Good morning all,
Well I went along to the 'Stitc and Creative Crafts' show at the Trafford Centre with my mam yesterday and we had a lovely time. We took part in a needle felting session which neither of us had ever done before and we LOVED it :O) It was really very straight forward and didn't require many tools or specialist equipment and it's a BRILLIANT way of taking out any tension (repeated stabbing motions to bind the natural fibres together - just think of someone or something who has recently annoyed you and get prodding!) We both made a needle felted brooch although we are yet to get the pins and felt backing stitched on to complete them ..... pics to follow.......
After that session my mum had a go at a beading class (The Southampton Bead Shop) which again was really good - they had ran out of places so I stood by and took it all in but it was really still very beneficial for us both. She ended up with a beautifully crafted 2 string (?) black and grey faceted sparkly beaded bracelet which looked gorgeous when completed..... so much so that I have bought similar supplies from them to have a go myself........ watch this space!
The show was good however, not anywhere near as good as the ICHF show (which I went to earlier on this year at the NEC in Birmingham). There were absolutely 0 fabric stalls, one pattern stall (Vogue, Butterick and McCalls) and a sewing machine stall (PFAFF and Janome). Everything else was really targeted at card makers which still seemed very popular and was interesting but not really my craft area.
Would I visit this show again? Probably to have a go at some more of the activites (but they book up really quickly so you have to get in early!) but if you're not a card maker, I think that the ICHF sho has much more to offer sewistas so i'd recommend that you save your ££ and visit that instead. :O)
I have not been to the ICHF NEC Autumn/Winter show yet (only the spring show in Feb) so I may very well try to get there when it is on later on this year.......... http://www.ichf.co.uk/sewingforpleasure/ They also have many other shows so well worth a look if you're a fellow crafter. The D&T Education show is also very good from a DT or Primary teachers' perspective.
Pics to follow of my craft show purchases later on today but in the meantime, I'm off for a pub lunch.