The LQ&N (Lacemaking, Quilting & Needlecraft) Fair 2017, Peterborough


When: 10am-4pm, Sunday 7th May 2017
Where: The Peterborough Arena, East of England Show Ground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE
How much: £6.00 for adults (under 14s free)

Discover an unrivalled selection of threads, materials, tools, accessories and specialist items for your textile crafting – all under one roof

Set within the spacious Peterborough Arena, spend a leisurely Sunday browsing thousands of lacemaking, quilting and needlework accessories from national and regional suppliers.

Whether you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a seasoned crafter, we’re sure you’ll be delighted by the sheer scope and possibilities for your own projects. Many of the products are usually only available online and can’t be found on the High Street.

The Craft Haven and Guild Village areas are both back by popular demand, giving you the chance to discover the work of some of the UK’s most talented textile craft professionals and watch them create their latest projects.

You’ll also be able to find out more about the various craft guilds, including information about your local branches and the guilds’ activities.

This year’s LQ&N Fair will include The Big Stitch (see below), a world-record attempt open to younger visitors, age 16 and under, so do bring your children and grandchildren along to take part.

Parking is free and, unlike other fairs, there’s plenty of space for you to move around and take your time browsing each stall. There’s also a relaxing café area where you can take time out for a chat and refreshments.



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Visit this dedicated area of the fair to see talented craft professionals demonstrate their skill, and get tips and guidance to improve your own work. With a chance to see award-winning work and talk about the techniques and materials behind it, The Craft Haven will be the place to fire your imagination and find inspiration from fellow textile craft enthusiasts

Angela Daymond, Kantha stitching & natural dyes

Angela Daymond, textile artist portrait

We are delighted to welcome Angela Daymond as an exhibitor at the 2017 Makit LQ&N Fair.


Angela is an experienced tutor and has taught at all the major stitching shows around the UK as well as teaching internationally; she also travels to quilting and embroidery groups. In 2015, she brought out her first range of Kantha kits and a Kantha book and, in 2016, released her first DVD on natural dyeing. Angela appears regularly on Create and Craft TV. She is excited to be demonstrating for the first time at a Makit Fair and will have her latest range of kits with her.

Come and meet Angela as she demonstrates her love of natural dyes and Kantha stitching. If you are new to any of these techniques, she will be showing how relaxing and addictive they can be. Kantha stitching is based on using a running stitch to create representational and abstract images onto fabric. She will have lots of her work on display to inspire you. Angela will also be stitching onto fabrics that she has dyed naturally with plants, giving unique and individual results. Enjoy demonstrations throughout the day highlighting how she achieves her stunning results.

To see more of Angela’s work, visit


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Anna Winter, Danish whitework

Anna Winter, textile artist portrait

Anna Winter is a trained scientist who has loved crafts and needlework since her grandmother taught her how to knit and thread a needle at the age of four. She learned how to make bobbin lace in her teens under the expert tutelage of May Arnfield and, at a lace day in the early 1990s, heard a talk on Danish Whitework that inspired her to bring the two mediums together.

Anna now uses traditional methods to create traditional Danish Whitework and lace designs, as well as those with a more contemporary twist. She works full-time but also teaches bobbin lace (both English and Continental) and Danish Whitework to all levels.

Danish Whitework was originally used for household items as well as on clothing because it’s such a durable form of embroidery. Anna’s exhibition will show how her designs and kits consist of everything from mats and coasters to cushions, bags, needlework accessories and even Christmas decorations.

See how colour, beads and bobbin lace can add tone, dimension and drama, or be inspired by Anna’s embroidered chessboard that is the basis for her book, “Your Move into Danish Whitework – An Embroidered Chessboard”.

Anna hopes her ideas and kits will inspire those who have already worked with other Whitework techniques, as well as encourage those of you who are newcomers to this wonderful craft.


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Annette Morgan, Adding embellishment to textile work

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Annette Morgan is an international award-winning quilt maker, teacher, author and qualified quilt judge. She has held various posts within the Quilters’ Guild, including Vice President and President (2001-3) and founded Contemporary Quilt, a specialist interest group of the Quilters’ Guild.

Annette has also featured in all of the British patchwork publications, including The Quilter and The Journal of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

We are delighted that Annette will be joining us at this year’s LQ&N fair to demonstrate how to use an embellishing machine to add texture to textile work and how to add additional embellishment with free machine embroidery. This will include using silks, velvets, and wool and silk tops.

