Friend Barbara and I went to the NEC show last week for Craft/Fashion/Sewing & Embroidery knowing that there would be something we could buy. First shock was the price of the car parking – £16 if paid on the day or £12 if pre-booked! That, added to the ticket price made it an already expensive day out.

Then we had to buy the programme – gone are the days when these were complimentary. So another £3.

Two Sided Programme

But we paid up as the show was buzzing and we had a couple (!) of stands to find – the words needle and haystack?

But first stop was the FOOD place – we had set off at 8 o’clock and finally arrived at 12.15 – two big hold-ups on the M6 – where else? Suitably refreshed we then tackled the show itself.

I wanted to talk to Debbie Shore about one of her designs so we headed over to her stand – she was surrounded by people making bags but she said she would be free in about half an hour’s time, so we wandered off aimlessly and came upon the first of three book stalls. And, if you know me, I have to buy something when faced with racks of books. Which I did and this style will soon be appearing somewhat adapted in The Jacobeadery.

Sashiko Book

We then headed back to see Debbie. I wanted her permission to use one of her designs but with beads added. And she said ‘Yes, of course”! Lovely lady. So these will be added to the Cottons Collection in the near future.

Cottons Collection Long Hearts

Barbara had a list of beads she needed so we hit the bead stands. While she was drooling I wandered off and saw this …….

Coiling stuff for shaping into a neckline thingie!

I’ve been collecting pictures on Pinterest about things I could make to wear around the neck and some were soft-of Celtic knot necklaces made from, I hope, will be this stuff. We’ll see.

I then saw another stand which appealed and bought this to help embroider ribbon or thin strips of silk. Worth a go anyway.

Mini Frame

So, many bead stands later, and quite a few coffee and cake stops, we were done and headed home. A good day and one that made up for the Trade Show visited recently. Lots more inspiration from this show.