Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch at the NEC 24th - 27th March stand L18

Well it's nearly here, the biggest show of the year for me - Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch/Sewing for Pleasure/Hobbycrafts. 3 shows in 1 - you will need 2 days to get around it!
I will be part of Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch along with many fantastic textiles artists and tutors and some superb exhibitions. The fashion shows will be even more exciting this year with some stunning work from students across the country - you won't believe your eyes!

I will be on stand L18 opposite FibreFusion and hope to be on my stand for most of the day demonstrating and showing you how to heat and colour metal with a heat gun and layer it up with Vilene Spunbond. I am also organising the Vilene Workshop on stand Y02. I am very pleased to have some of the top textile tutors offering free short workshops everyday of the show.

 my new heat gun is powerful enough to colour metal- FANTASTIC!
 I will have plenty of the 7 colour packs of Vilene Spunbond CS500

 last year I ran out of Solufleece on the second day of the show, I hope to have enough for everyone this year!

 These workshops are free of charge, with places for a maximum of 10 participants at a time, booked on a first-come first-served basis, so please book your space with the relevant tutor on their stand to avoid disappointment.

The Workshop areas are situated in Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch, end of aisle K.
 10.00              SCRUMPTIOUS SPUNBOUND
with Kim Thittichai
(Book your place with Kim on stand L18)

Come and discover the versatility of Vilene Spunbond and Bondaweb, learn how to colour and distress these wonderful products. Experiment with different weights of Vilene Spunbond and heat tools to layer up a fascinating sample to take with you.

11.15               FOLDED POCKET BOOKS
with Lynda Monk
(Book your place with Lynda on stand P24)

The pages of these origami style folded pocket books are created from Vilene Spunbond CS700. The books will hold three signatures with each one folded from a single sheet of the prepared fabric, creating a pocket on each side of the page – ideal for holding ATC’s or other small ephemera. The outer cover is made from heavier Vilene Spunbond CS800, which can be further embellished with metal shim, threads and beads.

with Angie Hughes
(Book you place with Angie on stand L03)

Angie has developed this workshop to show you how to use transfoils with Bondaweb on black cotton velvet. Taking simple land or seascapes as a theme she will show you how to use this technique to make a twinkling surface for stitch.

with Bobby Britnell
(Book your place with Bobby on stand M01)

This workshop explores some of the methods that Bobby uses in her own work and focuses on ways of combining mixed media techniques using Bondaweb. Monoprinting will be used as an immediate way of generating linear marks onto the surface, which will then be embellished with bonded shapes and painted Bondaweb.

15.00              ENHANCING THE SURFACE
with Wendy Cotterill
(Book your place with Wendy on stand K32)

Evolon is one of the most recent of the spunbonded fabrics, which not only creates endless possibilities for the experimental textiles artist but also lends itself to traditional sewing and embroidery applications. This workshop focuses on applying colour using a resist technique with foam stamps & dye-based sprays.
Additional surface texture can be created using a soldering iron.

I think you can see we are going to have a very busy and very exciting show. If you do come to the show, come and say Hello! If I am not on my stand I will setting up The Vilene Workshop ready for the next tutor and wont be long. 

I'm now going to spend the day painting Bondweb ready for my workshops . . . 


Jill - there will be hugs instead of waves! x


  1. Can't wait for a hug, much better than a wave. I've been painting newspaper & bondaweb to try a Kim special. xx


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