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demonstrating with Madeira threads at the NEC

demonstrating with Madeira threads at the NEC

If you follow me on social media you’ll have seen some pictures from the recent couple of days I spent at the NEC in Birmingham for the Fashion & Embroidery/Sewing for Pleasure show.

Madeira threads on display at NEC show

On Thursday and Friday I was there demonstrating on the Madeira threads stand which was great fun! Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a chat and to see what I was making, it was lovely to meet you all.

Me on the Madeira threads stand at the NEC

There was an overlocker and sewing machine for me to work on and it was a pretty productive couple of days. In between talking to visitors I managed to make the ombre top I’m wearing in the pic below as well as a longline jersey cardigan and a zip up bag. Of course all items were sewn up using Madeira threads! I chose a mid-grey Aerolock thread for both garments which I constructed completely on the overlocker and the bag was sewn on the sewing machine using Aerofil thread.

Me sewing on an overlocker machine

Handmade grey marl jersey cardigan using Madeira sewing threads

There was also time to wander around the rest of the show and one of my favourite things to see was Kimono Through The Ages, a collection of antique and vintage kimonos from around the last 100 years. There were different types from formal to everyday which displayed various decorative techniques. I was particularly keen on this turquoise and red one which was made from silk and embroidered with plum blossom and chrysanthemums.

Kimono collection at the NEC sewing show

Silk kimono on display at NEC sewing show

There were lots of stands selling fabrics and notions too and if I didn't already have a stack of fabric and patterns waiting to be made I'm sure I'd have bought one of the beautiful quilted jerseys that were there. Here's hoping that the weather warms up and I don't need to think of making more cosy clothes anyway!

Thanks for reading, back soon!

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