Monday, 16 November 2015

Crafts For Christmas Extravaganza with ICHF

You will have seen recently on my social media ramblings that I had the pleasure of visiting the ICHF Crafts for Christmas show at the NEC in Birmingham. Not only did I return with an eagerness to get Christmas underway (yes yes I know!) but I was totally inspired by new projects, craft supplies and products. I met lots of lovely new people as well as catching up with some familiar faces and ICHF did not fail in putting on yet another great event. Festive offerings all round, Christmas displays and a live band. I was not disappointed.
ICHF Crafts for Christmas

One of the most impressive things at the Crafts for Christmas show had to be the giant knitted Christmas tree and gingerbread house! Designed and created by Ann and Alison Murray, both were community based projects. They have been put to good use by raising funds for lots of different charities and the house has even toured in Paris and Bangkok! You can find out more about these truly amazing projects at
Giant Knitted Christmas Tree and Gingerbread House
There were lots of workshops to get involved in on each day and children were not excluded with Jumping Clay being on hand to help make these little 'hangies'. The British Origami Society was also there with a big Christmas display and a penguin scene. They were happy to show visitors how to make various origami projects and I came home with a (squashed) origami penguin and butterfly. Maybe I will have to look this one up to remind myself. 
Jumping Clay
The British Origami Society
There was no shortage of beautiful and inspiring displays. One of the loveliest looking stands was by Anna Marie Designs who went for a vintage style. There were also lots of demonstrations going on and I loved these paper flowers being created by Hazel of Crafters Companion. I also found these beautiful cards being created by Christina Griffiths of Spellbinders.
Anna Marie Designs
Crafters Companion
It was great to see what kinds of Christmas themed supplies the exhibitors had to offer. I met the ladies at Bee Crafty, found some lovely Christmas themed ribbons and fabrics at the 'Sew n Sew' stand and I caught up with lovely ladies of Pin it and Stitch. Crafts North Wales were also there with these lovely baby keepsake boxes and knitted tree pictures and I will be catching up with them on the blog at some point.
Bee Crafty
Sew n Sew
Pin in and Stitch
Crafts North Wales
To be certain you were prepared for sending all the lovely gifts you would acquire at the show, there were plenty of gift wrapping options! Create it With Ribbon were on hand with their very beautiful displays selling all sorts of ribbon. Presentin showcased their brand new product which I thought were quite fun for giving gifts of 'obvious' shapes or even for table or party favours. You just popped your gift in the tin, placed the bottom on (which was then permanently fixed) and the recipient has to undo the tin with a pully. They also had some customisable tin wraps to decorate them.
Create it with Ribbon
Be sure to keep an eye out for my top picks of the crafty kits and handmade gifts that I found at the ICHF Crafts for Christmas show. If you haven't already subscribed to Mrs Crafty B, you can do so below so you never miss a post! 

Amongst the crowds of excited Christmas crafters will have been the competition winners who won their tickets via the Mrs Crafty B blog. I do hope all ten of them had a good time! Did you go to the ICHF Crafts for Christmas shows? What was your favourite part? What goodies did you find? 
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