So last weekend myself and my Sister-in-Law headed to the TwistedThread Spring Knitting & Stitching Show held at Olympia, London. This is the first craft/sewing show I’ve attended so have nothing to compare it to, but we had such a great day! I’ve been to lots of beauty and lifestyle expo’s and this was just as much fun and dare I say it, maybe even more interesting.
We only found out about the show a few days before so made a last minute decision to head up and see what was going on. The show was focussed mainly on dressmaking, quilting, knitting and crochet (as you’d expect from the name really!) and there were loads of stalls full of sewing delights. They were also running workshops were you could learn new techniques, but unfortunately these were all fully booked in advance.
We had a wander round all the stalls, there were lots of bargain fabrics to be had, as well as the usual gadgets, accessories and tools. I picked up some lovely fabric for £4.95 per meter from Fabric Time and a stunning Peacock cotton from Abakhan, which is by far my favourite buy. I’ll show you them another time, as the light isn’t great at the moment. Now I just have to decide what to use it all for!
A couple of other highlights were looking at this fab knitted farm competition, made by attendee’s and the Crochet Jungle where people were learning to crochet and funds raised go Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
A sewing event just wouldn’t be a sewing event without some Sewing Bee’s in attendance and this show had them in abundance! We were delighted to meet Deborah & Ryan, Paul & Matt and Neil, Neela and Amanda. They were all so very lovely, down-to-earth people. I think it was probably a bit of a shock getting stopped by people every two seconds, but they all took it with good grace and it was great to chat to them. Matt didn’t even hint that he was the reigning champ, even when interrogated! His lovely wife was sporting a great leather jacket too, made the same as the show, but this time with a lining I believe! Neela was really great to talk to, and lives locally so I’m hopeful at some point I’ll get to pick up some sewing tips!
It wasn’t just the current series of Bee’s in attendance either. Lauren Guthrie, of Guthrie&Ghanie and Series 1 fame, presented a number of demos, and we were lucky enough to bag front row seats at the Dressmaking Basics session. This was my favourite part of the day, it was really useful and she made everything look really simple. Lauren showed us a quick way to do darts, French seams and inserting bias binding to make her Simple Sew Top. I found it really useful to see the techniques in action and am now planning to make lots of them for the summer.
All in all it was a fantastic show. It wasn’t the biggest I’ve ever been too but there was lots there to keep you busy, with a real variety of stands. The workshops (although fully booked) looked like they’d have been really useful, and the demo we saw was practical and helpful. I’ll definitely be going to the next one.
Any other good show/expo recommendations?