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Four days of craft craziness at the EPIC
The Craft and Quilt Fair is back for another year, with a huge range of craft items to buy as well as a variety of classes to take part in. Held at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra), this popular event is attended by thousands over the four days, with busloads of people coming from miles around to attend the Fair. With exhibitors showcasing all crafts such as scrapbooking, machine embroidery, beading, crochet, card making, knitting and spinning - there will be something for all craft-lovers at this huge event.
Do you love getting crafty? If so, jot these dates in your diary - you don't want to miss this once a year opportunity to go craft crazy at the EPIC.
Go shopping at the Fair and learn about new products on sale and ideas that can transform the crafts that you currently enjoy. With new technologies, new products and new tools coming out each year, the Fair is a good opportunity to find out about them all. If you wish to try a new craft, have a chat to the stallholder and find out more about what is involved. A great way to get started is to buy the kits that are available, so you have everything at your fingertips as soon as you get home. With so many craft experts, presenters and teachers all in one place, ensure you have plenty of questions at the ready to make the most of this unique opportunity. For a full list of exhibitors, see here.
Wander the aisles and discover new ideas and products
Classes and demonstrations will be running regularly throughout the day, where you just turn up and take a seat. A program booklet is handed out when you walk into the Fair, so you can plan your day around the classes that interest you. In 2015 there were Christmas crafts, scrapbooking, card making, machine embroidery, jewellery making and patch working classes, to name a few. For a full list of 2016 classes, see the Craft and Quilt Fair Expo website closer to the date.
At the Quilt Fair section of the building, admire the spectacular quilt displays and be inspired by the skilled handiwork of the entries to the worldwide AQC Quilting Challenge. This prestigious annual quilting challenge had 88 entries this year, with the theme 'Tradition with a Twist'. All the entries had their own interpretations of the theme, making for interesting viewing of the finalists that will be on display. The winner from Victoria, Alison Withers, created this colourful quilt (below) using hand pieced English patchwork, machine pieced patchwork, raw edge applique, sashiko, free machine drawing and quilting. For more information, see here.
Winner for 2016: A Happy Place by Alison Withers. Source: Craft and Quilt Fair website
The Craft and Quilt Fair is an inspiring day out to learn new tricks and come home with bags of new ideas and equipment to try. With the Fair completely inside, escape into another world and revel in the creative and busy atmosphere. On a personal note, when I visited the Fair in 2015 I walked away with a host of new ideas to try and I was impressed with the variety of products to buy. There were beads and jewellery making equipment sold at the Fair that I have only ever seen online or overseas. It was a treasure trove to sift through with competitive prices and fair specials to take advantage of. If you visit on the last day in particular, you may even find more specials and bargains to be had.
Why not get a few friends together or visit on your own and make the most of this annual craft event. Walk through the doors and be inspired - and take a big bag for all your shopping!