Some of Annette’s current work was inspired and based upon the area where she lives – Thetford Forest – and the historical Elizabethan period, looking at flowers and organic shapes.

You can see some examples of Annette’s work at or keep up-to-date with her blog at


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Gina Barrett, Gina-B Silkworks

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Gina Barrett specialises in passementerie, the art of making elaborate trimmings or edgings, and has provided buttons and trimmings for theatre, film, museums, tailors, costumiers, designers and artists for nearly 20 years. She is also a trained illustrator, published author and has produced a range of passementerie instructional DVDs.

In 2016, Gina challenged herself to create and post a new, handmade passementerie button to social media every day. You can see the wonderful creations from her ‘One Button a Day 2016’ project at

Gina will be exhibiting within the Craft Haven at this year’s Makit LQ&N Fair as Gina-B Silkworks. Her stand will feature a range of button-making products and give you a chance to view the ‘One Button a Day’ creations up close. As you’ll see, some are based on actual historic buttons, while others are totally new designs.

From a maker’s point of view, textile buttons are the perfect way to create something intricate and challenging without spending days on a project. Small and portable, they can act as a sampler to new ideas and techniques. They also fulfil the need to create when real life gets in the way of larger projects.

Gina will be demonstrating button making and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase kits, books and other materials to get you started on this very addictive craft.

You can see some examples of Gina’s work at


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Jennifer Macpherson, Bobbin lace jewellery

Jenny McPherson, Lace Jewellry

A founding member of The 98 Lace Group, Jennifer Macpherson starting teaching bobbin lacemaking classes in the 1980s and continues to hold workshops across the country.

For over 30 years, Jennifer has attracted acclaim and critical praise for her bobbin lace workshops and exhibition pieces.

Jennifer has always enjoyed creating lace items that can be worn. After making traditional white lace in the form of collars and jabots, she began to experiment and make pieces that could be worn as jewellery.

Having successfully gained City & Guilds, parts one and two, and been awarded the silver medal for her work, Jennifer became more adventurous and less traditional with her creations, working with a variety of threads and myriad of colours.

Jennifer will be joining us in the Craft Haven to demonstrate some of the techniques she uses to create elegant and bold bobbin lace jewellery.

You can find out more about Jennifer Macpherson and her work at


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Kathleen Laurel Sage, Textile artist and designer

Kathleen Laurel Sage, textile artist

Kathleen Laurel Sage is a freelance textile artist and self-described ‘machine-aholic’. She designs and makes see-through panels, fashion accessories and dimensional structures by layering organza fabrics between water-soluble film. She then machine embroiders her designs through the layers and works reverse appliqué on them before using a soldering iron to remove fabric to give a cut-work lacy look to the finished panel.

Kathleen teaches the many machine embroidery techniques she uses within her work nationally and abroad. She has also created several online TV workshops as well as writing a number of books on the subject and contributing to many national craft magazines.

Come and see her on her stand in the Craft Haven where Kathleen will be demonstrating all day. She welcomes you to come by for a chat and to purchase a kit from her varied selection available for all levels of machinist. Choose from Flower panels, Butterfly and bird panels, flower brooches and so much more. Kathleen will also be promoting her newest book on machine embroidered projects and demonstrating many of the techniques she uses.

You can see some stunning examples of Kathleen’s work at


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Kay Dennis

Kay Dennis, stumpwork embroidery

Stumpwork – also known as Raised Embroidery – brings together different materials and embroidery techniques to ‘tell a contemporary story in stitch using three-dimensional elements’ (Royal College of Needlework).

Kay Dennis is one of the most skilled and experienced Stumpwork artists in the UK, as well as a designer, tutor and author. She has recently been developing a range of techniques to add further three-dimensional and free-standing elements to her embroidery for a greater sense of realism, depth and interest.

Join her in the Craft Haven as she demonstrates her expert techniques, and explains more about this intricate, historic and beautiful style of embroidery.

You can see some examples of Kay’s work at


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The craft guilds play a huge role in promoting and raising the profile of textile crafts nationwide. They provide a platform for people to exhibit and discuss their work, as well as producing regular publications and holding educational conferences.

