Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC in Birmingham

Great workshops every day!

Opening hours: Thursday 17, Friday 18 and Saturday 19 March 9.30 to 5.30, Sunday 20 March 9.30 to 5.00.

Advance tickets cost £12 for adults and £11 for Seniors


Print schedule here.

  • Expert tutors
  • All materials and patterns included
  • Take your make home with you
  • Book on Stand P15 (Workshops in W38)
  • One hour workshops £5.00 per person

11.00 – 12.00 Crochet Flower Brooch

Create a vintage inspired flower brooch
Use a variety of basic crochet stitches
Suitable for those who are familiar with beginner crochet
This workshop is the perfect next step in learning to crochet something pretty

Crochet pansy workshop

12.15 – 1.15 Fabric Flower Corsage Workshop

Hand stitch a pretty floral corsage
Fold fabric into an intricate floral design
Finish with a bright button and brooch back Suitable for anyone who can thread a needle

Hand sewn origami style flower with button

2.00 – 3.00 Patchwork Pumpkin Pincushion

Hand stitch a useful pin cushion
Mix and match fabrics
Be amazed at what you can create with a fat quarter
Suitable for anyone who can thread a needle

Pincushion design by Esme Clemo

3.30 – 4.30 Arm Knit A Snood Using Boodles yarn

Learn to knit without needles
Use your arms to make an entire snood
Suitable for everyone – no knitting experience required

Freddie Patmore shows off snood

Stitching, Sewing & Quilting Show at the SECC in Glasgow

Are you planning to come along to the Stitching, Sewing & Quilting Show at the SECC in Glasgow on 3, 4, 5, or 6 March? If so, then there are some great workshops brought to you by The Craft Network.

The Craft Network will be running 4 taster classes per day; the workshops cost £8 per person and all materials and patterns are included in the price.

To book visit stand B15 – (bookings can only be taken at the show).

11.30 -12.20 Brioche Knitting Workshop £8

Learn this modern knitting technique with our expert tutors. Create a rich double-sided fabric which can be modified to produce reversed three-dimensional vertical stripes. Suitable for knitters who already know the basics, needles and yarn included.


12.40 – 1.30 Crochet Flower Brooch Workshop £8

Pick from a bunch of flower patterns and create an elegant, floral brooch using a variety of basic crochet stitches. Suitable for those who are already familiar with beginner crochet techniques, this course is a perfect next step in learning to crochet something pretty. Yarn and brooch back are included in this course so you can finish your chosen brooch.

4 crochet flowers

1.50 – 2.40 Fabric Embroidery Brooch Workshop with Helen McKenna £8

Choose from 1950s Bark cloth, Harris Tweed, Emma Bridgewater fabric, vintage inspired, embellished or constructed fabric. The background will be hand embroidered using beautiful Madeira Lana threads before being made into a unique brooch. Suitable for beginners with some stitching knowledge

Brooch embroidery workshop

3.00 – 3.50 Making Miniature Books Workshop with Wendy Cotterill £8

This session will introduce book binding techniques that can be employed to make a very simple, small (or even smaller!) book. An explanation and demonstration will be given on how to cut and assemble the inserted pages and you will be able to bind the pages and the end boards together.

All the materials will be supplied including pre-cut and stitched signatures, end boards ready to cover, paper covering, wet glue and simple decorations to apply for the finishing touches.

Knowledge gained in this workshop will allow you make larger books of your own creation as the techniques are the same.

The photograph is only an indication of the kind book that can be made and individual books will vary.

Miniature books workshop

For more information and ticket prices for The Stitching, Sewing & Quilting Show at the SECC, take a look at:

Once you have paid your entry to the show, come and find us on stand B15 and book onto one of these expert led workshops.