Here is a list of traders who were at the 2017 show.
If you know of a high quality trader which you would like to see at our shows, please let us know.
Luxury British yarns, and accessories with exclusive knitting and crochet patterns. Home of the Edward’s Menagerie crochet collection.
CJ Beaders, The New Forest Bead Shop
Based on the edge of the New Forest, CJBeaders supply over 16,000 items for Bead Jewellery Making!
Set up in 2007, we are a family business; Claire and Jane, ( the C and J in CJ Beaders) both work full time for us, whilst her Brothers, their partners and Claire’s Dad help out at some of the bigger, busier shows that we attend throughout the year.
Our website is easy to use and we offer free postage over £35.00. Order before 3pm for same day dispatch. We have a huge range of Miyuki, Czech and other Glass Beads, Findings, Tools, Threads, Lamps and Storage. If you can’t see what you want, please email or call us and we will do our best to source it for you. With deliveries once a week from quality American and Canadian Suppliers, we can quickly get any product that we do not yet stock.
Or, if you’re in the area, pop in to our Sales area; open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30-4.30pm. We also run regular Saturday ‘Open Days’ throughout the year. Come and see us at one of the 15 or so shows around the country- see dates and venues on our website.
Needlework accessories to stitch in canvaswork using lovely colour combinations in silks and stranded cottons, richly-hued crewel embroidery, upholstered embroidery frames, hand-turned wooden sewing tools and trinkets.
Hellyer & Hulme
Anne Hellyer: www.paintingthetown.org.uk
I love paint and I love textiles and I combine the two in my work. I hand paint all the fabric I use and then print the finer details, and embellish with machine stitch. My love of buildings made these a natural choice of subject for my work.
Alison Hulme: www.alisonhulmetextiles.wordpress.com
I screen print all my fabric and each length of fabric is just enough for one pinny, making each one unique, no two are the same. I also make beautiful capacious bags using the same technique.
At Doodlestop we make innovative tools for fibre artists such as knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, dyers and felters.
We design and make nearly everything ourselves from our home in rural Cambridgeshire, and pride ourselves on finding solutions to problems.
Some of our favourite products are:
Our adjustable sock blockers mean that you can block handmade socks to exactly the right size, and our hugely popular project journals for knitting, crochet, spinning, dyeing and weaving. We also have a range of swifts and yarn dispensers, drop spindles and wpi gauges, and all manner of tools and gifts.
Passionate about ethnic designs, colours and patterns, I work with African fabrics to create original pictures, necklaces, earrings, bags, scarves…
Learn it Stitch it
Learn it stitch it runs day and weekly courses in Dressmaking, quilting and soft fernishings.
The stall will be for information mostly with a few artifacts for sale.
The Common Thread
The Common Thread carries the range of beautiful designer embroidery kits by Tanya Haines. We also stock hand dyed silk ribbons, the full range of the hand dyed Chameleon Threads, as well as mother of pearl accessories and other haberdashery items.
Our embroidery kits include designs for the beginner in the “Sample of Stitches” Collection, as well as designs for the more experienced embroiderer who is looking for a more challenging project.
We provide wool for spinning, needle and wet felting from over 20 breeds of sheep, the majority of them British. We also supply, books, dyes, spinning wheels, looms, spindles and wet felting tools in addition to a wide range of dyed Merino tops.
Muto-Falcon Support Services
We work with seized counterfeit clothes from Leicestershire Trading Standards to creatively upcycle and remove all original branding. We teach people who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness how to upcycle clothing and all proceeds go back to Falcon Support Services. Our workshops run from a converted library bus ( the ex Cath Kidston tour bus).
Sock yarns rock!! We’ll be bringing a wide range of lovely sock yarns and lots of sample projects to show that sock yarns are not just for socks but also make fantastic shawls, jackets, cushions and blankets. Choose your own shades or grab one of our knitting and crochet kits which include everything you need to get started.
art Van Go
Inspirational materials for textile artists – dyes, paints, papers, fabrics, tools, equipment, books……
Mail Order, Online Shop, Mobile Shop, Bricks & Mortar Shop, Workshops, Exhibitions
Door to the Himalayas
‘Door to the Himalayas’ specialises in selection at source of the finest pure pashmina from Srinagar, Kashmir. Each piece is individually hand embroidered by the incredibly skilled Master Craftsmen of Kashmir.
In addition working with women’s stitch- a- living groups across the Himalayas to help build sustainable livelihoods through skills development and providing a route to market for the ladies hand crafted products.
The Old Bookshop
I sell out of print and second hand books on Fashion, Textiles and associated subjects. At my shop in Enfield I hold a stock of around 20.000 volumes. Please contact me if you would like to arrange a visit.
The Laughing Cactus
The Laughing Cactus printmaking studio offers workshops in relief and intaglio printmaking techniques as well as bookmaking arts. Soon to be expanding to No.56 High Street, Kibworth, Leicester, LE8 0HQ, the studio will be housed amongst a cafe, shop and workshop space.
TLC product collection includes handprinted fat quarters, tote bags, hand-bound books, limited edition prints and carefully curated art stationery.
Leicestershire Craft Centre
Leicestershire Craft Centre offers the largest range of art and craft courses in the county. Celebrating its 5th year this year, the Craft Centre also sells a wide range of craft kits, haberdashery, fabrics and dressmaking patterns.
