This last month has been a quiet one at The Stitch Society with lots of planning around the school holidays for Easter. However, this weekend gets the making juices going again with first ever Festival of Making over in Blackburn.

This first National Festival of Making takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May and is an opportunity to see, make and do as The Festival of Making takes over the streets with music, markets, street food, art, performance, tours, talks and above all, an eclectic mix of making experiences for everyone.

We will be taking part in the MAKERS MARKET in King George’s Hall, Concert Hall, (Free Entry) on Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 6pm. The Market promises a line-up of irresistible handmade homewares, delicately crafted jewellery, contemporary furniture and one-off fashion items from British artisans, the maker’s market is a shopping heaven and not to be missed.

In the spirit of making, we will be selling not only our gorgeous aprons and bags, but also our patterns, fabric, scraps from our aprons, bag packs, buttons and vintage patterns.

Do come along and say hello and maybe treat yourself!

Also on Saturday is Claire Ketteman’s workshop on Sketchbooks where you will learn how to turn your photos into a creative craft project. Her sketch book course will guide you through different ways of analysing your pictures to transform them into a design for you to stitch. This is a great way of taking your first steps in design and you don’t need to be a confident artist to get started!

You will go home with an A5 sketchbook complete with collaged pages on your chosen theme and some sample stitch projects, all for a bargain price of £45 including all materials.

Places must be booked in advance, to reserve your place please contact Claire by email: or phone 07904 010430. All workshops will take place at her lovely studio, unit F4b at Keighley Business Centre.


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