The Creative Living Theatre

Take a seat in the Creative Living Theatre to see daily demos from your favourite sewing celebrities and knitting experts, plus a catwalk show or two.

Sessions are free to attend. View the timetable below.

Our popular theatre programme is packed with an eclectic mix of demonstrations to excite and inspire you. This year we have demos ranging from needle felting to an introduction to crochet, patchwork techniques, craft and dressmaking projects.

These fun 30 minute demonstrations provide the ideal opportunity to sit and learn about a new technique or craft in a relaxed atmosphere. Completely free to attend, just come along and take a seat.

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2022 Highlights

Wendy Dolan_Creative Stitched Textiles

Creative Stitched Textiles
with Wendy Dolan

In this illustrated talk, Wendy will explore the exciting world of stitched textiles. She will share her techniques of layering, painting and stitching, encouraging you to experiment at home. Considering where ideas come from and the importance of design she will guide you through her creative process. The talk will be illustrated with examples showing the many ways these techniques can be applied, from pictures and wall hangings to wedding garments and large scale commissions. 

Jill Kipnis

The Community Jubilee Textile Collage Project
with Jill Kipnis

Come and listen to the story of this wonderful local community project bringing people together through stitch. Jill Kipnis was asked by Stitch N13, a local haberdashery business to put together a project to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Come and see and hear about the piece created and how dementia patients, children on free school meals to the girl guides got involved to create a piece of history in fabric. The project was funded by the arts council of England hoping to encourage everyone to get crafting.

Nadie Rein double sided beret

Double Sided Beret - Wet Felting on a Resist
with Nadia Rein

Nadia will be working with resists in felting and share the basics of the layering wool tops for delicate projects. She will create two contrast decors on a merino wool base using fibres of silk, plant fibres, silk fabric, silk noil and yarn. This is an ‘Air’ felting technique of wet felting as opposed to rolling.

Boys Sew Too

Boys Sew Too
Hosted with Stuart Hillard

This Boys Sew Too fashion show is to showcase men and boys sewing projects and their own home sewn clothes. The BST movement was started by Clive Bruder, inspired by Rob Dawson who we sadly lost this year. Rob constantly inspired others to take up sewing, especially men and boys, so this fashion show is dedicated to him and his family. The Boys Sew Too movement to encourage men and boys of all ages to get on a sewing machine and CREATE continues to grow. This inaugural show is hosted by TV legend and author Stuart Hillard. It will also feature some familiar TV faces such as sewing bee stars Mark Francis, Adam Brooks and this year’s contestants Richie Wedge and Mitch Bridgwater among others. So come along and cheer on the models with their makes and join in the movement of #boyssewtoo.

Jean Littlejohn Tossed upon cloudy seas

Jan and Jean in Conversation
with Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn

Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn didn’t relax during Lockdown. These two renowned and talented textile artists took advantage of the time to each create a new series of work. Here they will share their ‘Lockdown’ work, including two award winning pieces, in a slide show and chat, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.