The Knitting & Stitching show is taking over the Highland Hall at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh, and filling it with all of the wonderful textile art, demonstrations, workshops and supplies that we know visitors love from the shows in Harrogate, Dublin and London – but with a very distinctive Scottish twist.
Learn from the experts
Have you ever wanted to design your own knitwear? Or have you wondered how to adjust a knitted garment pattern? Di Gilpin, designer and renowned knitting expert will be telling you how as part of the FREE programme of presentations in the Creative Living Theatre.
She will be joined each day by Wendy Gardiner, Pat Archibald, Jo Avery, Victoria Pollard and others, each demonstrating a particular textile craft. For more details of the presentations over the weekend, click here.
Time to try something new?
Are you a dyed-in-the-wool crocheter? Or maybe a quilter whose stitching has stayed firmly in the ditch? Do you shy away from having a go at a different textile craft because you think it looks too complicated, or just because you have never had the opportunity to have a go for yourself?
One of the best things about The Knitting & Stitching Show is that there are so many learning opportunities on offer. Not only are there lots of experts teaching in the Workshop programme, but there are also a huge number of free demonstrations that you can watch throughout your visit, not forgetting the opportunity to learn how to make lollipops on the Toft stand! To view the programme of demonstrations, click here.
By the world renowned textile artists in our Galleries. For our inaugural show in Scotland we have a real treat – Edinburgh-based tapestry artist Fiona Rutherford, who has work held in collections at the V&A will be showing a whole gallery of work. Plus The Quilters' Guild has brought together a selection of striking and unique heritage quilts from its collection showcasing some of the finest examples of Glasgow’s very unique Turkey Red fabric in use.
To view the Galleries, click here.
For anyone with a love of fabric and yarn craft, The Knitting & Stitching Show offers a retail experience like no other.
From embroidery frames to lighting, fat quarters to hand dyed wools, cross-stitch kits to crochet patterns there is something for you.
Retailers at the show will come from as far afield as Devon, London and Kent, and even from Australia.
With so many companies today only retailing online, this is an excellent opportunity to meet the sellers and see their goods before you buy.
Browse and search the exhibitor list here.
See heritage craft demonstrations
Have you ever seen a weaver at their loom? An expert crocheter working on complex patterns? A spinner creating yarn from fleece? Or maybe a tapestry artist creating a new piece of work?
Crafters in Action will feature expert practitioners working on a wide range of their own projects. You will be able to watch and learn, ask questions, and maybe even try a technique for yourself. Plus, the SWI will have hands-on demonstrations too.
Click here to read more.
If this isn't tempting enough, you can save £2 on an adult ticket or £1 on a concession ticket by using the code IMMED16*. Click here.
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