Posted on Wednesday, October 3 2012 at 8am
In our opinion, there’s no better way to brighten up autumn’s drearier days than with a wander round a colourful craft show, such as, say, the Knitting and Stitching Shows.
Taking place at three locations this October and November, you'll be able to pick up loads of tips and ideas up new skills.
The shows provide fabulous shopping opportunities with almost 300 companies selling everything from yarn to sewing machines, buttons to beads and even dye products so you can have a go at designing your own colourways.
We also love the sound of the ‘Upcycling Academy’ – a chance to be eco-friendly and stylish in one. You’ll be able to try cunning techniques to trendify tatty old clobber and transform it into something new! Show organiser Anna Baptiste says: "Working in partnership with Barley Massey from Fabrications and supported by TRAID and War on Want, our team of ethical craft experts will show you great ideas for turning a jumper into a cushion, some rags into a quilt, or a pair of curtains into a dress. Cut up, sew and embellish to create something truly unique."
Alternatively, why not join Yorkshire’s Craft Guerilla in the First Steps Lounge? Coats Crafts and The Embroiderer's Guild will also be on hand to help you get to grips with skills such as sewing, patchwork, hand appliqué and crochet.
The Learning Curve also offers masses of one and two hour workshops, covering everything from mastering buttonholes to 'E-Textiles: Making Textiles Light Up or Make Sound'!
The Knitting and Stitching Show takes place at London's Ally Pally from 11-14 October 2012 (where we'll be lurking near the Future Publishing stand - come and say hi!), at RDS Dublin from 1-4 November and at Harrogate International Centre from 22-25 November 2012.
Find out more and book tickets by calling 01394 288 521 or visiting the twisted thread website.