Sunday, 29 September 2013

My Special Day Out !!!! (stash pic heavy !!!!!)

I had sooo much fun this Friday.  I managed to get tickets for a crafting and sewing exhibition in Exeter. Creative Stitches is held every year in the Westpoint Arena.  I first went two years ago and loved it but bought so many projects I couldn't really justify going last year.  I jumped at the chance to go this year though !!!!   They have so many stalls of vendors and exhibitors it is a little overwhelming.  It is a little tough for me as I find crowds a struggle and it attracts a tremendous amount of people.  I got some really good stuff though and mostly stuck to my self inflicted promise of buying no projects but only other stitchy stash !!!!

One of the exhibitors was called Alison Murray and she had created these amazing textile books, one based on the seasons and one based on myths and legends.  Despite the size apparently the pages were able to be moved ...










There were also exhibits on handbags and hats and a selection of costumes from the film version of Les Miserables.

Well I said I bought a lot so here goes hahaha...

Silk and perle thread from RSN graduate Sophie Long's exhibit

 A bargain pack of random DMC threads that worked out 25p a skein 

This is the only project I bought, a beaded needle case kit from Spellbound.  Having looked at the pattern it looks really complicated so I am going to wait a while before I start it 

Some new cute scissors (like I haven't got enough !!!!!!)

These are grab bags of Evenweave fabric (although having opened them there are a couple of pieces of higher count Aida).  Last time I went I only bought one and I regretted it as there was so much fabric in the bag and if you bought three packs it worked out cheaper per bag.  It's hard to tell in the photo but there is some sparkly fabric, lots of coloured Evenweave and some black (which I've been wanted to use again) ...
And last but not least ...

Doesn't look like much does it !!! Just an ordinary piece of Evenweave !!!!  Well it's much more ... It glows in the dark !!!!!  I have used glow in the dark thread before but never seen the fabric.  I'm so excited that even though I haven't finished all my crazy January challenges yet I am going to make a new start as I just can't wait to use it.  I have the perfect halloweeny project for it that I will start towards the end of October!!!

All in all it was a lovely day, although I did feel there was a slight bias towards paper crafts even though the show is advertised as stitching and craft.  I came out sooooo inspired with lots of ideas, including a super secret one I will write about another day.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!


  1. Oh what a fun day and wonderful new stash.


  2. Wow! Lovely stash,looking forward to seeing a project using the glow in the dark fabric.