In this area of the fair you’ll be able to chat with representatives of the various guilds, find out about their plans for the forthcoming year and discuss what’s going on at both a local and national level.


Confirmed so far are national representatives from:

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Exhibitions at LQ&N 2017 Fair

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Come and say hello to the next generation!


The Next Generation exhibition shines a spotlight on the young in textile art. It will feature over 60 examples of original embroidery created by young embroiderers from the East Midlands and East Anglia – all members of the Embroiderers’ Guild Young Embroiderers sections and aged between eight and sixteen years.

All of the pieces demonstrate the skills, innovation, originality and enthusiasm that young people bring to embroidery today. We are particularly excited to display the incredible artwork produced by the Norwich Young Embroider Group depicting a panorama of the historic buildings surrounding Swaffham market square. This was the winning entry in the National Young Embroiderers’ Competition 2016.

You are invited to vote for the young artist that you would like to see crowned The Next Generation winner on the day. Three prizes will be presented by Kay Dennis, Chair of the Embroiderers’ Guild South East Region at 3.30pm, so make sure you place your vote before 3.00pm to give the Embroiderers’ Guild time to count the results.

Our young embroiderers are the future of this beloved art form, so please do come along and support the next generation.


The Big Stitch

Under 16? We’d love you to take part in the Big Stitch, an exciting world record attempt organised by the Embroiderers’ Guide at the 2017 LQ&N Fair.

This year, young embroiders have been working together to create what we hope will be the world’s longest embroidery. Already in excess of 600 metres, we need your help to take it to 800 metres or longer.

You can make your mark by adding your hand stitches (no sewing machines allowed!) to the Big Stitch, which will be exhibited when it’s complete.

Don’t worry if you’re new to embroidery – there will be experienced embroiderers on hand to help, guide and instruct you, and we’ll even provide the materials. The Big Stitch is all about having fun and seeing how even the smallest contribution is part of a beautiful and lasting creation.

You’ll receive a certificate recording your individual participation so why not take some time out to unleash your inner creativity and help us to smash a world record?

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Our LQ&N 2017 Exhibitors

Exhibitors’ bookings are coming in thick and fast, not only from existing favourites, but many new exhibitors presenting new ranges, new textile crafts and opportunities to buy. If you are a craft supplier and would like to know more about exhibiting at the 2017 LQ&N Fair – or one of our other fairs – click here to find out more and secure your booking.

Confirmed trade exhibitors

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The Makit LQ&N 2017 Fair – buying your Tickets

Early bird discounted tickets deadline has now closed. Ticket purchases for the Makit LQ&N Fair can be done by telephone and collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the fair – call 01354 65 44 44 or 01354 65 05 00. Alternatively, you can purchase on the day at the ticket desk!

How to purchase tickets for our upcoming events:

Tickets for forthcoming events are on sale from Makit at all of our fairs – Click here for details of upcoming events.

Tickets for forthcoming events can be purchased online with payment via PayPal and then collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the Fair, at which time you will be asked to provide your ‘confirmation of order’ email. Alternatively, tickets may be sent to your address by post at an additional cost of £0.70 to cover postage – Click here to buy your tickets online.

You can also contact us by telephone on 01354 65 44 44 or 01354 65 05 00 to make a ticket payment by credit or debit card.
Tickets ordered by phone may be sent to your address by post at an additional charge of £0.70 to cover postage or collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the fair.



Peterborough Arena Map

It is easy to find. Parking is free with easy access!

The LQ&N 2017 Fair will be clearly signposted from all approach routes.

From the A1 North: Exit the A1 at Alwaton and continue through the village and onto the A605 turning left towards Peterborough. At the first roundabout turn right into the East of England Showground and follow the signs to LQ&N 2017.

From the A1 South: Continue past the Peterborough Service Area and exit onto the A605 turn left towards Peterborough and at the first roundabout turn right into the East of England Showground and follow the signs to LQ&N 2017.

From the A47 East: Exit onto the A1139 Fletton Parkway and continue to its junction with the A1M. Turn right onto the A1 onto the A605 turn left towards Peterborough and at the first roundabout turn right into the East of England Showground and follow the signs to LQ&N 2017.

Within the East of England Showground parking for the less able, coaches, exhibitors and visitors will be clearly signposted.

Click here for detailed directions from your location