Do you have a penchant for patchwork and a passion for quilting? Would you love to show your skills off to the world? Then you are invited to enter your work into one of our competitions, to be displayed and judged at the show, with the chance of winning prizes worth up to £1000. All entrants receive free entry to the Glasgow show and 5 free tickets to pass onto their friends and family.
There are five categories to choose from:
Design for an Icon: Using Fabric Manipulation Inspired By Architecture
Does your school or college have any budding fashion designers? Is fashion design an area that your students are interested in? If so, then you won’t want to miss our latest Design for an Icon competition! The chosen theme for this year’s competition is ‘Fabric Manipulation’ taking inspiration from Architecture, both old and new. Prizes include a Brother Innov-is 2600 sewing Machine, one week’s works placement at the IDC Academy for Fashion & Textiles, £75.00 of McCall Pattern Co vouchers, a Vlieseline goody bag, Madeira threads and Search Press craft books…so what are you waiting for?
To find out everything you need to know to enter, and all about the fabulous prizes you can win, CLICK HERE.
Joining forces with the UK Hand Knitting Association (UKHKA) we bring back a much-loved knitting competition! The Nation’s Fastest Knitter launches in Manchester and then continues its tour with heats at Sewing For Pleasure and Fashion & Embroidery with Hobbycrafts at the NEC Birmingham in March and the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show at ExCeL London in April. The UKHKA will also be running regional heats online. The competition will take place at the UK Hand Knitting stand at the Manchester, Birmingham and London shows where representatives of the Association will be on hand to adjudicate with stop watches at the ready. Those taking part must knit 100 stitches as quickly as they can. Their result will be recorded by UKHKA volunteers with the fastest knitter from each of the three shows going through to the grand final taking place at the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts Show in London.
This year we are challenging you to create an embroidered piece of work inspired by the roaring twenties – an exciting decade of change and discovery. Jazz music blossomed, the flapper girl redefined the modern woman, the Charleston bounced on to the scene and Art Deco peaked. New technologies appeared such as automobiles, moving pictures and radio, plus Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered. Let your creativity flow and embroider a beautiful piece that could win one of our fabulous prizes!
All entries will be exhibited at the Fashion & Embroidery show at the NEC, Birmingham (16-19 March 2017), with a selection on display at the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts shows nationwide.
Here is your chance to showcase your creative sewing talent through upcycling! With over 140 million pounds of unwanted clothes being thrown away in the UK every year; and four out of five adults having a least one item of clothing that they haven’t worn in up to a year, here's a chance to get those unwanted clothes out of the wardrobe and onto the catwalk! We challenge you:
To make an upcycled garment by including at least two or more pieces of clothing in the construction of a single garment.
Dramatically and creatively change the original form of the garment - you can create a pair of trousers, skirt, jacket etc. it’s all down to you but it must be an upcycled make. You can use additional notions, interfacings etc. to assist in the construction of the garment but no other additional fabric is allowed other than the clothes you are looking to reuse.
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