What do you get if you combine hands on workshops, fashion parades, textile exhibitions, patchwork quilts and DIY ideas? You get "The Stitches and Craft travelling Show". It's heading to Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Broadmeadow in September 2014, and it will be a combination of colour and creativity.
What to do and see at The Stitches and Craft Show
There will be displays, interactive craft sessions and more. Below I have highlighted some of the great things that are happening at The Show. Don't just take my word for it. Have a look at the events online here, purchase a ticket and go along for a spectacular event that runs over four days at Newcastle.
Patchwork quilt, Stitches and Craft Show
There will be an International Textile Exhibition, featuring 50 Art Quilts. The quilts have been crafted using a variety of styles, techniques and fibres. Some of the quilters include Diane Firth from Australia, Hsin-Chen Lin from Taiwan, Alicia Merrett from England and Cynthia St Charles from the USA.
If you want to know more about these artists you can check out some information about them on The Stitches and Craft Show website.
The Sentinelle Exhibition, Stitches and Craft Show
Come and view The Sentinelles Exhibition. This is a display of Embroidered Textile Art, and it features embroidered textile panels created by quilters and textile artists from France, The USA, England and Australia. The panels look amazing.
The Sentinelles Exhibition was created by Dijanne Cevaal, and originally consisted of just the large pieces by Dijanne. Dijanne then hand printed smaller panels that other people could purchase to embroider on. The panels have been contributed to the display by stitchers throughout France and Australia.
Each piece explores aspects of earth and each sentinel deals with aspects of the environment. Sentinelle means "Watching Over". See The Sentinelles display at the show.
Janelle Wind, pattern designer. Janelle has been a pattern designer in the patchwork industry for over 15 years. She is also an author and will be signing copies of her book "Pieces of Me", at The Stitches and Craft Show.
Patchwork bedspread by Janelle Wind
Janelle will be displaying her latest work including bags, quilts, home decor items and more. Janelle's patterns are easy to follow with instructions and diagrams that are perfect for beginners.
Janelle's creations, including contemporary quilts, laptop bags, cushions and bags will be on display at the Thorpe Co. Stand, A07, at The Stitches and Craft Show.
More? The 5000 Poppies Project will be featured at the Show. What is the 5000 Poppies Project?
Handcrafted poppies are being created and combined into a 'field' for Federation Square (Melbourne) on Anzac Day 2015. This project, started by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, has seen over 26,000 poppies created so far. People who attend the show will have an opportunity to bring along their own poppies to be included on a wall at the show. The Hunter Group of the Knitters Guild of NSW will collect the poppies and put them towards the 5000 Poppies Project.
Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set the challenge to make 5000 poppies in June 2013. The project has taken off in craft communities around the country and the world. At last count there were 26,593 poppies made by crafters and donated to the project.
At the Stitches and Craft Show there is a wall where crafters are invited to add their homemade poppies. Anybody can contribute to the project. The Hunter Group of the Knitters Guild of NSW will be there to collect the poppies.
The handmade poppies can be knitted, felted, sewn or crocheted. Any contributors are asked to provide their own materials, and you can use any shade of red. Poppies should be no more than 15 centimetres in diameter. There is no limit to the amount of poppies that any crafter can contribute.
Monica Poole, a fashion designer, will be showing spring fashion parades each day of The Stitches and Craft Show.
Monica presents a range of ladies and children's clothing, and accessories including beautiful handbags.
The Western Sydney Woodturner's Association will be giving live demonstrations. And the Central Coast Modern Quilt Guild will be holding a quilt display.
Hands On Workshops
You can get involved with hands-on workshops and there will be chances to learn from experts at tutorials in beaded jewellery, quilt making, hand dyeing, scrap booking, card making and embroidery. There is something for everybody at the Stitches and Craft Show, and it is the place to be between Thursday September 11th to Sunday September 14th 2014, in Newcastle.
Relay For Life - Team Kea
There is a lot on, including a Team who are raising money towards Relay For Life. Team Kea (for Relay For Life) will be raffling off a charity quilt that was made at last year's show. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at this year's show, and all proceeds from the Raffle will go to Relay For Life - Team Kea.
So you could win a charity quilt by purchasing a ticket for Relay For Life. Or just by visiting the show you could also win great prizes. To enter for a chance to win, fill in the competition form you receive with your entry ticket, and place it in the barrel at the competition area of the show.
This Stitches and Craft Show promises to be entertaining, interesting, interactive, and educational. The Stitches and Craft Show is a travelling show as it will appear in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, and Adelaide. Go along, enjoy, learn, and have a go at crafting.