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Craft Hobby+Stitch International in Birmingham


Craft Hobby + Stitch International, Europe’s largest dedicated trade show for the art, craft,
needlecraft and hobby sector, celebrated its 40th show at the NEC, Birmingham from Sunday 15th till
Tuesday 17th February 2015.
Commemorating 40 years at the centre of the creative industry, Craft Hobby + Stitch International Spring 2015 showcased over 250 suppliers and thousands of products from across the globe as well
as providing inspiration, education and networking opportunities to visiting international business professionals.
Troy Bennett, ICHF Ltd Show Director, says, “Reaching 40 years is an amazing milestone. We are very proud of Craft Hobby + Stitch International and of the creative craft industry that has supported us over the years. We are looking ahead to the next 40 years with new ideas and plans!” New for 2015 was a Trends Area presenting the latest innovations and new products. CHSI also offered over 100 hours of free workshops and seminars. Business Advice Centre
provided free professional advice on how to grow your business.
Creativity on the Catwalk was bring the latest yarns, colours, designs and fashion fabrics to life on the catwalk runway.

40 years of Craft, Hobby + Stitch International:
The Timeline

1976 – The first International Craft & Hobby
Fair incorporating Stitches was held at Wembley
International Conference centre in October and was
opened by Una Stubbs
1985 – The International Craft & Hobby Fair changes
its name to Stitches
1986 – Stitches moves to NEC, Birmingham
2005 – Stitches changes its name to Craft Hobby +
Stitch International
2008 – Bright Sparks Pavilion introduced
2010 – Creativity on the Catwalk introduced
2014 – Craft Hobby + Stitch International Autumn
launched at ExCeL, London
2015 – 40th anniversary CHSI

For more information please contact Jo Holdom
at One Voice Media & PR on 44 (0)1392 278801 or