Jules’ patterns then you should check them out. I meant to pop back over to her and get the Kate dress pattern before I left but I forgot 🙁 (See? If it’s not written in my Bullet Journal, then I’ve got no hope of remembering!) I didn’t take too many photos whilst wandering around. I was too busy stroking pretty fabric mostly, but here are a few…
The National Dressmaking Awards were taking place on the last day of the show, and I had a look around at the entries. This Alice in Wonderland inspired outfit, by Clair Jackson, was my favourite by far. I would totally wear that dress and shoes. This was designed as a Halloween costume and has a quote from the book around the hem. I love it!
As I’m hosting a quilt project for Project Linus UK, I thought I’d check out a few quilts. These were my favourite two:
The last workshop I did, in honour of this year’s commitment to yarn-based crafts was weaving (yeah, crochet and me are not getting on right now, but I’m trying!). I’ve never tried weaving before, but it looked really interesting when I walked past earlier in the day. The workshop was being run by Room For A Loom, and I really enjoyed it. It looked more complicated than it was, once I’d gotten the hang of it. I had a quick look on Pinterest for weaving projects last night and I’ve told Andy I need him to make me a peg loom!
I bet you want to know what I bought, right? Honestly, not that much. Not because I didn’t want anything but I really do need to start working my way through my stash, not adding to it. I did buy these adorable patterned cottons to make some things for my Etsy store (which needs some serious updating). I also bought some needle felting needles as the ones I got with my kit pretty much all snapped straight away.
So there you have it, my round up of this year’s Sewing for Pleasure show. I had such a fantastic day, I can’t wait for the next one! Did you go? Which were your favourite bits?
Thank you to ICHF events who kindly provided me with a press pass for entry to the show.