On Saturday my bestie and I headed to the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC, Birmingham. Neither of us had been before and being of the creative variety, we were a little excited to say the least!
After our initial, "OMG, this place is massive!" and realising that our £10 tickets entitled us to not only 'Sewing for Pleasure' but 'Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch' and 'Hobbycraft' (bargain!), we decided to do a recce of the entire place, marking off on our programme the stalls we wanted to visit later. This certainly helped how overwhelmed we originally felt but I do have to say, the map in the programme was terrible! It made navigating the place really difficult and at times a tad frustrating, especially at lunch time when the world and his mother landed!
Anyhooo, on our second walk round (and several cups of tea and a bag of mini eggs later!), we got stuck into oohing and ahhing over all the masses of gorgeous material. Our purses might have felt the heat at this point! ;-)
I managed to achieve my only goal (I don't like to set too many at places like this and instead go with the flow - more relaxing that way) to have a go on an overlocker machine. In fact, I tried out three and I now HAVE to get one! They are A.MA.ZING!!
My bestie had a mission to find small enough buttons to make Mr Octopus's eyes with and there were plenty to choose from. In fact, the range of haberdashery items was pretty impressive and we may have purchased a few extra bits, as well as eyes for an Octopus!
There were all sorts of crafts and supplies at the show, including plenty of yarn and awesome knitted displays. Mr Dragon above made me chuckle because he had so much character, especially the fact he was wearing a pink ring. So much detail and effort had gone into creating him. I was rather impressed!
There were also plenty of tutorials and interactive stalls, like this hand knitted yarn chain. When I say hand knitted, I actually mean finger knitted i.e. knitting on your fingers, not with needles. We didn't get to have a go but it's now on the list of things to try out. These ladies were actually working on the longest finger knitted yarn chain for the Guiness Book of Records. It was rather spectacular!
We also made it along to one demonstration by no other than the rather lovely, Stuart Hilliard of the Great British Sewing Bee 2013! He did a fantastic demonstration on customising clothing and we both came away wondering if or where he teaches sewing classes because he made the demonstration so much fun! Stuart, you rock!
Soooo, I think it's safe to say, we had a darn good day and cannot wait to go back next year!
Did you go? What did you think? Have you blogged about it (send me the link!)? I'd love to hear what you thought and maybe see a few pics of your purchases! On that note, I will soon be sharing the goodies I bought - not enough space to fit them in here as I bought too much sewing goodness!
Stay tuned for a rather yarn themed blog post this week. I will say no more!
Until then, happy sewing!
Disclosure: I reviewed this independently and wasn't sponsored to write this post.