The UK Sewing Events Calendar is superb for the growing number of sewing and crafting enthusiasts. You can attend sewing workshops as well as find amazing fabrics for your sewing projects.
Fabrics Galore is exhibiting at lots of show this year, so please do come and say hello on our stand as we would love to see you! We always bring a selection of our best new fabrics and have lots of suggestions to inspire your next make.
2020-21 Sewing Calendar
FARNHAM MALTINGS ONE DAY QUILTING SALE – Sunday 17th January 2021
The actual show is also a favourite with customers for many reasons including the crèche for children and partners with the Sunday papers which means the shoppers can really get on with the business of buying fabric. Farnham itself is also a very pretty little rural market town, with many other attractions aside from the Maltings and only 32 miles away from London. The list of other exhibitors is also quite vast considering it’s a small village in Surrey; these last year included both the Quilters and Younger Quilters Guilds and the Patchwork corner. This all makes it an ideal place for any quilter to start the year.
SPRING QUILT FESTIVAL AT ARDINGLY – 29th-31th January 2021
But now we must move on to the next show, which is the Spring Quilt Festival at Ardingly. This show again is about quilting, patchworking and textile art. It’s held at the South of England Showground, which holds events throughout the year for literally every hobby out there from Antiques to Volkswagen parts. Incredibly the show ground is on a 150 acre site, which should be just about big enough to show off all our fabrics. Ardingly itself is equal distance from Chichester and London, and the village is well renowned for being in The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. So all in all a trip to the show would be a lovely day out. The show is at the end of this month so we have a few weeks to turn around the numerous fat quarter boxes, posh remnants and half metre pieces after Farnham.
The Stitch Festival – 25th February – 28th February 2021
So the Knitting and Stitching Show has changed into the Stitch Festival, it had it's first one ever in 2020. Thats not all, that has changed it's also in a new location; rather than Kensington Olympia it's now in the Business Design Centre in Islington. This show is literally everything a Stitch Lover needs, there are 240 workshop on everything you can imagine including crochet, knitting, textile art and sewing. Now obviously we are going to be there with as much dressmaking and soft furnishing fabric as we possibly can. Along with us The Foldline Ladies will be there, as well Barnyarns and Tilly and the Button to name but a few.
POSTPONED: Sewing for Pleasure, NEC Birmingham, 19th – 22nd March 2020
Now this has been postponed due to Covid-19 but will still happen this time from 25th June -28th June 2020. As it has been moved it will be combined with both Fashion and Embroidery Show and Creative and Craft Show. This means on this weekend will be action packed with the all yarn, thread and fabric you can possibly imagine. This show will also feature Celebrity Workshops with some famous faces from various series of the Sewing Bee; as well as a Women's Weekly Vintage Exhibition. Being at the NEC means it is super easy to get too via train or to drive as well.
POSTPONED: Spring Quilt Festival Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Exeter, 3rd – 5th April 2020
Unfortunatley this has also been postponed due the outbreak of Covid-19. The new date is now 7th - 9th August. However it is still in the same place which is perfectly positioned just 6 miles away from Exeter. Exeter not only features the historical Cathedral, but also a lot of good pubs and tea rooms. Handy. Now the construction of the Cathedral started in 1114 and the two towers are still from that period, although it was rebuilt between 1270 and 1350. But back to the quilting this show features many quilt displays, workshops and we will be there with 100's of fat quarters and an awful lot more.
POSTPONED QUILTS UK, MALVERN – 14th – 17th May
Now this has been moved to the 18th July to 21st July, which is unusually from Saturday to Tuesday. But in these strange times we must adapt, there will be the usual Quilt competition with entries coming in from all over the world as well as a display from famous quilters and quilt artists. What is truly lovely about this show is its location, at the foot of the Malvern Hills it really is as picturesque as that sounds with rolling hills and the odd sheep. And our fun facts about Malvern is that, it's been famous for bottled spring water since 1622 and was the planned location for the evacuated British Government during WW1.
Springfields Quilt Show, Spalding – 5th June-6th June
Another quilt show set in a beautiful area of natural beauty this time on the River Welland in Lincolnshire is the Springfields Quilt Show. Now at the moment this hasn't had to change dates due the virus but we will keep you updated if this changes. Now the market town of Spalding is famous if a few things including tulip production which led to the Spalding Flower Parade between 1959 and 2013. But back to the quilt show there will be an array of quilt displays, as well as a range of patchwork and quilting suppliers. Ready to sort out all your crafting needs.
National Quilt Championships, Sandown, Esher - 19th - 21st June
This is show is features another open competition for quilters with the displays of quilts serving as a real inspiration of future projects. With the backdrop of Sandown Racecourse, making it the perfect day out to end with a Pimms. The other exhibitors include Lady Sew and Sew and Worn and Washed Fabrics to name but a few; making it a hot spot for all things patch work and quilting. To make it even better we will be there with all our fabrics for making floor blankets, quilts dress making or even a cushion or too; as well as the huge selection of fat quarters and blenders.
The Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham -30th July - 2nd August 2020
Firstly the tickets for this years show won't be going on sale until April due the fears about postponement due to Covid-19. However this shows maintains it's title of "Europe's Ultimate Quilting Destination", with over 800 quilts entered in it's competition and along side that are 300 companies selling all your patchwork and quilting supplies including Fabrics Galore, with everything you'd expect fat quarters, many many fabrics and of course Paul's ugly shirts. But for the first time this year there will be "The Japan Pavilion" which includes 10 hand picked exhibitors from The Great Quilt Festival in Tokyo, with some having not come to the UK before.
THE HANDMADE FESTIVAL AT Evolution Battersea Park – 11th - 13th September
This is in a new location this year, rather than Hampton Court it's at Evolution in Battersea Park. This show is also unique in that it offers a range of features encompassing craft, food, drink, heritage skills, gardening, sewing and well being. All this features make it perfect for a group of friends as everyone is bound to find something they enjoy, then you can meet up at the end for a Gin and Tonic. The Handmade Fair has been going for 6 years combining creative people with makers and celebrating the hand made. To help with transport the buses that stop at Battersea Park are 137, 344, 44 and the 452, the train lines are South West and Southern or the nearest tube station is on the Victoria Line.
THE CREATIVE CRAFT SHOW, Westpoint Centre, Exeter 24th – 27th September
Unlike the previous show in the same location (see above for more details) this has an emphasis on knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting and dress making. Now the additional information for this show is that is there will be a shuttle bus running between Exeter St Davids and Westpoint every half an hour from 9.00am until 4.30pm. If you need some facts about Exeter to wow your friends with on the bus ride, see above.
The Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace London 8th – 11th October
Now although Ally Pally seems quite a long time in the future it may still be affected by Covid - 19, but if you book tickets with See Tickets for both the show or workshops they will be refunded in case of cancellation. But back to show it has highlights such as textiles galleries, processco bars and Artists in Actions where you can see artists working through their ideas from start to end. Getting to Ally Pally by public transport is made simply by free shuttle buses from Wood Green Station or Alexandra Palace Train Station which goes every 20-30mins. This is the one of our largest shows, so we make sure we have plenty of new fabrics for everything from dress making to quilting via soft furnishing.
The Creative Craft Show; Simply Christmas NEC, Birmingham 5th November – 8th November
This is the show you need to get all your Christmas crafting supplies, it has everything from sewing to gifts for the whole family. However there aren't any details of workshops, but there will be some. But as soon as more information is available we will be the first to let you know.
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