Craft Hobby + Stitch International Autumn Show

Have you got your tickets for the Craft Hobby + Stitch International Autumn show yet? If not, hurry up – if you’re in the craft industry you don’t want to miss out on a host of crafty inspiration this weekend! If you are going, come and swing by and see Dashwood on our stand!

dashwood stand

The Craft Hobby + Stitch International Autumn show is Europe’s largest trade show for the creative craft industries and is taking place at the Excel London from Sunday 21st to Monday 22nd September.

“The show is an industry focused trade event and will feature free workshops and business seminars, a new product showcase highlighting product launches, three daily fashion shows, plus so much more.”

We’re going to be featuring our latest collection Fly Away, plus a few select makes from some of our previous collections which are still available to buy from our stockists.


We’re busy getting lots of lovely things made up using the Fly Away fabric and have had some wonderful deliveries in the post over the last few weeks including these cute Fly Away Dashwood bunnies from Anita Watson-Jackson of Quirky Genius and the dolls and stroller quilt from Birgitta designs (see above):


We’d love to see you there. Swing by and say hi to David and the team!

Rachel Taylor’s ‘Make It In Design’ E-Course: The Dashwood Studio Brief

Dashwood Studio are delighted to be a part of Rachel Taylor’s upcoming ‘Make It In Design‘ e-course. This e-course is all about the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and we couldn’t be happier to be involved in setting one of the live design briefs for students going through this module of the Design School.

Make It In Design

What is the ‘Design School’ all about?

Rachel Taylor has set up this e-course as the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern design professional – guiding aspiring designers to launch a successful career. The course is delivered in modules, and you can take 1, 2 or all of the modules – depending on the areas you want guidance, training and support on.

The modules are:

1. Designing Your Way
2. Creating Your Professional Identity
3. Monetising Your Designs
4. Building Your Professional Portfolio


How are Dashwood Studio involved?

Rachel has asked Dashwood Studio to set one of the briefs for students going through the course. The brief comes under Module 4, which is all about building your Professional Portfolio as a surface pattern designer. As we work with many surface pattern designers here at Dashwood, we felt able to set a brief which would challenge the students and give them insight into what we look for when working with new designers.

This is what Rachel says about Module 4:

“This course has been developed in response to popular demand from graduates of Module 3, but is open to anyone who has some experience in surface pattern design and wishes to concentrate on growing their body of commercially-viable work. Module 4 is an intense seven week course, which consists of five weeks of class plus two weeks of design reviews.”

Module 4 Dates:

March 24, 2014 – May 10, 2014
(5 wks + 2 wks of reviews)

You can find out more about our brief, and this module of the course here.

Dashwood Studio goes to the Craft, Hobby and Stitch International Show

crafty hobby and stitch logo

It’s all systems go here at Dashwood as we prepare for our first proper outing at a trade show –  The Craft, Hobby and Stitch International show at the NEC to be exact. The show takes place 16-18th Feb so we’ve a lot to get organised in the next few days.

Picture © Daniel Graves Photography. 17/02/2013 SHOWS:

It will be also be the first official outing for our latest collection Wildwood – which has just come in from the printers and is being distributed to our stockists around the world.

We’ve pulled in lots of favours from our crafty friends who’ve been quickly whizzing up quilts, cushions, lampshades, clothes and accessories using the fabric so we can showcase it at its best on our show stand KO6:

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Here’s a little sneak peak of our preparation for the show (excuse the mess!):

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We’re looking forward to meeting fellow fabric lovers, showcasing the Dashwood Studio brand for the first time and getting feedback on our current fabric collections – and also meeting the other exhibitors.

Picture © Daniel Graves Photography. 17/02/2013 SHOWS:

Show details:

Sunday 16 February 2014 – Tuesday 18 February 2014

Hall 12, NEC Birmingham

Our stand is KO6

Opening Times:
Sunday 9am-6pm
Monday 9am-6pm
Tuesday 9am-4.00pm

Picture © Daniel Graves Photography. 17/02/2013 SHOWS:

We’ll be taking lots of photos from the show and will post them up on the blog for all to see. If you’re coming along to the show, please drop by our stand and say hello!

Autumn 2013 Craft & Design Events Not To Miss

Although we don’t want to wish away the summer months, we can’t help but get excited about some of the upcoming events in the design and craft world. The Autumn months are jam-packed with exhibitions, conferences, markets and showcases, so we decided to bring you a bumper list of Autumn 2013 Craft & Design events to help you plan your diary.

And of course, ourselves and our Dashwood Studio stockists will be at some of these events, so we hope to see you at one soon!


Maison Objet | Paris | 6th – 10th

This is one of our Petite Street designer, Wendy’s, favourite shows. It coincides with Paris Design Week, so if you make the trip you can get a double hit of design goodness.

MoOD | Brussels | 10th – 12th

This is an international trade fair for producers of upholstery, window and wall coverings with a strong emphasis on textiles and fabric.

Endless Stair designed by dRMM for London Design Festival 2013

The London Design Festival | London | 14th – 22nd

Over 300 events at different venues across London – covering everything from architecture, product, technology to fashion and surface pattern.

100% Design | Earls Court, London | 18th – 21st

The largest and longest running contemporary design event for industry professionals in the UK, covering interior design as one of the key sectors.

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts | Westpoint, Exeter | 26th – 29th

This popular show is great for getting inspiration in stitching and creative crafts and meeting suppliers and designers from these disciplines.


Liverpool Design Festival | Various locations citywide, Liverpool | 6th – 9th Oct

A weekend of workshops, exhibitions, talks and displays in contemporary design in Merseyside.

Knitting and Stitching Show | Alexandra Palace, London | 10th – 13th Oct

Textile lovers flock to this popular show in London to view exhibits, take part in workshops, meet other textile enthusiasts and shop at the many shops and independent makers exhibiting.


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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair | Manchester | 10th – 13th

Now in its 6th Year the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Spinningfields is recognised as one of the leading retail events for contemporary craft in the UK.


Country Living Fair | Business Design Centre, London | 30th Oct – 3rd Nov

A big festive fair covering gifts, arts and crafts for the Christmas season.


Renegade Craft Fair | Old Truman Brewery, London | 9th-10th Nov

The RCF is a curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the brightest talents in contemporary craft and design. 

Have we missed any great events? Tell us by leaving a comment!