Monday, 3 April 2017

My day at CHSI Stitches and the craft trends for 2017....

CHSI logo

Back in February I attended the CHSI Stitches show at the NEC and was invited to the Bloggers Brunch. CHSI Stitches is a free event for the creative craft industry.  It is across two halls: fabric, yarn and textiles in one hall with papercrafts, art materials and hobby crafts in another. The show features workshops, seminars and a catwalk show.  

catwalk show at the CHSI 2017

I took so many photos and notes during the day that it has taken me a while to go through them, but here it is, my post about my day and the trends for 2017....

First up was the Bloggers Brunch which was hosted by DMC. I hadn't realised how long the company had been going for, they were established in 1746! Surely that must be the oldest business? They are now part of the group that also owns Wool and the Gang, Liberty and Mamas & Papas. 

We were given a lovely goody bag of DMC products to try out and take away.

DMC embroidery and yarn at the CHSI Show

In our goody bag was DMC's new Colorista thread which we got to to play with during the brunch, it's beautiful!  I love to use yarn that changes colour when I crochet as it gives great colourful affects without having to change your yarn, this is the same principle.  It's been a long time since I have done any embroidery but I can see I will be doing more, it's so relaxing.

Embroidery work in progress

These letters they gave us are on a 'magic sheet' which sticks to your fabric so you can sew the design. Once you've finished you rinse it in cold water and the magic paper will dissolve.  You can get plain sheets so you can draw your own design to stitch.

One of the big trends this year is to embellish and embroider clothing to personalise and upcycle. They showed this example on a denim jacket

Embroidered, embellished denim jacket

I'm now looking at my wardrobe to see what I can embroider onto and with 1000 free embroidery patterns on DMC's website it will be a tough decision which design to use!

The show is a great place to check out the trends and get a sneaky peak at the new products that will be hitting our stores in 2017.  Here are the key trends I picked up on....

I've already mentioned embroidery is becoming a trend again and with the popularity of mindful crafting like colouring and zentangle, the next new thing is Zenbroidery....

Zenbroidery 2017 trend

Zenbroidery 2017 craft trend

Pantone launched their new colour 'Greenery' at the beginning of the year with the their 2017 palette chosen to "convey a sense of earthiness hues"  This is an interpretation of this trend....

Greenery trend in card making 2017 Greenery trend

2017 greenery trend, earthy tones

Scandinavian Christmas
I know it's only just spring but one supplier was showing their Christmas range.  If you are a retailer you will be planning ahead and some will have completed their plans for this year already. Scandinavia has been a fashionable theme for Christmas and it looks like it will continue which is no surprise with hygge becoming popular.

Scandinavian Christmas

Mixed media
I love mixed media and recently I've been experimenting more with various techniques and mediums (watch out for some inspiration and tutorials coming up on my blog!)
There were lots of mixed media workshops on and there were various brands exhibiting which suggests it has increased in popularity.  I was pleased to see one of my favourite brands, Indigo Blu, showcasing their new range with lots of lovely examples....

Indigo Blu mixed media art upcycling butterflies

Indigo Blu Junk and Disorderly

Indigo Blu Mixed Media Steam Punk art

Indigo Blu Mixed media upcycling pictire frame art

Also at CHSI....
The Bright Sparks Pavilion is an area for new talent and start-up businesses and the opportunity for retailers and buyers to find the latest designs and contemporary products from innovative companies. I had a lovely chat with Ruth from The Make Arcade, I just fell in love with her kits....

The Make Arcade at CHSI Embroidery kits

The Make Arcade at CHSI Embroidery Kits

I got to meet one of my favourite crafters Sheena Douglass.  Her ranges and creative techniques are my kinda style and she was with Crafter's Companion launching her latest range, Create-a-Flower.  I must admit I was a little star struck but she was so lovely and happy to talk to me.

Sheena Douglass Create a Flower

Sheena Douglass Creat a Flower

There was a lot of excitement around the Caron stand.  Firstly due to their fun display for Simply Soft...

models with knitted slippers

They even had knitted shoes!...

Caron Simply Soft Displkay at CHSI stitches

But a lot of the excitement was around their Caron Cakes....

Caron Cakes Yarn

These yummy yarns have only been available in the US until recently and difficult to get hold of in the UK but they are now widely available on our shores. They are available in a range of vibrant, variegated shades. Each ball features five bright colours and ideal for any project.  I can understand the excitement as they are fun, bright and feel lovely.  I just need to justify buying more yarn! 

Caron Cakes yummy yarn

Look at this gorgeous, hand knitted tree by Cygnet Yarns...

Cygnet yarn hand knitted tree

Back to the DMC stand where I saw these cuties....

crochet cute animals by DMC

As the event is for the trade you can't buy anything on the day and suppliers will generally have a minimum order requirement. However if you are not trade it is still an interesting event to see the future trends and be inspired, especially if you go along to one of the seminars or workshops. Unfortunately I didn't book on to a workshop early enough so I missed out (they are very popular).

I went with my friend Laura who owns No3 Royston which sells Haberdashery along with handmade products (including some of mine).  It was interesting to get her perspective of the event.  It was her first time and she liked the range of products and suppliers there.  She was able to meet with the suppliers she already has accounts with as well as meet new ones and see new products in real life.

CHSI is a huge event and next year I think I will go for 2 days so I can take it all in.  

What a busy but fun day. It was encouraging to see that the craft industry is booming with so much variety, there is something for everyone. 

