At The Stitch Festival, visitors were inspired by textile displays and installations from some of the world’s best artists and fashion designers. Click on each of the artists below to learn more about the textile displays that they showcased at The Stitch Festival!

Lisa Comfort, Sew Over It

Jo Avery
Modern Crewel Embroidery

TOFT celebrates women who made history

Great British Quilter 'Hope' Mini Quilt Challenge

Emma Congdon,

The Dressmaking Competition gallery and catwalk

Sew Over It

Sew Over It are all about stylish sewing patterns, gorgeous fabrics, easy-to-follow classes and expert advice to help you learn to sew one make at a time.  

Launched by Lisa Comfort 10 years ago, the Sew Over It mission is simple. They aim to inspire and teach as many people as possible to learn to sew and join their community. Sewing is fun, sustainable and rewarding – there’s nothing like the joy of making something yourself. Sew Over It want to help you create a capsule wardrobe of timeless handmade classics that you’ll wear again and again and they celebrate women of all shapes and sizes and embrace diversity. 

At The Stitch Festival in 2022 you’ll find an inspiring display of some of Sew Over It’s archive of made-up dress patterns, a stand to view their stylish sewing patterns, find out about the Sew Over It Stitch School and meet Lisa Comfort and other sewing experts! 


Jo Avery – Modern Crewel Embroidery

Jo Avery has reinvented traditional crewel work for the 21st century with her vibrant graphic designs. The word ‘crewel’ means embroidery using wool and in this exhibition Jo explores how wool can be both an aesthetic and sustainable material with much to offer the modern embroiderer. Using projects from her book Modern Crewel Embroidery as a starting point Jo has created a range of hoops inspired by nature, doodles, and her other great love, patchwork and quilting. Alongside the hoops she has used her wool embroidery to embellish pillows, pouches, pots, pincushions and even a belt. This exhibition will leave you visually stimulated and itching to get stitching yourself! 

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TOFT presents crocheted dolls to celebrate Women Who Made History

TOFT proudly presents the ‘Making Women who Made History’ project, a series of crocheted dolls celebrating inspirational women. 

In March 2020 TOFT introduced the first design, Emmeline Pankhurst, in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year TOFT is pleased to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th with a showcase of these designs at the Stitch Festival. 

With this ongoing crochet project we celebrate the remarkable women who changed our world for the better. From artists to environmentalists, scientists to authors, aviators and activists, we travel through time exploring the rich history of talented and brave women.


Great British Quilter 'Hope' Mini Quilt Challenge

“Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all the darkness” – Desmond Tutu

The Hope Mini Quilt Challenge gave quilters the opportunity to create a small mini quilt, representing the theme of hope in any way they chose. Fifty mini quilts were shortlisted with one quilt selected as the ultimate winner and you can see all selected pieces displayed at The Stitch Festival.

The global pandemic has been a challenge for us all and yet hope is the one thing that we cling onto as we look to a brighter future. With minimal constraints, the challenge provided the opportunity to unleash quilters’ creativity and to experiment with new techniques, colours and skills.

The judges of the challenge included Sarah Ashford, Jo Avery, Karen Lewis, Lynne Goldsworthy, Leisa Morris and Chris English. 10% of the submission fee was donated to NHS Charities Together.

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Emma Congdon @ Stitchrovia

Emma Congdon, known in the cross stitching world as @stitchrovia, is a UK based designer and author whose cross stitch offers a modern twist. Emma will be showing a collection of her designs at the Stitch Festival, including many from her second book Cross Stitch for the Earth. With inspiring and motivational slogans about saving the planet, Emma’s work combines her love of stitching with her love of the planet. Meet the author, see these amazing contemporary designs and get stitching!

All Good Things are Wild and Free. Design by Emma Congdon, photo by Jason Jenkins (1)