Friday, 2 February 2018

Win Tickets to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show!

I've just got a quick post lined up for you today while I'm wandering about the streets of Paris, hopefully not blowing all my spending money on fabric and macarons alone! I need to save up some pennies as I'm really looking forward to heading to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show with my Mum and Nan this year. From Thursday 1st March to Sunday 4th it will taking place at Olympia, London. I always particularly enjoy the show at this venue and there seems to be an increasing amount of dressmaking related stalls and fabric shops selling fabric suited to dressmaking in recent years. I usually try and go with a bit of a shopping list in mind or the inspiring choice can get a little overwhelming but one or two extra little purchases usually find their way home with me...oops!


As well as the huge number of sewing, knitting and craft specialists to shop with (you'll be sure to find some of your favourite retailers there) there's an expanding variety of workshops and drop in studios to get involved in plus free demos in The Creative Living Theatre and textile art galleries to browse which usually inspire me to try a new and exciting craft I don't really have time for! I've got myself booked on to a Fly Front Trouser Zip workshop with Janice Croft in The Dressmaking Studio as that is one sewing technique I still don't have a lot of confidence in and I think it will be great to have someone show me in person.


I was having a browse of the exhibition leaflet before writing this post and clocked a couple of of things going on at the show which I'll definitely be trying to get involved in. I've always enjoyed cross stitch and for Christmas my Dad got me a subscription to X Stitch magazine which I'm really enjoying so I'm delighted to see that the founder Jamie Chalmers (a.k.a Mr X Stitch) will be at the show. He'll be running a drop-in cross stitch studio and showing visitors how versatile and contemporary modern cross stitch designs can be. I'd also like to swing by the knitworking area where you can sit and knit! I knitted my first scarf last year and have added knitting a sweater to my #2018makenine challenge grid so I'd love to get some tips and advice from the resident knitting experts.


All in all it is guaranteed to be a great day out no matter what craft takes your fancy...my biggest concern is how to fit it all in! The great news for you guys is that I've got 5 pairs of tickets to give away which are valid for entry on any one day excluding Saturday 3rd March. To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below and if you like tell me what you'd most look forward to doing at the show...just because I'm nosey! The giveaway closes at 12 midnight GMT on Sunday 11th February and I will be announcing the winners in a blog post the day after. If you live outside the UK you are welcome to enter please only do if you will definitely be able to attend as we wouldn't want the tickets going to waste. Please make sure to leave your email address in the comment if it isn't easily visible on your profile as I will be contacting the winners to arrange delivery of your tickets after the competition closes.


If you can't wait for the giveaway to get your tickets booked, are reading this post late or would like to attend on the Saturday I've got a treat for you too as I have a discount code which reduces advance ticket prices to £11.50 saving you £2 off adult tickets and £1 on concessions. Please note there is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per booking transaction on top. To obtain the offer just enter the code DIARY18 at the checkout.

Good Luck and hopefully see you there!

29 comments:

  1. Hi. I would love to in a pair of tickets please. I would be definately looking for vintage fabrics there as well as looking out for anyone who went to sewbrum last year to say hi.i would also love to try a workshop out, probably on advancing my fitting techniques.😀

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    1. Workshops on fitting techniques are always a win for me! So hard to teach yourself that kind of thing

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  2. Ooh great giveaway! I quite fancy going along to the North American Smocking by Hand lesson.. I've also heard Tilly and the Buttons will be there with her new book Stretch! Definitely want to get my hands on that :)

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  3. Ahhh! Stroking all that lovely fabric!

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  4. I would love to go on Friday with my friend who also dressmakes.
    Of course I’m looking forward to shopping! Lots of stores there that I love ( SOI, TAB, Guthrie&Ghanie. Fabrics Galore). I need some pins!
    Would also book a dressmaking workshop ( eg sewing machine feet ) or even branch out into a different craft workshop if I won tickets and saved the entry cost

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  5. Have never been to the stitching show and after seeing all the amazing fabric shops need to go! Would love the chance to learn new skills@ a workshop.

