The perfect place to hear it from the masters themselves, learn a new talent or improve your skills in everything ‘Make it Yourself’. This is where ideas and inspiration become a real product to make at the show or at home.

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Wendy Gardiner

Creative crazy patchwork with Wendy Gardiner

29 MAR - 10:45AM - 11:30AM
Wendy has successfully worked as a freelance writer, teacher and author in the sewing industry all her working life, during which time she has held the role of editor of several leading sewing magazines as well as having written 17 books and presented 11 DVDs – her latest book is The Great British Sewing Bee from Stitch to Style. She also runs regular residential Creative Sewing Weekends and writes projects and technique articles for various magazines and her own resource website www.isew.co.uk which is packed with tips, techniques and projects. Wendy is also a regular guest presenter on shopping channels Ideal World and Create & Craft TV plus she works with the leading pattern and haberdashery companies in the UK and organisers of the Knitting and Stitching shows to deliver extensive workshop programmes. All this has led to Wendy having a strong reputation and indeed fan base because of her enthusiastic and friendly approach to sharing her passion for all things to do with sewing. She is well known by keen sewists as well as the leading companies in the industry for her extensive skill base and knowledge of the sewing market.
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Susie White

Growing flowers for cutting and arranging at home

30 MAR - 10:45AM - 11:30AM
Susie White is a writer, lecturer and photographer with a lifetime’s gardening experience and is author of eight gardening books. Her beautiful cottage garden in Northumberland has featured on BBC Gardeners’ World and it’s from here that she writes her weekly columns for best-selling woman’s magazine My Weekly. Her inspiring talk, Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, shows how even in mid-winter there’s a jug of home-grown flowers on her kitchen table, and she describes the nail-biting growing and arranging of flowers for her son’s wedding!
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Steffi Stern

Selling your crafts: do you craft to please the market place?

31 MAR - 10:45AM - 11:30AM
Steffi Stern, who was born in Germany, has been crafting as long as she can remember. About 13 years ago she discovered needle felting and has been creating 3D objects ever since starting with decorations such as flower fairies. For the last four years she has specialised in needle felting animals. In 2015 she co-authored the book Making Needle Felted Animals (published by Hawthorn Press) with her business partner Sophie Buckley. They founded their business The Makerss in the same year. The Makerss sell needle felting kits, tools and materials to those who like making but also to trade. They also run workshops and Steffi features once a month on Hochanda.com (a craft TV channel) gives demonstrations on needle felting and talks on contempory topics that have been part of her life as a career woman, mother of four and artist entrepreneur.  
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Joyce Meader

Knitskrieg: a call to yarns

01 APR - 10:45AM - 11:30AM
Joyce meader is a historical hand knitter and author. She collects printed knitting patterns dated from 1817 to the present day. These patterns are used to make authentic items for film companies such us the film of "War Horse" 2011 and "The Wildest Dream" 2010. They are also used to knit items for the theatre, re-enactors and museums. Joyce has also written a book about military knitting and has one of the largest collections of Military knitting patterns in the UK.
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Steffi Stern

Writing your own craft book: a personal journey

29 MAR - 12:00PM - 12:45PM
Steffi Stern, who was born in Germany, has been crafting as long as she can remember. About 13 years ago she discovered needle felting and has been creating 3D objects ever since starting with decorations such as flower fairies. For the last four years she has specialised in needle felting animals. In 2015 she co-authored the book Making Needle Felted Animals (published by Hawthorn Press) with her business partner Sophie Buckley. They founded their business The Makerss in the same year. The Makerss sell needle felting kits, tools and materials to those who like making but also to trade. They also run workshops and Steffi features once a month on Hochanda.com (a craft TV channel) gives demonstrations on needle felting and talks on contempory topics that have been part of her life as a career woman, mother of four and artist entrepreneur.  
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Steffi Stern

Crafting with children: process or end gaining

30 MAR - 12:00PM - 12:45PM
Steffi Stern, who was born in Germany, has been crafting as long as she can remember. About 13 years ago she discovered needle felting and has been creating 3D objects ever since starting with decorations such as flower fairies. For the last four years she has specialised in needle felting animals. In 2015 she co-authored the book Making Needle Felted Animals (published by Hawthorn Press) with her business partner Sophie Buckley. They founded their business The Makerss in the same year. The Makerss sell needle felting kits, tools and materials to those who like making but also to trade. They also run workshops and Steffi features once a month on Hochanda.com (a craft TV channel) gives demonstrations on needle felting and talks on contempory topics that have been part of her life as a career woman, mother of four and artist entrepreneur.  
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Dr Susan Kay-Williams

Needle, thread and inspiration

31 MAR - 12:00PM - 12:45PM
Dr Susan Kay-Williams is the Chief Executive of the RSN, a post she has held for ten years. She is an accomplished speaker and has lectured in the USA, Canada, China, Japan and Taiwan as well as across the UK. Susan enjoys talking about students' work to show people just what can be achieved with a needle and thread. Her own research area is in the history of dyes in textiles and is the author of The Story of Colour in Textiles.
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Sarah Hamilton

House of Cards with Sarah Hamilton

01 APR - 12:00PM - 12:45PM
Sarah Hamilton is an artist and designer based in South London, whose work is inspired by colour, nature and midcentury design. She began her career as an artist handprinting greetings cards for Paperchase, The Conran Shop and Habitat. Cards are still a significant part of her practice. Sarah is the founder of the Just a Card campaign.
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Natalie Porter

