Fashion & Embroidery

14-17 March 2019 · NEC · Birmingham

Open 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm Sunday)

Fashion & Embroidery is the definitive showcase for anyone passionate about embroidery and textile art. Find a wealth of exciting materials, threads and embellishments all under one roof, and enjoy an array of astounding exhibitions. Learn about courses, take part in a workshop; pick up tips from one of the many textile artists or take your seat for one of our exciting catwalk shows.

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A thread through time

When Tanja Malo started her little shop selling vintage linen threads, never did she envisage the journey it would take her on. Through sheer dedication and determination she sought out the history of Swedish linen, and uncovered a lost embroidery archive, treasure trove of original drawings and embroidered samples. A part of this wonderful Scandinavian archive will be unveiled for the first time in the UK, at the Fashion & Embroidery show – Not to be missed!

21st century yarns

21st Century Yarns specialise in hand-dyed luxury natural fibres which they have been supplying around the world for over 30 years. Their Silks, Cottons & Wools are available in a stunning array of over 70 variegated colourways in different thicknesses and textures suitable for embroidery, quilting, felting, lace making, knitting, crochet, weaving, canvas work and other textile art. Find them on stand K17. 


Madeira competition winners

This year we challenged you to create an embroidered piece of work inspired by Royalty. Whether inspired by a recent Royal occasion; hundreds of years of history; looking to foreign lands or delving much further back to ancient Egypt we asked you to create a rich tableaux in stitches. All entries were displayed and judged on the first day of the show, with the prize giving on Sunday afternoon.

Madeira Glimpses of Royalty Winners

100 hearts

100 Hearts (Embroiderers Guild)

This beautiful exhibition seeks to keep memories alive from our wartime generation. Stories of comradeship, bravery, victories and setbacks were captured in letters received by relatives. Using cloth and thread as both medium and metaphor, artists interpret these stories as sensitive images stitched onto hearts. In conjunction with the SSAFA this will be a unique and thoughtful exhibition to commemorate those that took part in WW1.  



 VIP passes include:

Fast Track entry | Show Guide | Crafty Beggars mini Make & Takes | Exclusive use of the Shop & Drop area | Hot and cold drinks, pastries & cakes.

VIP passes £35 per day. Pre-sales now closed, available on the door only. Standard tickets may be upgraded for £25 charge subject to availability.

Creativity of the catwalk

Creativity of the catwalk

As with the very first Fashion & Embroidery show back in 1989, we are thrilled to still bring you the latest student’s creations in our daily catwalk shows, along with exciting collections from exhibitors. On Friday lunchtime our catwalk will host the final of this year’s Student’s Fashion Design Competition: Designing for the Metropolitan Ball!

Meet the Author

Come and meet our hand selected group of Search Press authors, watch them demonstrate their talents and have a go yourself. We will have: Lisa Marie Olson, Sue Stratford, Tilly Rose, Monica Russel and Mr X Stitch! Come along to pick up ideas and inspiration for your own crafts at home. Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

Team Crafty Beggars

Wendy Turner Webster will be launching the brand new ‘Team Crafty Beggars’ at the NEC, providing four days of completely new seasonal workshops. Visitors can also take part in the Team Crafty Beggars free prize draw for the chance to win a spectacular range of crafting goodies! Use #teamcraftybeggars on social media to keep up with the latest news! Don’t miss their workshops either, choose from: crafts and stitching (scroll to the bottom). 

Meet Team Crafty Beggars

Yao Ming Chien

Beauty in silence

These larger than life tapestries created by embroiderer Yao Ming Chien have to be seen to be believed. They say a picture speaks a thousand words and these works of art really do speak from Yao’s soul. Born deaf, Yao was introduced to embroidery by friend and soon discovered his immense talent.  These hand stitched pieces can take up to four months to complete and require a magnifying glass to achieve the level of intricacy desired! 

Glimpses of Royalty

The theme for the Madeira embroidery competition 2019 is Glimpses of Royalty. We are challenging you to create a rich embroidered piece inspired by royals throughout history – choose to capture Harry and Meghan’s romance, the grandeur of Queen Elizabeth, or even a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt! With thousands of years of history to explore, there’s no end to what you can create – show us your rich tableaux in stitches and you could win one of our amazing prizes! Supported by Stitch magazine with the Embroiderers’ Guild.


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Mind boggling features

Fooling the Eye

Come and see this huge, colourful explosion of over 40 quilts all designed with illusion in mind. There’s everything from 3D effects, transparency, impossible triangles and more! All pieces were created by The Modern Quilt Group of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.



