Fashion & Embroidery

25-28 June 2020 · NEC · Birmingham

Open 9.30am-5.00pm (4.30pm Sunday)

Co-Located with Sewing for Pleasure and The Creative Craft Show.
Buy 1 ticket and gain access to all 3 shows.

Fashion & Embroidery is the definitive showcase for anyone passionate about embroidery and textile art. Find a wealth of exciting materials, threads and embellishments all under one roof, and enjoy an array of astounding exhibitions. Learn about courses, take part in a workshop; pick up tips from one of the many textile artists or take your seat for one of our exciting catwalk shows.

Buy Tickets

1 Day Pass 2 Day Pass 3 Day Pass 4 Day Pass
Adult £14.00 £22.00 £27.00 £32.00
Senior £13.00 £20.00 £25.00 £30.00

At the show

Brand New: Textile Graduate Showcase

This gallery showcases brilliant young talent emerging from our universities, as they challenge traditional ideas and draw inspiration from the world around them. These graduates offer an exciting glimpse of the future of textiles! Scroll to the bottom to see a description of each student’s work.


VIP Returns!

Includes: Fast Track entry | Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!) | VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks | A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon | Complimentary show guide | Exclusive mini make & take programme | VIP passes £35 per day. Upgrade when booking a ticket. 

Exclusive VIP Make & Takes

The Sewing Stage

The Sewing Stage is an exciting new demonstration area for stitching techniques. Visit to discover the best products around, and see leading textile experts share their knowledge, tips and hints. Brought to you in association with Madeira, Janome and Barnyarns.


Maria Thomas

Maria’s textile work incorporates everyday objects that have a specific association or meaning to her. Items are carefully sourced, cut out and stitched, before being woven into the fabric using patchwork and quilting techniques. By shaping these memories and experiences into her own visual language, Maria lets her work serve as a response to the events of her daily life. Maria is available for workshops and talks, and offers City & Guilds qualifications in textiles and embroidery.

Dionne Swift

Dionne is an internationally renowned textile artist and tutor, currently focusing on drawing and free machine embroidery. Working between Italy and the UK, she takes inspiration from her environment to create dynamic artworks. During this week, Dionne sets up studio to showcase the development of new work.

Amanda Hislop

Observation, imagination and inspiration inform Amanda’s evocative response to land, sea, sky and trees. She delivers calm, creative workshops that reflect her working practice, which combines paint, paper, drawing, fabric and stitch.

Rachel Warrillow

Rachel specialises in creating beautiful hats and fascinators for special occasions. She produces exclusive designs for worldwide customers, fashion shows and photo shoots. Rachel loves to share her skill and enthusiasm for millinery, as well as the material she excels in: sinamay.

Jessica Grady

Jessica is a mixed media embroidery artist who uses recycled and waste materials. Her colourful sculptures and wall pieces combine 3D techniques, handcrafted embellishments and decorative stitches. She teaches workshops across the UK in schools, universities and private groups.

Leah Higgins

Take a workshop with print maker and textile artist Leah Higgins, or one of her guest tutors. Leah lives and works in Manchester, and is inspired by the way man-made structures influence and shape our landscapes.

Lynda Monk

Lynda is a mixed-media textile artist, tutor and author of four books. She also offers workshops and talks. On her stand at the show she will be demonstrating some of her latest techniques.


Nolitex is a group of textile and mixed media artists. ‘Rooted in the Wood’ is a new exhibition showing members’ individual responses to their experiences of walking in the woods. Nature, nurture, roots and leaves; transforming the landscape and ourselves.

HOME from the Embroiderers Guild

What does “HOME” mean to you? Is it the place you return to at the end of each day? A sanctuary of respite away from the busy world outside? A place where family gathers around the dinner table and shares talk of the day? See how Embroiderers’ Guild members have stitched the special memories they have of “HOME”.

Textile Talks Programme

An exciting FREE programme of talks and presentations on a variety of textile topics – no need to pre-book, just turn up and take a seat.

The Lecture Theatre is situated at the back of the hall in aisle P.

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Royal School of Needlework

The RSN offers a range of courses for beginners, through to advanced, in the art of hand embroidery. Students can study day classes, Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery, BA (Hons), or the RSN’s Future Tutors Programme.

Bristol School of Sewing & Textiles

The Bristol School of Sewing & Textiles covers of all aspects of sewing, textiles, needlework and creative art projects, through a range of workshops for ages seven and upwards. They also run City & Guilds courses in theatre costume and fashion.

IDC/Brenda Killigrew Sewing Studio

The Inkberrow Design Centre is an independent college for City & Guilds (all levels) in pattern cutting and tailoring. For our recreational sewing workshops, you can also visit the new Brenda Killigrew Studio. We now have an educational area for our Janome sewing machines, and much more in fabric and haberdashery.

