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Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery, Hobbycrafts and Cake International at Birmingham NEC

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From sewing and knitting to papercraft, jewellery - and cake
It's the icing on the cake – a popular home baking show has been added to three hobby and craft exhibitions to create a bargain 'four events for the price of one' attraction.

Cake International: The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking show joins Sewing for Pleasure, Fashion & Embroidery and Hobbycrafts at Birmingham NEC in spring 2016.

The sewing, fashion and craft shows run from March 17 – 20, with Cake International alongside from March 18 -20. Ticketholders attending the March 17 events can return to the NEC to also visit the baking show.

Over 30,000 visitors are expected to attend to see more than 400 top craft and cake exhibitors.

Sewing for Pleasure, Birmingham NEC
On the catwalk: The Fashion & Embroidery show at Birmingham NEC

The Fashion & Embroidery show is the place to discover the latest trends and inspiration in textile art and embroidery. With a catwalk show, a huge choice of fabrics and threads, and textile groups, societies and artists on hand to share their expertise, this is a must-visit for enthusiasts. Visitors can indulge their passion and brush up on techniques with free workshops and demonstrations.

The show includes the skilfully made costumes from the 2015 screen adaption of Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd. Costumes worn by Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene and Michael Sheen as Boldwood will be on show. In addition, a special feature - Images of Egypt - will showcase handmade ceremonial textiles and intriguing Egyptian artefacts from a private collection held by Sandra Hardy.

Sewing for Pleasure, Birmingham NEC
Hands on: Visitors get stitching at Sewing for Pleasure

At Sewing for Pleasure visitors are taken through the wardrobe to 'Yarnia', an amazing life-sized knitted and crocheted creation depicting three scenes from by the much-loved children's tale The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Featured in the UK for the first time this year, the work was made created in Canada and the USA.

Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts, Birmingham NEC
Crafty: A range of handmade items on display at Hobbycrafts

In the Hobbycrafts section Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner Webster will host workshops inspired by their new TV show Crafty Beggars In The House. Julie and Wendy will demonstrate and share their expertise, helping visitors to make simple Sock Teddies and delightful Desk Hogs.

Sewing for Pleasure, Cake International, Hobbycrafts, Birmingham NEC
Pretty as a picture: Exhibits are photographed as well as eaten at Cake International

Over at Cake International Daniel Diéguez, who specialises in 3D, wedding and celebration cakes and chocolate sculpture, will be demonstrating his talent and sharing his advice. Daniel impressed judges at Cake International in 2015, winning a Gold Medal for his Forest Spirit of Autumn exhibit.

From sewing, knitting and quilting to papercraft and jewellery making as well as cake decorating, visitors will find all the latest innovations from the world of creative craft and cake and enjoy daily free programmes of workshops, talks and demonstrations.

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Why? Four great shows for the price of one
When: March 17 - March 20, 2016
Phone: 01425 277988
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Cost: Adult £14, Senior £13, Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6
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