New event The Stitch Festival launches at London’s Business Design Centre

The ultimate day out for craft lovers is in store at The Stitch Festival, a new event launching in London in February 2020

With a fresh, contemporary look and feel, this show is packed with exciting content for crafters and sewing fans, The Stitch Festival, formerly known as The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show, takes place from 27th February-1st March 2020 at the Business Design Centre, Islington. The Festival champions creativity and offers inspiring workshops, demonstrations, fashion exhibitions and textile installations, plus 200 exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. 

Passionate about sharing sewing and craft skills, the Festival’s workshop programme is at the heart of the event and will feayure more than 200 classes taught by the UK’s leading tutors. There are workshops for all levels of crafter, from complete beginners to experts.

Dressmaking will play an important role at this show with a dedicated Dressmaking Studio workshop programme featuring classes including jersey wrap tops, easy pyjama bottoms, chiffon scarves, lacy knickers, skirts and T-shirts, plus technical sessions on overlocking, invisible zips, welt pockets, pattern fitting for fuller busts, in-seam pockets, setting in sleeves, trouser fitting, buttons and buttonholes and dealing with denim. Tutors include Claire Tyler, Janaka Managai, Janice Croft, Jenni McGill, Katya Essery, Lorna Knight and Tree Walsh.

In The Stitch Festival’s Dressmaking Competition, categories are Eveningwear, Knitwear and Upcycled and designers can enter as either a student, adult professional or adult amateur. The Festival’s Stitch Stage will be hosting a daily Upcycling Challenge in which teams of contestants will battle against the clock to transform an old item of clothing into a new garment. The audience will judge their favourite piece with the winning team taking home a great sewing prize. Entry details for the Dressmaking Competition and Upcycling Challenge are available on the Festival website.

Fashion designer and TV judge Esme Young will be hosting an exhibition of her film costume designs with movie credits including Bridget Jones’s Diary, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later, plus an Amorphous dress from the designer’s 1970s Swanky Modes collection.

For advance tickets for The Stitch Festival visit