CHSI Stitches Trade Show 2019

 

CHSI stitches trade show

CHSI stitches trade show

The CHSI Stitches trade show 2019 took place at the NEC in Birmingham last week.  If you haven’t heard of it before it’s because the show is for trade only.  This show lets all the suppliers within the sewing and knitting industry showcase their wares.  I always find many suppliers that I haven’t seen before and have a great time seeing all the new fabric ranges which will be available during the coming year.

This delightful knitted ram was penned in on a wool stall showcasing some gorgeous wools and knitting accessories.




Fabric Freedom

Fabric Freedom stall

Fabric Freedom stall

Obviously my old friends Fabric Freedom were there with some lovely new fabric ranges.

I buy a lot of quilting fabrics from them and they always have pretty quilts on display.  The difference this year was that they also displayed cushions and dresses made with their other fabrics.  I looked at some girls’ dresses made with lawn fabric and thought how much I needed that fabric!

Tapestry fabric

Tapestry fabric

I could also say the same for the tapestry fabrics used in the cushions that they displayed.  These are new to me, but I noticed them on other stalls as well.

I’ve bought several of these cushion fabrics in both tapestry and canvas and they’ll be for sale in my shop very shortly.  The cushions will be available on my craft stalls as soon as I can make them.

Catwalk display

Catwalk display

On the catwalk

Another way of persuading traders to buy products is to showcase them in projects.  For this purpose there was a lovely fashion show with half a dozen lovely models wearing knitted products.  Both the colours and the items themselves were lovely.  I really must work on my knitting skills!

Knitted giraffe

Knitted giraffe

This giraffe wasn’t exactly strutting the catwalk, but he certainly caught my attention.  He was made in that very thick knobbly wool which I’m sure knits up very quickly.

Enormous crab

Enormous crab

One final photo of an enormous project.  I think he’s a crab, but you can see how large he is compared with the people standing near him.  Definitely another attention grabber.

All in all CHSI Stitches trade show 2019 was another great experience. It certainly achieved its object of persuading me to buy far more fabrics than I really need.

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