Backstage Pass | The Craft Hobby and Stitch Show

I had the pleasure of attending The Craft, Hobby and Stitch Show in Birmingham on Monday. But lucky for you, I took photos of some of the highlights at the show including new products and trends that I predict will be BIG, BIG, BIG for 2013! Here is your exclusive Stitch Craft Create backstage pass to The Craft, Hobby and Stitch Show.

Paper, Paper Everywhere!Papercraft trends
Big, bold and bright prints were all over the place and it didn’t just stop at fabric. Paper’s were really popular at the show with designs that were fresh and new. Steampunk and vintage were very much alive, but some lines had a new flavour, one in which I can only create a new genre for: Let’s call it “Baroque Circus”.  I really liked these eye-catching paper creations and hope to see some of these stamps and cutters on the shelves very soon.

Wedding papercraft ideasOne of the biggest stands at the show was the Sizzix stand. Each nook and cranny of there “stand” had beautiful displays all in separate themes. One of my favorites was the spring and summer wedding section. I thought some of these ideas were so easy to make and very clever. They have a very talented team.

I loved this table display idea featuring photos of the happy couple and family. homemade wedding ideasI can image how sweet these would be with different photos of all of the guests to distinguish table seating arrangements! The homemade sweetie bags were also adorable and so easy to make using cutters and patterned papers.


There were also some AMAZING creations made with paper too. Check out these inspiring creative designs by an American Company called DCWV! They had a life-size peacock as well as dresses made entirely from paper.

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Here are the beautiful paper dresses on the DXWV stand:

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There was definitely more than just amazing papercraft collections at the Craft, Hobby and Stitch Show! I was LOVING the Sirdar Yarn Stand! I was most impressed by there baby collections. Here are some adorable knits using new Sirdar products. The teddy bear outfit a was the softest, most adorable thing I think I saw at the show. (oh dear…is that my clock I can hear ticking again…) And lucky for you and me, we have a great selection of Sirdar in our shop. Click to window shop this amazing range.

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And last but certainly not least was the debut of the Tilda ranges coming this summer. Called Country Escape and The Seaside Life, these ranges are very different from each other and both as lovely as you can expect. Both of these ranges will be BIG for 2013! The bright florals from Country Escapes are really exciting to see after a long winter. I also loved some of the nautical makes I saw from The Seaside Life ranges. How adorable are the seahorses and starfish. PLUS, a new angel is coming our way complete with toy boat. If you love tilda, have a look at for the latest Tilda news and products.

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So there you have it, your exclusive Sneak Peek at the Craft Hobby and Stitch Show at the NEC. Did you attend the show? We would love to hear your comments on some of the exciting things you saw. What do you think the big trends of 2013 will be?

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