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November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate

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November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« on: November 04, 2018, 18:51:53 PM »
Groupon have some ticket deals for the show.
It's not easy being this perfekt

Janet

Lowena

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2018, 19:32:54 PM »
My d.i.l went last year and said it was very good :)
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Marniesews

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2018, 15:08:45 PM »
Went to Ally Pally again this year but I rather fancy swapping around with the Harrogate show next year. Will be interested to hear any reviews of those who have gone this year or before.
Aka Jacky F in a former life...

Efemera

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2018, 15:37:11 PM »
I’ve been lots of times...it’s very busy,loads of stuff to see, (4 large halls) and even more to buy. There was several dressmaking fabric stalls the last time I went.

A list of exhibitors
https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate/exhibitor/

Pinkstar

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2018, 20:48:35 PM »
I've not been for about 10 years.  Is the traffic and parking any better? 
I much prefer going to the Showground rather than HCC (When did it change its name from The Royal Halls/International Centre?)

Sewingsue

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 21:53:55 PM »
I have been twice, 2015 and 2016.
Really good show, but not a cheap visit - travel and hotel before you start shopping. Plus I did find it very tiring.

OTOH part of me would like to go again some time.
Bernina Aurora 440QE, Brother BC-2500, Singer 99K (1938), Silver Viscount 620D overlocker.

Efemera

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2018, 09:09:44 AM »
I would be going this year but I’ve got a 4 day fair on the same dates.

Helen M

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2018, 09:50:26 AM »
I went last year on the Friday but I can't make my mind up about going this year for some reason. I've lost the sewing mojo and wonder if I really need anymore fabric.........

SkoutSews

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2018, 14:03:13 PM »
I'm interested in going on the Thursday. I would get the train down and back in one day, rather than try to drive there and back.  I missed the Glasgow one earlier in the year (thank you, Beast from the East  :angry: ) and would like to do this one.

Is anyone else planning to go?

JillH

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2018, 14:08:33 PM »
I've got tickets for the Friday.  Didn't go last year and the year before the tickets were valid for any day but this year they are for a specific day only.
Jill -  trying to grow old disgracefully.

SkoutSews

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2018, 14:47:01 PM »
I've gone ahead with the Thursday booking.  Found out that I could use nectar points to offset against my train tickets, so just went for it!

SkoutSews

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2018, 10:30:50 AM »
I had a Grand Day Out at the Harrogate show!  It is huge, five halls in all, and, despite getting the show guide in advance to do a little bit of forward planning, I was still bemused and overwhelmed with all that was there. 

All of the workshops that interested me had been sold out well ahead, so I booked onto a 'Demo' (it was really more of a tutorial) 'Twenty tips to improve your sewing'.  It was interesting and covered a wide range of sewing tips, many of which will be familiar to TSP or previous forum followers, i.e. darts (the shaping and securing thereof); interfacing choice; staystitching and order of construction to avoid bias stretch; selection of pattern size; etc etc.

Things I loved:  The Royal School of Needlework stand, with such exquisitely fine work on display; the Festival of Quilts winners, again just jaw-dropping work; the wall of little crocheted creatures at the entrance to Hall M; the displays of all the machines from all the main manufacturers (dream on!); and the many, many fabric sellers and haberdashers.  For someone who gets excited at the sight of a small fabric shop, this was revelatory.  I saw lace being made and watched needle-felting, both new to me.

Things I bought: Fabric!  But I kept my sensible head on.  Two skirt lengths of Linton Tweed (they were on a BOGOF); a piece of textured jersey (which I had previously looked at online, it looked better in the flesh) from the Textile Centre stand; two pieces of jersey from Dotsnstripes, who had a great selection of good quality fabrics, not cheap, but better fabric than most (they also have a website); and a show offer of Vilene/Vlieseline packs containing a range of interfacing products.  That came with a very useful brochure of the product range with all specifications and instructions.

I'm thinking of upgrading my overlocker and tried the Janome 6234xl and the Juki MO-654DE, also took a good look at the Bernina and Brother offerings, all very helpful.

You'll have gathered from these ramblings that I enjoyed my day immensely, indeed I hope to go again next year.  For those who are visiting today or at the weekend, have a great time and wear comfortable shoes!


sewmuchmore

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2018, 17:42:16 PM »
Glad to see you had a good time. This is the first time for about 15 years that I haven't been so envious of all the fabric you bought.
It's not easy being this perfekt

Janet

SkoutSews

Re: November Knitting and Stitching show Harrogate
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2018, 18:46:34 PM »
15 visits! That's a good tally. I'm on a strict fabric abstinence now, but pleased with my purchases. Just have to get sewing.