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Forthcoming craft events in 2016

2016 is going to be a busy year for the crafting community, with an abundance of events we can all look forward to. Here are just a small handful of exciting events taking place throughout the year.

January

Get Your Knit On With Wool And The Gang
Knit along with your friends at this Wool and the Gang Knit Party! No previous knitting experience required.
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
The Get Your Knit On Eventbrite webpage

Waltham Abbey Wool Show
Enjoy a stroll around the stalls featuring crochet, yarn, stitch and much more!
Marriott Hotel, Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3LX
Sunday 17th January 2016
The Waltham Abbey Wool Show Website


February

Craft Hobby & Stitch
Europe's largest and most influential dedicated trade show for the art, craft, needlecraft and hobby sector.
NEC, Birmingham
21-23 February 2016
Craft Hobby & Stitch Website

Knit and Stitch 2016
Southern needle crafters can again enjoy a dedicated exhibition showcasing all aspects of needlecraft, stitch craft and wool craft, all under one roof
FIVE, Farnborough GU14 6XL
26th - 27th February 2016
Knit and Stitch Website

March

Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is the ideal place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies. Expect workshops, exhibitions and plenty of supplies to buy.
Olympia Central, London.
3rd - 6th March 2016
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show Website

Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Enjoy all things yarn and knitting and spend a few days in our beautiful Unesco World Heritage city.
Edinburgh Corn Exchange
17th - 19th March 2016
The Edinburgh Yarn Festival Website

April

British Craft Trade Fair
BCTF has been promoting British hand-made giftware for 40 years, longer than any other trade fair in the UK.
Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
10th - 12th April 2016
British Craft Trade Fair Website

A Festival of Welsh Wool & Natural Fibres
A great family day out with hands-on woolschool workshops and events showcasing the best in Welsh and British wool and natural fibres.
Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells
23th - 24th April 2016
Wonder Wool Website

May

Wharfe Wool Fair
An event for all wool lovers and anyone who likes knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, needle or wet felting. With around 20 selected suppliers, predominantly local, who will be offering a wide range of goods.
Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Rd, Ilkley LS29 9DZ
Saturday 7th May 2016
Wharfe Wool Website

June

Leeds Wool Festival
The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship!
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills
Saturday 4th June 2016

Ockworth Wool Fair
Join us for our 3rd Wool Fair with sheep dog trials, demos and sheep shearing, The Sheep Show, runner duck shepherding and lots specialised wool crafts and sales!
National Trust - Ickworth, House Stewards Flat Rotunda, Bury Saint Edmunds IP29 5QE
4th-6th June 2016

The Contemporary Craft Festival
The Contemporary Craft Festival has grown from 4,000 to 8,000 visitors since it started and has become one of the most prestigious and highly acclaimed craft events in the UK.
Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon
10-12 June 2016
The Contemporary Craft Festival Website

Woolfest2016
The event is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship!
Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre | Cockermouth | Cumbria | CA13 0QQ.
24-25 June 2016
Woolfest Website

July

Wool on the Wall
learn about all the things you can do with local wool and, of course, buy locally grown food and crafts from the Farmers' Market.
Greenhead, Northumberland
Sunday 10th July 2016
Wool on the Wall Website

Yarningham
Yarningham is a 2 day marketplace for dyers and independent producers from the UK and beyond. It also features a programme of workshops led by industry specialists.
Stirchley Baths, Bournville Ln, Birmingham B30 2JT
16th -17th July 2016
Stitches and Hos website

Fibre-East
Fibre-East was conceived of, and is being developed, to benefit a specific community: individuals and small businesses working with wool and other natural fibres sourced in the UK, as well as the farmers who produce those fibres.
Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2NU
30-31 July 2016
Fibre-East Website

August

The British Wool Show
Whatever your chosen craft there will be exciting treasures for you to discover as you explore the stands at the show.
York Auction Mart, Murton, York YO19 5GF
5th-6th August 2016
The British Wool Website

The Pop-Up Wool Show
As a lover of yarn and all things woollen, you are invited to visit the showcases lovingly prepared to inspire and feed your creative side.
Hulme Hall, 23 Bolton Road, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DH
20th August 2016
The Pop-Up Show Website

September

Great Northern Needlecraft & Quilt Show
Patchwork and quilting exhibition and needlecraft with trade stands selling all items within the needlecraft trade.
The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8QZ
2nd - 4th September 2016

Yarndale (pictured)
Described as a "creative festival celebrating all things woolly and wonderful", Yarndale plays host to an impressive selection of talented and passionate exhibitors.
Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road, Skipton, BD23 1UD
24th - 25th September 2016
Yarndale Website

October

Shetland Wool Week 2016
Shetland Wool Week is a celebration of Britain's most northerly native sheep, Shetland's textile industries and rural farming communities.
Shetland Museum & Archives, Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WP
24th Sept - 2nd Oct 2016
Shetland Wool Week Website

The Knitting & Stitching Show
Enjoy a great day out with stitching workshops and craft shows.
Alexandra Place, London
5th - 9th October 2016
The Knitting & Stitching Show Website

West Wales Wool Festival
Here you will find all things woolly from beautifully hand crafted items to the equipment needed to make at home. Packed with live demonstrations throughout the day and interactive workshops.
The Queens Hall, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
Saturday 8th October 2016
West Wales Wool Week Website

The Knitting & Stitching Show
The definitive event for anyone with a love for stitch and crafts.
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin
20th - 23rd October 2016
The Knitting & Stitching Show Website

November

West Country Quilt & Textile Show
There will be workshops, traders selling quilting, sewing and stitching supplies plus quilt competitions. 
UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
11th - 13th November 2016
The West Country Quilt & Textile Show

Festiwool
Wool show exhibiting over 50 independent designers, spinners, dyers and crafts people
North Herts College, Cambridge Road, Hitchin, Herts SG4 0JD
12th November 2016, 10am - 5pm
Festiwool Website

December

Selvedge Winter Fair
You'll find over 100 designers and small companies to bring you vintage haberdashery, antique textiles and many other textile treats at the Selvedge Fair.
Chelsea Old Town Hall
1st-3rd December 2016

The Lacemaking, Quilting & Needlecraft Christmas Fair
A vast array of specialist suppliers of threads, tools, and accessories all under one roof.
3rd December 2016 10am - 4pm
Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4LE
The LQ&N website

If you have any events this year that you would like adding to our list, please email andrew@worldofwool.co.uk.

 

 

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