Our Story

From humble beginnings...

From humble beginnings…
Established in 1995 The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show was born of the back of the success of The Alexandra Palace Knitting & Stitching Show. The premise was simple we wanted to create an unrivalled craft experience – a place where like-minded crafters could meet up, discuss ideas, learn new skills and shop for their annual craft supplies.

Fast forward to 2020 and the show was re-branded as The Stitch Festival. A fresh new look and a brand new decade.

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The Stitch Festival experience

The Stitch Festival champions creativity with hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, drop-in areas, fashion exhibitions, textile installations, as well as our most loved exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your yarn stash, learning to knit, mastering the art of tailoring and more. There has never been a better excuse to get involved in craft!

The Stitch Festival offer a craft experience like no other, where crafting newbies and veteran artists join together to learn about textiles and share their experiences. The opportunities to learn new skills are vast; the show features a workshop program of over 240 classes taught be leading textile tutors, there is a dedicated Dressmaking Studio catering for beginners to professionals, a Stitch Stage where the nation’s best and most loved crafters present textile demos and talks.

The show also has some of the most amazing fashion and textile exhibitions including a collection of Fashion designer and Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young’s costumes for films, a needlework gallery from Olga Prinku and an interactive display from the UK’s favourite craft magazine Mollie Makes.

The Stitch Festival welcomes exhibitors from all corners of the world selling specialist craft supplies creating an unrivaled shopping experience.

Never stop Creating

We understand the importance of bringing something new to the craft market and The Stitch Festival promises to be an unmissable immersive experience of creativity.

Core Values

At it’s core The Stitch Festival is a creative haven for like-minded crafter’s to come together and share their passion for craft.
Come, learn and be inspired!

Katie Jones. crochet artist