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  6. Would love to go and just shop

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  7. Exciting! I would love to go fabric and pattern hunting for the summer. Just had a little one and would love a wardrobe revival. Yteesmile@yahoo.com

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  8. I would look at fabric, buy fabric, look at patterns, buy some and speak to some of the stallholders. I would then repeat the process with the knitting stalls. I would try and be good and stick to my shopping list. So yes please I would love to get a pair of tickets, thank you

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  9. My biggest decision will be who to bring with me on my trip to London. (Notice my use of "will be". I'm so positive!!) Visiting The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show would be fantastic! I'd visit the fabric stalls and sewing workshops, and be thrilled if I got Tilly's autograph on her new book. (I'll definitely leave home with an extra empty suitcase!) Maybe I'll bump into you, your Mum and Nan! (Tea?) And when in London...a trip to Liberty! (ETC!) A 'girl' can dream... I'm mmsrygley at gmail dot com. Thanks, Melody

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  10. I'm keen to source some fabric and inspiration for a summer quilt - this would be a great place to do it!

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  11. Sounds like heaven to me. I would love the tickets please?

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  12. Love seeing all the independent pattern companies and paper patterns to buy.

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  13. Oooh I would love a ticket to the show. Wanted to go for a long time! Fabrics and patterns galore!

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  14. Hi, I would love to win tickets and would like to attend some workshops. Zip fly sounds good and I need to improve my overlocking techniques. As always I’ll add to my fabric and yarn stash.
    Thankyou
    Deb Rush

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  15. I'd like to take my mum and check out the artist galleries - we've seen some lovely things at the autumn show in the past, and my mum's been doing a lot of stitch-work herself lately so she's really into it.

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  16. I'd like to enter please. I would like to see everything as I have never been before so have no fixed ideas!:)

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  17. Funnily enough, my husband was wondering whether he should come along to one of these to see what it's all about (think he wants to check out the machines), and I made the mental calculation that I would rather spend the extra ticket money on material. So I would love to win a pair of tickets, and then the thing I would most enjoy is seeing what he makes of it all, and what it's like being a man in such a big crowd of women. All the best

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  18. I'd like to win the tickets. I'd go on the Friday. I've been to a few classes but this time think I'd just browse - and check out (dual meaning?!) a coverstitch machine and any interesting gadgets. I also like looking at other crafts that I certainly don't have time to do! I love textile art and have bought a couple of pieces in the past.

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  19. I just love all the fabric stalls! Mostly though, and probably more importantly, I so enjoy finding small businesses selling amazing fabrics / products / patterns / notions that I probably would never have found on the big scary web and I love supporting small businesses that way

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  20. I'd like to enter for a ticket please :) Fabric, fabric, fabric is what attracts me most. I'm a beginner so am constantly impressed with the range of patterns to pick from! (communikate.smith@gmail.com)

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  21. That would be so much fun! I've never been to one of these shows before so I would want to go just to get inspired. :-) m deaner 86 at gmail dot com (no spaces).

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  22. I'd love to win some tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show. I'm looking forward to getting some inspiriration from the wonderful Textile Galleries and meeting some of the show ambassadors. (beelane@gmx.com)

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  23. Looks like a fun show! I'd love to go mostly for shopping purposes! [o_ktp_o@hotmail.com]

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  24. I'd love to go as it's so lovely seeing so many people in one place wearing their handmade garments, and of course all the fabric shops in one place!
    I'm rachelmulvenna at gmail dot com

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  25. My favourite thing to do at the K&S show is weirdly to browse the stalls that have loads of different Sewing tools. I always find something I didn’t know I needed ��

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  26. I’d love to win tickets to treat my Mum to a day out. She is a keen knitter and I have just learnt to crochet so think it be a great day.
    Keeping my fingers crosssed!
    Lisa_2603@hotmail.com

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  27. I'm a new arrival in the UK (from Australia), and have been eyeing off the various sewing events over here! Would love to come along to this one.
    Julia
    (juliadebruyn@gmail.com)

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  28. I have never been to a show before, so I think I would need to see and do everything possible! (emmaegoldsmith [at] gmail.com)

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