Quilt & Stitch Village

Quilt & Stitch Village

I’ve just taken part in my first show after two years of Covid restrictions and it felt great to be back to normal! The event was the British Quilt & Stitch Village, an annual 3 day textile show held at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire.

It was my first time exhibiting at Uttoxeter and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would visitor numbers be low? Most ladies attending shows like this are of a certain age (me included!) and I know some still have concerns about mixing in large groups. This is predominantly a quilt show, would there be enough interest in feltmaking or would the majority walk straight passed? I was manning my stall alone…. would the neighbouring stall holders be too busy to relieve me when I needed a loo break? I needn’t have worried, when the doors opened at 10am the visitors flooded in and it turned out to be three very “full on” days! These are a few of the items I had on show……

I’ve recently made these collars, narrower than previous designs, with a roll edge trimmed in a contrasting colour.
For me the main aim of being at the show was to advertise my workshops and this is a new workshop sample for a Wallhanging class exploring different 3D techniques.

My pitch was next to Project Linus, a charitable organisation that provides quilts and blankets for children in need. Their aims are to “Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” And to “provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

Project Linus always attracts a lot of interest and the two lovely ladies on that stand were swamped with visitors for the three days! Somehow they still managed to cover for me when I needed a comfort break which was really appreciated!

I didn’t get much chance to visit other stands but when Jane (Wylde Oak Artistry) came over to say hello and told me she was working with Spun-bond fabrics I had to go see her work. I loved her masks and corsets, made on the theme of body dysmorphia, and came away feeling that there is so much more I could be doing with Lutradur!

Another stand I particularly enjoyed was “Traverse”, a group of exhibiting textile and mixed media artists. Apologies for not getting close ups of their work…….it’s worth following the link and taking a look at their website.

It’s a great show, spread over three large halls as well as various other smaller buildings. Most of the photos I took were prior to opening but as you will see from the last three, we really did get visitors! Roll on Quilt & Stitch Village 2023!

12 thoughts on “Quilt & Stitch Village

  1. Oh wow wow wow Karen! What an experience. Your table looks beautiful and so varied – I hope you got lots of interest in your workshops and some sales too.

    It must have been quite the experience after so long away – lots of inspiration to, I imagine. I will have to follow all of the links and check them out.

    1. Thanks Helene. I don’t do that many shows, and it was a hectic few days, but I absolutely loved it!
      Several of the exhibitors also show their work, as I do, at The Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse. It was wonderful to see their work and catch up with them after three years in limbo!
      The resulting commissions and workshop bookings made it a very successful weekend so I’m hoping to go back next year.

  2. The whole show looks wonderful and your stall is beautiful. We recognise some of your work there but we’ve not seen the chickens before – they’re fab – and your Monstera is very eye-catching.

    1. Thanks Lyn. Those wet felted chickens were inspired by a wonderful tutorial from Sue Smorthwaite featured in the Australian magazine “Felt”. Monstera was made for the Waltham Textile exhibition next month. I think it was Leonora who suggested I make a full size plant…..not started that project yet but never say never!!

  3. Your booth looks very eye catching. The show looks wonderful and I wish I could have attended. Glad it was busy and I hope it was successful for you.

    1. Thanks Ruth. I wish you could have attended too, we could have had some fun!
      My new collars proved to be the most popular item, for workshops and commissions, probably helped by having worn one each day. I’m busy this week making more orders in a variety of colour combinations.

  4. Oh my, Karen, I’m sure you were super busy all the time! I’m so glad you got to participate in this event, it looks fantastic. Your work is superb as always and I hope you got lots of awareness about your workshops!

    1. Thanks Leonor. I was surprised at how busy it got. Many of the visitors commented on how nice it was to feel “normal” again after the restrictions of the past two years.

    1. I’m sure you will have a good day out if you do go Cathy. Another very good one to visit is The Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse. That one is the last weekend in October.

  5. Looks like a great show. Your booth looks really inviting. I am glad you got lots of interesting workshops and commissions. I am going to have to try one of those scarves. I am not doing any shows this year. We seem to be way to busy.

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