The Big Textile show – part two!

The end of my part one blog post was pretty much the end of my first day at the Big Textile show. Day two I meet up with some of my fellow Sew Sociable team members including Sarah from Crafty Sew and so who was running a workshop to make a fabric and bead necklace. Sarah decided to run the workshop at the Sew sociable table, I took part and made this lovely necklace.




Rosie and Tori two of the other Sew sociable team members were busy at there station with Morsbags. This is a great cause that I first discovered at the first Big Textile show. They show people how to make bags from fabric with the purpose of reducing the plastic bags that harm wildlife. Prince Charles donated the curtains from Clarence house to this cause. Over the weekend 100 royal bags were made 30 non-royal bags were made and 100 bags were given away.



morsbag show


Follow the thread

A group of 15 textile artists producing work with embroidery, felt and mixed media .




I’m not sure which group this crazy character belongs to, but definitely think she needs a mention…





Olivia Azzouzi

A graduate in design craft from De Montfort university. Olivia’s pieces are inspired by suffocation and the  clothing of the Victorian era.





Textiles in the yurt –

This just sounds amazing! I didn’t get to meet the teacher as she was running a workshop. However I understood that she teaches Indian textile workshops in a yurt in Countesthorpe. The textiles below are a collection bought in India.






The Quilter’s Guild

A group dedicated to quilting, again I was unable to speak to anyone as they were so busy. There were some unusual pieces in this collection.





Sandra Jenkins –

Sandra and her husband are a very creative pair, Sandra a former design teacher now teaches textile workshops locally and creates felt brooches and mixed media products. Super passionate about teaching and textiles.

Ty Glass –

Alun the other half of the creative team, designs beautiful handmade glass beads and turns it into jewellery.




Ruth Singer

Ruth is based in Leicesters Makers yard and is a well known textile artist, author and sewing teacher. We are also lucky to have Ruth as our guest speaker at the upcoming Sew Sociable 17th October.



Janet Humphrey

Janet is a textile artist inspired by vintage , she hand dyes lace and creates pretty kits as well as running workshops near Nottingham.



 Paint the town

Anne combines painting and textiles to make to create her unique textile art.




Alison Hulme Textiles

Alison is a textile artist translating her embroidery designs into screen prints.




Caroline Bell

Caroline is textile artist working with natural dyes and print techniques. She has recently been awarded a scholarship from the Embroiders guild and is exhibiting the associated work at The knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra palace, starting 8th October.




The African fabric shop

A fabulous collection of African fabrics sourced directly from the makers.




The Sewing cafe

Becky and Faye run this lovely shop in Hinckley where they offer beautiful fabrics, trims and workshops.



Mulberry silks

Silk thread specialists, what a wonderful burst of colour!



This is the end of part two and one more post to go with at least another 15 traders. By this point on Sunday afternoon I was starting to realise this was quite an ambitious task and time was running out to get round the whole show before it closed. Find out in the next post if I made it…..

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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