Bookable Workshops

Make & Takes

Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece! There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try.

Book at the show – visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.

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Stalls & Shopping

Stalls & Shopping

Browse aisle and aisles of stalls and stands packed with brand-new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow!

With experts manning each stall – you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!



Getting There

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

The NEC is at the heart of the UK’s transport network. CLICK HERE for road, rail, bus and flight directions.

By Rail:
Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show.

Discount travel with Virgin trains. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance virgin train west coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.

By Car:
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.

Daily car park charges apply. Pre-pay for parking and save on daily rates HERE.


Resorts World Birmingham offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show with restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.



Hobby Paradise!

Hobby Paradise!

Your ticket to Fashion & Embroidery includes FREE ENTRY to The Creative Craft Show and Sewing for Pleasure at the same venue and dates, featuring all these and more…

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VIP Tickets!

You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!


A VIP Ticket includes:

Free prize for the first 200 ticket holders

Fast Track entry

Free Mini Make & Takes

Exclusive use of the shop and drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

Unlimited tea and coffee

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon!

Our VIP passes are just £35, you will be prompted to upgrade when you buy a normal ticket. We can’t wait to see you there!

Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 (£6 tickets don’t allow access to the Make and Takes or complimentary food). 


Free Mini Make & Takes

Tigerlily Makes

Lisa Marie Olson, author of Felt Wonderland is a creative entrepreneur who designs in all things wonderland, from the heart of her home studio in the Midlands! As Seen on TV, “Award Winning” and Voted Best of British are just a few of the highlights of Lisa’s creative life. Lisa Marie is incredibly proud to have been selected to represent the Crafty Beggars at the Creative Crafts Show in March 2019, as part of Team Crafty Beggars.  So why not step into wonderland and be transported to another world of creativity with the fabulous workshops on offer at the show.

Make and Takes: Come and learn how to needle felt a cute chick or bunny head in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Silvar Design

Mark Vardy founded Silvar Design in 2004. Originally an electronics engineer, Mark is now a silversmith, running workshops in silver jewellery-making and enamelling on copper from his studio in Staffordshire. Mark also designs jewellery kits ranging from simple elasticated bracelets and earrings to macrame and kumihimo braiding. Mark has presented these for sale on a number of craft shopping channels since 2015. Mark is a qualified adult education teacher.

Make and takes: Use a variety of beads, tubing and charms to make a delightful spring memory wire bracelet in the Crafty Beggars VIP area.

Stamps Away

Ali is a mixed media crafter and one half of Stamps Away. She loves teaching and demonstrating all manner of crafting but with a particular reputation for using the everyday items, in a rafty way. She has been demonstrating on the craft shopping channel now for 10 years and is known for her unusual techniques. And is looking forward to an exciting 2019 with Team Crafty Beggars

Make and Takes: Butterfly Heart – A spring Mixed Media project, adorned with beautiful book butterflies

Simply Vintage Design

Melissa is founder of Simply Vintage Designs which was born from a love of all things vintage and handmade. She brings handpicked original vintage items, haberdashery and fabrics back to life using modern and traditional crafting techniques. Her workshops are a relaxed, creative environment where up-cycling meets creativity. Melissa is a regular guest presenter on Hochanda TV and a proud member of Team Crafty Beggars.

Make and Takes: Lovely vintage paper spring flowers

Janie’s Originals

Janie is an established mixed media Artist and designer, she teaches many forms of arts and crafts and can be seen demonstrating on Hochanda TV with her Hobby Art stamp collections and Bizarre-ology MDF mixed media techniques.

Make and takes: In these sessions you will learn how to bind a paper covered notepad with a selection of lovely decorative papers. This simple technique can then be used, by you at home, to create various sizes of notebooks and journals.

Lechlade Craft Barn

Jennie and Karen launched Lechlade Craft Barn in 2014, offering an exciting range of affordable craft workshops in a beautiful stone barn in the Cotswolds. With backgrounds in design and craft, the award-winning duo can also be found at a number of venues around the UK and are delighted to be art of the Crafty Beggars Team. “Our workshops are fun, relaxed and designed for beginners or keen crafters”, says Jennie and Karen “with the Crafty Beggars team involved, it’s even more fun!”

Make and Takes: Learn the ancient art of block printing using beautiful Indian wooden blocks and fabric paints in gorgeous colours.