This year’s Stitching, Sewing and Quilting Show at the Glasgow SEC was a great hit with the visitors.
Now in it’s second year, there were over 90 exhibitors and an extensive programme of talks,
demonstrations and workshops.
This first thing we noticed this year was the civilised wider isle space allowing people time to stop and chat to vendors, brows the wares.
Some visitors had obviously done their homework and headed straight for chosen exhibitors to obtain items on their shopping list.
Others browsed looking for inspiration and offers.
Mysterious patchwork quilt
Can anybody help identify a mysterious quilt?
The owner bought it from Hampden from the Alzheimer Challenge and would like to donate it to Dalgarven Mill Museum in Kilwining.
Before giving the quilt away she is keen to learn more about it.
Eclectic mixes of what appear to be old dress and shirt fabrics are grounded on black. All worked by hand in a traditional log cabin quilt technique.
If you have any information please let us know via the comments section at the end of this post or contact Ayrshire Quilters on 01655 889 915
Workshops and presentations
There were many opportunities to try a new crafting technique with a number of workshops encouraging people to try a new skill.
Visitors could learn how to do Gelli Plate printing, make a canvas stitch/shading brooch or create a cute felt chicken for Easter and much more.
The Stitching, Sewing and Quilting Show free talks programme covered a variety of textile and crafting topics including ceremonial kimono dressing on a live model and the fascinating and moving story of Canadian quilts which were sent to the UK and Europe by the Canadian Red Cross during World Ward II.
Visitors also got a once in a lifetime chance to view a fantastic collection of these Canadian quilts on display near the entrance to the hall.
Boutis Ecosse, The Scottish Association for makers of historical Provencal hand stitched white-work, displayed the fascinating and intricate technique used to create fine padded quilting worked on white fabric.
Card making still appears to be very popular with lots of unique designs and inspiration.
There were some fantastic ranges of stamps and inks from Card-io, Inkylicious and Tonic Studios.
The show also saw the debut visit to Europe of the incredible “Yarnia” display created in Canada and the USA.
Three scenes from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe are all created from knitted pieces using a variety of techniques.
The stunning feature took a team of five designers and 30 knitters several months to create.
Main characters from the book are re-born in three woolly scenes.
Stitching, Sewing and Quilting show winners
Madeira embroidery competition “Glimpses of Scotland” winner was Alison Peters with her 3D piece featuring Highland Cattle.
Neil McGillivray was awarded Gold for his near monochromatic design in the “Contemporary Quilts” class.
Weaving and Printing
Weaving is probably one of the oldest methods of producing fabric and the wonderful pieces being exhibited by Glasgow Clyde College have brought it right into the 21st century.
Some of the students have combined printing on fabric within their weaving process.
Images delicately hand painted onto the warp appear as watermarks in a traditional plaid design giving the fabric a whole new dimension.
Plenty more to come
ICHF Events who organise the stitching, sewing, quilting and Hobbycraft shows have more exhibitions planned for the rest of the season;
Fashion and Embroidery, Sewing for Pleasure and Hobbycrafts
17-20 March 2016
Stitching and Sewing Show
ExCeL, London 7-9 April 2016 and at the NEC, Birmingham 1-3 July 2016
To find out more, visit the ICHF Events website;