Stitch-by-Stitch is an exciting new interactive feature, which brings together some of the UK’s leading experts demonstrating and sharing their skills.  From knitting, crochet and beadwork through to embroidery, sewing and weaving, the Stitch-by-Stitch campaign is designed to encourage people to try something new.

A whole host of activities is planned for the five-day event with Stitch-by-Stitch sessions for all abilities – some specifically for school children and complete beginners – but also demonstrations for the more experienced textile enthusiast.  It will inspire and educate, giving people a chance to explore new techniques and to pick up tips from the experts.

Commenting on the launch, Portfolio Director Jonathan Burton said: “We have seen an incredible 15% increase in the number of visitors across our five events in the last 12 months and among them are a huge number of people who are enjoying textile crafts for the first time.  As the market-leading event, we aim to deliver fresh and exciting content for our visitors, constantly seeking out new artists, teachers and exhibitors to help ensure the event is an inspirational and rewarding day out for all.”

For 2014 the show will also host an extraordinary collection of work from leading textile artists in 23 professionally curated galleries, along with a showcase of work by recent textile graduates. 

A major highlight will be Ripeness and Age, from the Keeping Gallery, which celebrates the life and work of the late Renate Keeping.  A talented and much missed artist and teacher with an exacting eye, Renate’s partner was illustrator and writer Charles Keeping and her work explores their joyous life together, from art school to the trials and tribulation of family life.

Caren Garfen uses textiles to explore themes such as domesticity, work/life balance, and dieting.  Her finished artworks, painstakingly hand-stitched, veil a stark social statement whilst providing a humorous critique of contemporary society.  Caren’s exhibition at The Knitting & Stitching Show, She was cooking something up, is a kitchen installation where the lady of the house becomes totally preoccupied with food, and is locked in a world where she obsesses about what she can or cannot consume.

Between the Linesis the latest exhibition by East Anglia Stitch Textiles and is based on the group's response to the centenary of the First World War.Each of the thirteen artists has explored the 1914/18 conflict to create a stunning collection of contemporary work that will offer a beautiful commemoration as the country remembers this significant period of our history.

Other artists hosting galleries at this year’s show include: Lindsay Taylor; Mary Flynn; The Out of the Fold Texile Group; Hue; The Westhope Group; Global Yell, Shetland; The British Tapestry Group; Prism; zero3; The ISE Group; Jo Beattie; Jean Bennett; Ann Small and Sue Walton; Silkfelt Collective; The Embroiderers’ Guild Graduate Showcase; The Knitted Textile Awards and The Royal School of Needlework.  For full details of the galleries visit: www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london

For those looking to enjoy a hands-on experience, the Learning Curve, in association with Groves, offers a comprehensive selection of workshops covering a broad range of knitting, stitching and craft subjects.  Whilst a brand new programme of lectures gives visitors the chance to gain a more in-depth knowledge from some of the leading lights of the knitting and stitching world.  This year’s speakers include Sandy Black, Debbie Bliss, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn. For a full list of workshops and lectures visit: www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london

With live fashion shows, a National Fashion Textile Competition for Schools and over 320 first-class exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books, the show is a must-attend event for anyone with a passion for knitting, sewing and textile based crafts.