UK’s largest knitting and sewing show set to return to Harrogate Convention Center

A look back at the Knitting and Sewing Show at the Harrogate Convention Center in 2018.

The Knitting & Stitching Show has been taking place in Harrogate for 30 years, bringing together the craft community to celebrate a shared passion for textiles.

This year it will take place at the Harrogate Convention Center from November 17-20.

Highlights include 220 workshops and demonstrations, spectacular exhibitions by renowned textile artists, including Harrogate society artists Betty’s and Yorkshire, Hannah Lamb and Ealish Wilson of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, and hundreds of retailers from craftsmanship under one roof.

Special features this year will include:

A stitched tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II – with contributions from knitters and embroiderers across the UK.

Hawes Yarnbombers Knitted Shrek – a collection of knit and crochet characters from the popular movie, created to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Swaledale Mountain Rescue.

The exchange of cones – Harrogate’s unique community junk shop and flagship community project for Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate.

Each year, the Cone Exchange works with 200 schools, community groups, social enterprises and charities across Yorkshire to turn waste and litter from local businesses into arts and crafts treasures, encouraging young people to become aware of the environment while providing a valuable resource to local artisans.

Established in 1987, The Knitting & Stitching Show was started by a passionate seamstress called Karen Elder, with the first shows taking place in Kensington in London.