After a couple of years hiatus, this year CHSI Stitches was back. Running from 27th-28th February, this show is not open to members of the public, only to trade buyers looking to source the latest stock and products for their retail outlets. It's a chance to see the latest innovations in the crafting world, upcoming fabric trends and collections and allows you to get involved with on stand demonstrations.
Of course while I was primarily here for Lewis and Irene's gorgeous stand, I did get a little chance to have a wonder around and become immersed in all of the beautiful displays. Although much smaller than recent years, there was a large selection of traders ranging from ribbon and haberdashery stockists, yarn stands, embroidery kit designers to fabric traders, craft magazines and wadding specialists. There seemed to be a big emphasis on eco and sustainable products as well as how this was reflected within the crafting industry. This was emphasised in the 'Going Green' report and the lovely sustainability 'tree' display in the centre of the room.
Aside from the lovely fabrics and trade stands my main reason for my visit was for Lewis and Irene's stand. I also have a little announcement that you can probably guess by what's pinned on the wall behind me...Yes, I have designed my second fabric collection for Lewis and Irene!! 'Meadowside' will be released in Autumn/Winter 2022. I can not wait to share more about this collection soon. It was lovely to see my collection in amongst so many beautiful designs as well as very humbling. I still can't believe this journey I am on. Seeing my designs on the stand really was an 'oh my gosh' moment. I never in my wildest dreams would've thought a few years ago that my designs would be being displayed at CHSI Stitches!
If you've never been to Stitches I would highly recommend going. The atmosphere was lovely, with a real buzz that can only be created by in person events. Plus you never know who's designs you might see on display.