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.

Buy Tickets

1 Day Pass 2 Day Pass 3 Day Pass
Adult £14.00 £22.00 £27.00
Senior £13.00 £20.00 £25.00

At the show


A thread of hope

Witness Tanja Malo and her heirloom yarns and you’ll never forget them. Via her company Linladan, Tanja rescues vintage Swedish threads patterns (and more) – sought by collectors and stitchers alike. Tanjas dedication to tracking down these yarns and unearthing their history takes persistence and dedication (the first archive she found burnt down in its entirety). Tanja also produces new threads and kits to pay homage to these designers work, breathing life into old designs.

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.  

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!

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! 


Upgrade your day! VIP passes include:

  • Fast Track entry
  • Show Guide
  • Crafty Beggars mini Make & Takes – programme TBC!
  • Exclusive use of the Shop & Drop area
  • Hot and cold drinks, pastries and cakes in the VIP lounge

VIP passes for just £35 per day. Book now and you’ll be offered the option to upgrade at checkout!

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.

Sorry, workshop details are not yet available.

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 25% 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…

Vanity Fair Costumes · You won’t bee-lieve it · Team Crafty Beggars · FOLK IT – MINDFUL CRAFTS · Debbie Shore Learn to Sew Workshops · Catwalk · Lecture Theatre · Sew Your Style 2019 · VIP PASSES