I had a wonderful day at the Sewing for Pleasure exhibition at the NEC yesterday. Keeping up with the latest trends and ideas has always been important to me, and this show is absolutely ideal for this.
There was a real buzz around the hall with the quilting stands selling tools and fabrics being particularly busy. There was also the chance to see ‘sewing celebrities’ from ‘The British Sewing Bee’ – I think I managed to spot about half of this year’s contestants either judging or on stands.
Another great reason to visit is the amount of inspirational pieces on display such as the beautiful quilting example that you can see above. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, it is always useful to see quality examples up close to get ideas for your next project.
For those wanting to get hands on, there were numerous practical classes going on around the hall, from sewing machine demonstrations to quilting classes.
One of the highlights for me was a practical demonstration of customising clothing by Stuart Hillard, one of last year’s British Sewing Bee contestants. He’s a really entertaining personality and has lots of quirky ideas for embellishing and altering clothes. I was even lucky enough to get my picture taken with him!
As always, the fashion catwalk was a treat to see, and it was clear the amount of hard work that the students had put into their pieces. I loved seeing how printed fabrics were being used in garments on the models.
The Sewing for Pleasure exhibition continues today and tomorrow if you wish to attend.