Stratford-upon-Avon College

Stratford-upon-Avon College’s Fashion & Textiles programme combines practical and theoretical subjects, which develop an understanding of design practices and techniques, business methods employed in the creative sector, and practical production.

The Embroiderers’ Guild

The Guild welcomes everyone with an interest in embroidery and is proud to be recognised as a voice for raising the profile of textile and stitched art. It holds a historical collection, aids research, supports students, and publishes ‘Stitch’ and ‘Embroidery’ magazines.

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles – Region 11

The Quilters’ Guild is a voluntary organisation open to everyone interested in patchwork and quilting. It consists of 17 regions promoting patchwork across the UK. As an educational charity, it preserves the heritage of quilting and works to ensure its future.

Granary Studio

The Granary Studio offers a broad range of classes, taught by (currently) thirteen different tutors. The studio is in Owslebury, near to historic Winchester and in the South Downs National Park. Small inspirational classes with experienced tutors are their speciality! 

Kathleen Laurel Sage

Kathleen uses her renowned organza layering technique to produce brightly coloured hangings and fashion accessories to capture your imagination. Her work features machine embroidery, reverse appliqué and the use of her trusty soldering iron.

Claire Muir

Come and see Claire demonstrating free motion embroidery on her stand. A Madeira Threads ambassador and Denman tutor, Claire will have her embroidered flowers, fascinators and other work on display. Claire is based in Birmingham.

Wendy Dolan

Wendy is a Sussex based textile artist and tutor. Inspired by the landscape, natural forms, and architecture, she combines techniques to create richly textured surfaces. Author of Layer, Paint and Stitch, Wendy offers courses and lectures to groups and organisations.

Bex Raven

Award-wining textile artist and costume designer Bex Raven, the ‘Queen of Rust’, believes unleashing our inner creativity is the route to happiness. Her work is vibrant and, above all, fun. From textile collage to teaser corsets, Bex has it all.

Stitch Together Studio

Textile tutor Maria Thomas and the Stitch Together Studio present ‘A Group Gathering’ – a display of mixed media embroidered textile art. Works include individual and collaborative pieces.

Toc H Banners

To celebrate 100 years of being a charity in this country, the National Needlework Archive has conserved over twenty of the extensive collection of Toc H banners so that they can go on tour with the Toc H organisation celebratory events. See a selection of these beautifully restored pieces on display at Fashion & Embroidery. 

Stacey Chapman – Art Sea Craft Sea

Stacey Chapman – Art Sea Craft Sea – creates vintage Hollywood inspired, textile fashion illustrations that utilise upcycled fabrics, and feature simplified portraits. Visit her stand to see Chapman create the stylised look of old-style glamour with fabric, pens and thread!

Contemporary Quilt – In Print

Members of Contemporary Quilt were challenged to create work inspired by the words ‘In Print’. Their interpretations range from the physical to the spiritual, and from local issues close to global ones. They demonstrate the wide variety of techniques and styles presented in contemporary quilt making today. We hope visitors to this exhibition will derive as much enjoyment from seeing the selection as members had making them.

Madeira Competition 2020 – Glimpses of the Islands

This year we are challenging you to create an embroidered piece inspired by islands of the world. From the Seychelles to Santorini, the Caribbean to Capri, or places closer to home, islands often conjure up an image of our own personal paradise. Whatever that looks like for you – whether it’s sublime beaches, luxuriant jungles, exotic wildlife, or vibrant cultures – we want to see your Glimpses of the Islands. Enter your own beautifully embroidered piece for a chance to WIN the coveted Madeira Rose Bowl trophy, as well as one of our fabulous prizes.

Student Competition: In the Footsteps of Dior

The theme for this year’s Schools Competition is ‘In the Footsteps of Dior’. Taking inspiration from Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams – the V&A’s most successful exhibition ever! – students have researched the House of Dior and will present their application to take over the helm from Maria Grazi Chiuri as the current Creative Director of Dior! Judging takes place on Friday 20th March.

Slow Stitch Café

Are you a lover of all things vintage? Do you enjoy slow stitching? If so, Lorna Bateman’s Slow Stitch Café is the place to be! Here you will learn how to create beautiful floral designs, based on Lorna’s latest book, Embroidered Country Gardens, published by Search Press.

Receive a ‘Take a Moment’ kit to work on during the show, and get exclusive access to this select seated area throughout the day. Come and go as you please!

Creativity on the Catwalk

See innovative student creations paraded in our daily catwalk shows in Fashion & Embroidery, along with exciting collections from exhibitors. Friday lunchtime, our catwalk hosts the final of this year’s Student Fashion Design Competition: In the Footsteps of Dior!

RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Anna Faith Holmes

With a degree in hand embroidery, Anna is a designer maker. She focuses on creating textural, wearable fashion and accessories, using embroidery and print. The inspiration for her body of work was the juxtaposition of London, and the West Sussex landscapes where she grew up.

RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Eleanor Alice Latham

Personal stories and photographs directly influence Eleanor Latham‘s work, as she uses hand embroidery to celebrate, commemorate and remember her family members. She specialises in goldwork, which she reworks in different styles, with her signature being hand embroidered picture frames.

RSN BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery Graduate: Jonel Van Schalkwyk

Jonel pushes the boundaries of what nature can be, by supersizing plants and flowers and using bold, playful colour palettes in her characteristic illustrative, painterly style. Surface design and experimental approaches to embroidered embellishment create enchanting worlds for interiors.

Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Tabitha Buckley

Tabitha is a designer based in Sussex, specialising in bespoke brass jewellery and textile adornments. As a recent graduate from Falmouth University in Textile Design, her collection takes direct inspiration from the rugged Cornish landscape of Kynance Cove and Bodmin Moor.

Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Elle Foreman

One of a kind and sustainably embroidered, hand printed and painted designs for the home, Elle Foreman’s work demonstrates how items often defined as waste can be transformed through the process of upcycling. Her pieces are fuelled by the incomplete and damaged, and feature expressive mark making.

Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Elli Bignell

Elli is an embellishment and embroidery designer focusing on creating new and innovative collections for fashion and accessories. She combines digital embroidery and laser cutting with 3D hand embellishment skills, which she then translates into intricate and complex digital embroidery and hand embellishment.

Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Alex Vincent Turner

Alex recently graduated with a first class degree in Textile Design from Nottingham Trent University. His graduate collection, Pansy, explores concepts of masculinity and answers the need to embrace the “feminine” side of menswear. In part inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement, his work is a response to fast fashion and embracing slow textile techniques.

Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate: Libbertine Vale

Libbertine’s free motion embroidered work makes people laugh, cry, and confide, as they seek to unite and increase their understanding. This year Libbertine is showing her latest work, ‘There is no place like home’, which combines 3D embroidery with light.

VIP Tickets

A VIP Ticket includes:


Fast Track entry

Exclusive make & take programme (stay tuned for details!)

Exclusive use of the Shop and Drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

VIP lounge area with unlimited hot and cold drinks

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon

Complimentary show guide

VIP passes £35 per day.

Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 once online VIP tickets are on sale (£6 tickets include shop & drop & drinks only). If you have already purchased a ticket and wish to upgrade for £25 please go to the ticket desk on arrival at the show.


Make & Takes

Get hands-on at a Make & Take or workshop and create your own crafty masterpiece! There’s a wide range of creative crafts to try.

Book at the show – visit the stand number of the workshop you wish to book.


Stalls & Shopping

Stalls & Shopping

Browse aisle and aisles of stalls and stands packed with brand-new crafting innovations, classic tools and products and accessories in every colour of the rainbow!

With experts manning each stall – you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need!



Getting There

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

NEC, Birmingham · B40 1NT

The NEC is at the heart of the UK’s transport network. CLICK HERE for road, rail, bus and flight directions.

By Rail:
Birmingham International Station is within the NEC complex and gives easy access to the show.

Discount travel with Avanti West Coast. Exhibitors and visitors can take advantage of discounted train travel to the show. The offer is applicable on advance Avanti West Coast main line routes/tickets only. Advance tickets go on sale 12 weeks from the dates of travel.

What is the offer?
Simply book your journey to the NEC using the link below and the 20% discount will be automatically applied to your booking:

What do I need to do to validate my ticket?
You need to make sure that you have confirmation that you are attending an event at the NEC with you when
you are travelling (as the conductor may ask you for this on the train). So, please make sure you have your
exhibitor/visitor passes or email confirmation with you.

By Car:
The NEC is situated 8 miles east of Birmingham city centre, just off junction 6 of the M42 and is clearly signposted.

Daily car park charges apply. Pre-pay for parking and save on daily rates HERE.


Resorts World Birmingham offers the perfect opportunity for exhibitors or visitors to relax after a day at the show with restaurants, shops and spa available within the complex.



VIP Tickets!

You can now upgrade your day with our extra special VIP Tickets!


A VIP Ticket includes:

Free prize for the first 200 ticket holders

Fast Track entry

Free Mini Make & Takes

Exclusive use of the shop and drop area (no need to carry round heavy bags!)

Unlimited tea and coffee

A pastry in the morning and a cake in the afternoon!

Our VIP passes are just £35, you will be prompted to upgrade when you buy a normal ticket. We can’t wait to see you there!

Children under 16 are welcome into the VIP area with a ticket. If you do not wish to buy a full price ticket, you can buy a child or carer access ticket for £6 by calling 01425 277 988 (£6 tickets don’t allow access to the Make and Takes or complimentary food). 


Free Mini Make & Takes

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