Millholme Parc Farm
I am a sheep farmer who is passionate about the versatility of sheep and wishes to ensure that her sheep are used for their many aspects. I keep 9 different breeds, many for their fleeces, but I also keep Zwartble’s as they are milking sheep and also some for their meat quality.
This interest has led to my business diversifying and I now sell my fleeces direct to crafters. I have some processed into wool, which I use to make bespoke clothing items, this I also link with my love of needle-felting. I use needle felting to produce sculptures and pictures. I now also run regular classes in needle-felting.
Taking inspiration from mid 20th century design, Random Makes produce a range of functional and decorative accessories, all incorporating a mix of vintage and contemporary fabrics. Graphic appliqué and free-hand machine embroidery is used to adorn bags and purses, sewing themed brooches and badges, men’s scarves and aprons, as well as framed artworks. Please also look out for our colourful cushions and lampshades, all available from our outside stall, next to the grey Citroen H van.
The Silk Route
Luscious silks in beautiful colours Online shopping with fast mail-order, Trading for 25 years.
We are a well established business selling fabrics since the early 1970’s
We have a fantastic Range of PVC table coverings + Beatrix potter Crafting Cottons 54″ Christmas cotton, Anti pil Fleece and much much more…
At Crafty Sew&So, we aim to help and encourage everyone we meet to sew themselves happy!
We have a lovely sewing shop and workshop space in the centre of Leicester and fill our shop with all the fabulous sewing tools, patterns, machines, equipment and materials we love. We provide much more than just sewing supplies, we advise new sewers on the best dressmaking projects to build their confidence and we source specific tools to make even the most fiddly of jobs a breeze. We host fun and informative workshops along with celebration parties, hen dos and other special sewing themed events.
We are looking forward to bringing the essence of our shop to the Big Textile Show with exciting workshops and product demos, offers and inspiration for all!
We have a gorgeous range of fabrics for patchwork, craft and dressmaking. At the show, we will have a wide selection from our collections including Oakshott, Dashwood Studio, Lewis & Irene and Moda. We are also a Bernina agent and will be able to take orders at special show prices.
A colourful and exciting array of textiles for the maker, collector and enthusiast.
Hand-dyed fabrics, silks, cottons, amazing buttons and metal charms. Unique Scruffy Bird kits and my new Kantha Jacket kits. Also some unusual unique one -off clothing for the artist in you !
We are a local yarn shop selling major brands and many of our own crochet and knitting kits. Pop by and see us at the Big Textile Show looking forward to seeing you.
Bobbins and Buttons
Bobbins and Buttons offers local sewing classes and an online selection of good quality dressmaking and craft fabrics including many designer brands – Dashwood studio, Robert Kaufman, Sevenberry, Alexander Henry, Lady McElroy as well as high quality jersey fabrics, knitted ribs, linen and much more.
Hannah’s Room are the UK’s batik specialists. With hundreds of quality batik fabrics to chose from, we can make your next project something to be really proud of.
The Arty Crafty Place
Handcarved Indian printing blocks, fabric paints and blank fabric items.
We are working on a fair trade basis with the wood carving artists in rural India to produce traditional Indian and contemporary style printing blocks which you can use to create beautiful hand printed fabrics.
We will be demonstrating on our stand all weekend.
The Wire Lady
My sculptural wirework is something that has evolved and developed through creative experimentation, the technique is neither crochet or knit but a way of working with the wire that I have made my own.
When I begin a piece I am not quite sure which way the wire is going to take me, shapes evolve and no two pieces are ever the same.
21st Century Yarns
Beautiful hand-dyed Silks, Cottons, Wools, Fabrics and designer packs in a wonderful array of colours and textures for all creative textile art.
Grey Wren Studio
Selling: Needle Felted Fox Kit
This kit contains everything you will need to make two Grey Wren Studio needle felted foxes.
I’ve kept this design simple so you can finish it and be proud of your sweet foxes.
The booklet includes step by step instructions with colour photos to guide you along.
The perfect gift:
This is the ideal gift to give to someone who wants to start crafting, or wants an all-in-one project to bring out their creative side.
Give them for Christmas, birthday, any occasion, and everything is included in a handy box.
Or why not try making them yourself to give away as sweet handmade gifts.
Stitchbooks are beautiful handmade photographic fabric books made using a mixture of scrapbooking and textile techniques. They are based on the use of Photo Transfer Paper, which allows you to add digital images to fabric in a high-quality and hard wearing way. I will be introducing this new craft with examples of my own Stitchbooks and have kits for you to make your own.
The Denim Company
The Denim Company specialises in unique printed and plain denim fabrics, used for dressmaking, soft furnishings and patchworking.
We stock beautiful buttons, haberdashery and patterns to compliment our range and pride ourselves in helping you choose the right fabrics to make successful, individual products.
Hand dyed lace and trims plus vintage themed kits.
The Sewing Cafe
A social sewing emporium, jam packed full of beautiful fabrics for quilting, crafting and dressmaking, plus lots of little treats in the way of trimmings and pretty things. We’ll also be bringing along a whole host of kits and inspiration to give you great projects to take on at home.
Kits for you to enjoy creating your own Teddy Bear using natural products from our flock of rare breed sheep.
We also have Fleeces and Tops for spinners and felters