Romantic sugar roses

29 MAR - 01:15PM - 02:00PM
Having been hooked on cake decorating by making her own wedding cake a few years ago, Natalie founded Immaculate Confections, based in Hertfordshire. She has gone on to win multiple gold awards at Cake International and is delighted to be  a regular contributor to several magazines, including Cake Decoration and Sugarcraft. Natalie has recently launched her first cake decorating product, The Rapid Rose, helping others to achieve her trademark style of flowers. She loves to teach sugarcraft and is well known for her creative use of colour, making bright and realistic sugar floral displays for cakes.
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Rosalind Freeborn

Lampshades can be art

30 MAR - 01:15PM - 02:00PM
Rosalind Freeborn is an artist with a passion for paper. At art school she learned to paint and draw but couldn’t help tearing up all kinds of paper. She now specialises in paper collage art and has adapted work made in her unusual style to create a range of bright and colourful paper lampshades which will brighten up a home whether the lights are on or off.
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Heather E Wright

Unravel for ribbon

31 MAR - 01:15PM - 02:00PM
Heather Wright has always loved art and textiles. Bu she did not pursue a career in this field until 2015 when her life was turned upside down. She lost her Father, her Mum was diagnosed with cancer and she had a heart attack. Due to her ill health she felt force to change careers. The only other thing she loved was a hobby in textiles and art, and so in the months that followed she channeled her energy into art and embroidery. Now Heather Wright is the founder and owner of 'Love Ribbon', specialising in teaching the art of silk ribbon embroidery.
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Steffi Stern

Needle felting: what's it all about and its cross-crafting opportunities

01 APR - 01:15PM - 02:00PM
Steffi Stern, who was born in Germany, has been crafting as long as she can remember. About 13 years ago she discovered needle felting and has been creating 3D objects ever since starting with decorations such as flower fairies. For the last four years she has specialised in needle felting animals. In 2015 she co-authored the book Making Needle Felted Animals (published by Hawthorn Press) with her business partner Sophie Buckley. They founded their business The Makerss in the same year. The Makerss sell needle felting kits, tools and materials to those who like making but also to trade. They also run workshops and Steffi features once a month on Hochanda.com (a craft TV channel) gives demonstrations on needle felting and talks on contempory topics that have been part of her life as a career woman, mother of four and artist entrepreneur.  
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Natasha Jackson

Making an Amigurumi Monster

29 MAR - 02:30PM - 03:15PM
Natasha Jackson has worked as part of Kerry Lord's design team for the last two years. During this time she has influenced and created hundreds of Edward's Menagerie animals and crocheted intensely throughout the inception and creation of Edward's Imaginarium. Having taught thousands of people to learn to crochet in this period she has a unique insight into the current amigurumi crochet trend.
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Debbie Shore

Sew a simple cutting mat carrier by Debbie Shore

30 MAR - 02:30PM - 03:15PM
Debbie has turned a sewing hobby she is passionate about into a full time career. She is the author of ten sewing books [so far!] and enjoys sharing her knowledge on TV and through her You Tube channel. Her mum taught her to sew at a very young age so fabric and thread has always been a part of her life!
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Faye Wynn-Jones

Introduction to card making and colouring with copics

31 MAR - 02:30PM - 03:15PM
Faye has been an avid card maker since 2004, the year she got married. she couldn't find any wedding invitations in the shops she liked, so decided to make them. She has always been creative (she worked as a Pastry Chef for many years) and knew it would be fun.  Initially, she dabbled with Watercolours and Pencils, before specialising with Copics in 2008. She was 'spotted' by Copic in 2014, invited to become a Copic Certified Instructor for the UK and in 2016, she became a European Copic Colouring Master teaching classes across the country.
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Chinelo Bally

Freehand fashion with Chinelo Bally

01 APR - 02:30PM - 03:15PM
Chinelo Bally is a Nigerian born Brit with an overly healthy appetite for fashion and sewing. In 2014, Chinelo appeared on the BBC’s ‘Great British Sewing Bee’, where she wowed judges and fellow contestants with her freehand cutting method. She has since turned her sewing into a full-time business and now makes clothes for private clients from all walks of life, including singer Laura Mvula. Chinelo has appeared on the BBC1 TV programme ‘Money for Nothing’ and ‘Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas’ on Channel 4. Her first book Freehand Fashion was published by Pavilion in 2015.
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Angela Daymond

Dyeing from a natural world

29 MAR - 03:45PM - 04:30PM
Angela has had a needle in her hand for over 30 years. She has developed a passion for dyeing with plants and combines this with a love of hand stitching and Kantha work. Angela has published two books and an instructional DVD about natural dyeing. She has designed a range of Kantha hand stitch kits suitable for all abilities. She teaches widely across the UK and also from her studio in Lincolnshire.
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Angela Daymond

Woad - Blue as old as time

30 MAR - 03:45PM - 04:30PM
Angela has had a needle in her hand for over 30 years. She has developed a passion for dyeing with plants and combines this with a love of hand stitching and Kantha work. Angela has published two books and an instructional DVD about natural dyeing. She has designed a range of Kantha hand stitch kits suitable for all abilities. She teaches widely across the UK and also from her studio in Lincolnshire.
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Jane Seyler

Medau Movement

01 APR - 03:45PM - 04:30PM
Successfully passing all her ballet, tap and ballroom grades and awards at a very young age, at 21 Jane entered the world of movement, exercise, dance.  In 1991, after many years as a class member Jane completed the Keep Fit Association’s Teacher Training Programme which in turn led to Jane qualifying with teacher and training status in Medau Movement.  Jane is still as passionate as ever about movement, exercise, dance and is a very well respected Senior Trainer, Teacher and Class Choreographer of Medau.