I was kindly invited to the Bloggers Brunch by the organisers of the event, the views and opinions are my own and I have not been paid for writing this post.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Time for a spring clean....

Previously, #CraftBlogClub has run a Spring clean Swap challenge but we have decided to make this years #CraftBlogClub Spring Clean a little bit different. This year we will be hosting the #CraftBlogClub Spring Clean during our chat on Tuesday 4th April. 

During the chat we want you to post a pic of any unwanted/unused crafty materials that you want to get rid of. Make sure you use the two hashtags #CraftBlogClub and #SpringClean. Then if someone thinks they could make use of whats in the photo, they tweet you back.

Privately you then share contact details and post the item. You get to have a clear out and someone else can make something fabulous with your unwanted materials.

If you have signed up for a #CraftBlogClub Spring Clean challenge before we would have arranged for you to receive a surprise package in the post and given you the details of someone to send a crafty parcel to.  This year we thought we would give this a go, it might work, it might not, but either way it will be a bit of fun.

All we ask is that you don't charge for the items. We suggest that the person sending the items covers the postal cost unless it is overseas or for large items, in which case you can agree who will cover this between you. 

This isn't an opportunity to sell items but to encourage us to look at your unused stash, have a spring clean and encourage one another to reuse and recycle. What might have been gathering dust in your stock might be just what another crafter is looking for. It's all just a bit of Spring Cleaning fun!

This has come at a perfect time for me as I desperately need to have a clear out so I can be more organised and get new storage for the craft den.  

If you have never joined us for a chat or it's been a while, it doesn't matter, everyone is welcome.  We hope to see you for the #CraftBlogClub 2017 Spring Clean on Tuesday 4th April 2017 from 7pm GMT.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show Ticket Winners!....

Winners of ticket giveaway

Drum roll please, and the winners are.....
  • @PoppyTinkerbell
  • Sharon @PaddingtonsPlace
  • Elaine @The Hungry Caterpillar
  • Lindsey @MissObleas
  • Jenny @gingerbread_mum

Please email me your postal address so I can send you your tickets.

You can check out all the details and plan your visit on the show's website.

Thank you to everyone who entered, Sorry if you didn't win. I wish I had enough tickets for you all.  You can still buy tickets if you would like to go, read on to find out more.... 


The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show takes place at ExCeL London, on 20th -22nd April 2017.
Opening times 10am - 4.30pm (5pm Saturday)
Tickets are priced....
Adult £12.00 (£10.00 Advance Price*)
Senior £11.00 (£9.00 Advance Price*)
Children are free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6.00
*Complete your order before 5:00pm on 17 April 2017 to receive discounted prices.

Monday, 6 March 2017

New Mother's Day cards now available....

Don't forget Mother's day is on 26th March 2017 and I've a selection of new designs available in my shop.....

New for 2017! 

Last year I tried my hand at calligraphy and I'm so excited to be able to introduce this into my range of cards. I've designed variations of a pretty, floral design as a contrast to the funny quote....

Mum you are great Funny handmade Mother's Day Card

The following two cards were created using watercolour and stamping techniques....

Mum you are great funny handmade Mother's Day Card

Mum you are great funny handmade Mother's Day card

I have also restocked this popular design....

Happy Mother's Day from your favourite child card

What do you think?

To see the full available range visit my shop.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Stitching, Sewing & HobbyCrafts Show Ticket Giveaway....

Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts returns to the ExCeL in London for three days from 20th - 22nd April 2017 and I have teamed up with ICHF Events to offer five lucky winners a pair of tickets to this fantastic show!

There will be over 100 exhibitors bringing the latest craft supplies for sewing, knitting, crochet, papercraft, jewellery making and more! The show is being described as a "Crafter's Paradise". I know I can't wait to stock up!

The show is the perfect place to find the very latest ideas, innovations and products from the world of creative craft.  There will also be demonstrations, inspirational advice from the experts, special features and Make & Take workshops giving plenty of inspiration and new ideas. You can find all the details of the show on their website here.

How to enter....

There are a number of ways to enter the Stitching,Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show ticket giveaway, and each one will be counted as one entry, so do all four and you will be entered four times!
  • Tell me why you want to win in the comments below. 
  • Follow me on Twitter and tell me why you want to win. Please use the hashtag #StitchHobbyfizzi and tag me @fizzijayne otherwise I can't count it.
  • Give fizzi~jayne makes.... Facebook page a like and share the giveaway post.
  • Head over to the fizzijayne Instagram, follow and give the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts post a like and let me know why you would love to win the tickets. (You'll also find a bonus entry over there too!).
The deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) on 9th March 2017. The giveaway is only open to UK entrants, sorry my international chums!

The five winners will be picked at random and announced on 10th March 2017.

Good luck!

Read on for full T&C's and info about the show....

The Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show takes place at ExCeL London, on 20th -22nd April 2017.
Opening times are 10am - 4.30pm (5pm Saturday). Tickets are priced....
Adult £12.00 (£10.00 Advance Price*)
Senior £11.00 (£9.00 Advance Price*)
Children are free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £6.00
*Complete your order before 5:00pm on 17 April 2017 to receive discounted prices

Terms and Conditions 
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only . The tickets are valid for entry to the show at the ExCeL, London on one of these dates - 20th, 21st OR 22nd April 2017. Deadline for entries is 8pm (GMT) on 9th March 2017. The five lucky winners will be picked at random using and announced on 10th March 2017 on this blog. This competition is for a pair of tickets ONLY and does not include any expenses.

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