Friday 9 November 2018

Creative Craft Show

We were privileged to be allowed to exhibit at the Creative Craft Show at the NEC last weekend.  Although it's a much smaller show than the other shows we have exhibited at, the fact that it ran alongside others relating to Art, Cakes and Christmas meant that we still were able to talk to lots of people, some of whom were not familiar with textile art. Cath heard one surprised person say, "I've never seen anything like that - I could put it on the wall at home!"

Dia and Deb were stewarding on Thursday and Friday and were demonstrating how they use the Embellisher, which as always drew many people's attention. Here's a comment from our visitor's book:

Amazing crafts and lovely ladies. Lovely to see the embellisher being used! Thank you!

It was interesting to see the difference the black boards made to our work in comparison with the white ones elsewhere.


Cath & Bernice were stewarding on Saturday and Sunday.  Alongside her usual circles and spirals, Cath used her demonstration time to investigate something new for her -  embellishing onto felt with strips of fabric she'd previously printed and dyed. This was something gleaned from her chats with Jean Littlejohn at Ally Pally (see full post here) and was a limited success - more practice needed!

Here's another lovely comment from our book:

I've discovered another item I must have - a Janome embellisher! I've been inspired today. The skills and knowledge will come in handy once I've bought one. Thank you ladies for the inspiration and demo today.

Bernice showed her mixed media ideas including this book based on Venice.  It will probably be included in next year's exhibition as she is putting holes and windows in it to Reveal what's on the next page.

And so we say goodbye to our Destinations work and look forward to next year's theme: Revealed.  Our first exhibition is at the British Quilt & Stitch Village in April 2019.  We hope you will visit us there.

In a future post we will reveal some sneak peeks of our new work.  Here's a taster: