Join us at The Knitting & Stitching Show in the Upcycling Academy (plus we need volunteers)

23 Sep Join us at The Knitting & Stitching Show in the Upcycling Academy (plus we need volunteers)

The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace has been running annually since 1991 and has become the largest textile event in Europe (!) and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK. It’s loyal visitors come for inspiration, shopping and learning.

Thursday 13th October – Sunday 13th October. To find out more and book tickets, visit the WEBSITE


10th-13th October, Alexandra Palace, London

10th-13th October, Alexandra Palace, London


We are really proud to say that this year we will be part of The Upcycling Academy 10th-13th October. The inspiring (and a Craft Crush of ours) Barley Massey from Fabrications is heading it up. The Upcyling Academy aims to provoke a thought provoking, hands on learning into textile waste, creative upcycling and better fashion industry practices. It is a collaborative project delivered in conjunction with Fabrications, Traid, War on Want and this year we have been asked to joins the team too! 🙂 There will also be a joint shop attached to the Academy where you can buy all of our products (including our A Little Book of Craftivism & have it signed by Sarah if you fancy it)

All are welcome from large school and college groups as well as individuals and families!

If you’re a teacher this is the perfect place to bring your students – get them thinking while they’re being creative. We ask for a small donation to take part, but you’ll leave feeling fired up and crafty! The Upcycling partners have all contributed to a Teachers Resource Pack which will be available from this page from September. Upcycling is now located in the Panorama Room (turn right from the West Hall Corridor).


Exhibitors at Knitting & Stitching Show

Exhibitors at Knitting & Stitching Show


Inside the Upcycling Academy:

Consumption & Waste Reception: Welcome Point! Find out what the Upcycling Academy is all about and who is involved! Then pick up a garment (or 2) on Traid’s rails to upcycle.

Productive Line: Transform your garments in a variety of ways! Join the Fabrications and Traid team and try your hand at a range of creative upcycling technioques – chopping & changing, machine sewing – re construction and customisation, a reputable online pharmacy free motion embroidery and crazy patching, make a recycled rosette or make your own yarn from old clothes and use it on a variety of MACRO knitting tools and peg looms.

Be the Change – Find out about the ‘Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops’ campaign and the #minifashionprotest project with War on Want and The Craftivist Collective. Join in creating a beautiful giant petition challenging the ugly side of fashion. There will also be an exhibition depicting lots of mini fashion protests created this summer / autumn from all around the world!

To make our craftivism area & activity awesome we need volunteers:

Craftivist Collective needs your help Thursday 10th October to Sunday 13th October. Shifts are in groups of 2-3 craftivists to help participants with their craftivism activity. Shifts are full day 9:30am-6pm (Thursday 7:30pm). Half day: 9:30am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-6pm. Please contact us to get involved ASAP at

Basic craft skills needed (hand embroidery). No campaigning experience necessary. Just an enthusiasm for sweatshops campaigning and engaging the public.

We will provide:

  • A clear brief to your role as a craftivist for your half day or full day shift.
  • London transport costs & lunch expenses covered.
  • A free ticket to the Knitting & Stitching Show to enjoy in your free time.

We expect:

  • 1/2day to 1 day shift(s) more more if possible in Craftivist Collective area of Upcycling Academy at Knitting & Stitching show Between Thursday 10thOctober to Sunday 13th October. Shifts are full day 9:30am-6pm (Thursday 7:30pm). Half day: 9:30am-1:30pm & 1:30pm-6pm. Please contact us to get involved ASAP at


If that wasn’t enough Sarah Corbett is delivering a 1 hour Mini Protest Banner Workshop at the Learning Curve area. Please book here. Limited Spaces.

We hope to see you there & really appreciate your support and help x



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