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When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 2nd December 2017
Where: Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4LE
How much: £8.00 for adults (under 14s free)
Doors open at 9.30 am for early visitors to use the rest facilities and enjoy a visit to the Coffee shop


We are pleased to present for the third year, the Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair where you will find a vast array of specialist suppliers of threads, tools, fabrics and accessories all under one roof and which promises to be the best Christmas Fair yet!

Whether you’re a passionate lacemaker, quilter or practice another textile craft altogether, you’re bound to find supplies for your latest projects – just imagine how convenient it will be to stock up without having to scour the internet for what you need and to be able to see and feel before you buy.

Like all Makit Fairs, the LQ&N Christmas Fair is being held in a fantastic venue that offers easy access and plenty of space for all the stall holders. This means that they can display a wider range of stock and carry out demonstrations, while you will have the space to browse each stall without being crushed and pushed along by the crowd. Why not stock up on Christmas presents for the fellow crafters in your life?

To make this the perfect day out for you and your family, we have added two major exhibitions by 98 Lace and the Embroiderers Guild each of which displays inspirational work of originality, great skill – and which must be viewed by our visitors.

Our 2016 Fair was a resounding success, there was a fabulous atmosphere and buzz in the room at Cranmore Park – why not see for yourself in our gallery:

** Click here to view our gallery of images capturing the day **


To find out more about this unmissable event in the crafter’s calendar, click on the buttons below:

Exhibitions at the Makit Christmas Fair






98 Lace at the Makit Christmas Fair 2017

Earlier in 2017, fifteen members of 98 Lace – a fellowship of lace makers working across a range of textile techniques – created the ‘Colour Coded’ exhibition. This was both shown at and inspired by the Carthusian priory at Mount Grace, now a popular English Heritage site in North Yorkshire.

Through ‘Colour Coded’, you will have the opportunity to see how the site, its story, landscape, architecture, the Carthusian way of life, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the rebirth of Mount Grace as a country house all inspired the artists.

The pieces in the exhibition draw on all of the senses, from the scented herbs in the monk’s gardens to the elegant influence of William Morris’ Arts and Crafts designs, or from the notes and words of sacred music to the vivid splash of blood spilt on a fallen arch during the dissolution.

As we’ve come to expect from 98 Lace, the lace work is finished to an exceptionally high standard and brimming with originality and layers of technique and meaning within each design. The combination of traditional and modern lace making techniques fits perfectly with Mount Grace’s transition from monastery to country house.

If you missed the original ‘Colour Coded’ exhibition, this is the perfect opportunity to see it first-hand.

Also from 98 Lace…

Keeping on the theme of ‘Colour Coded’, 98 Lace will also be exhibiting, for the first time, a display of rings of various sizes to which most members contributed. Each member of the group was asked to fill the ring with lace – any design or type – but all with the same colour palette. Although the designs vary hugely and reflect the individuality of each artist, there is a wonderful sense of cohesion and shared purpose within the colours of the designs.

Last but not least, 98 Lace is giving you another chance to see a previous exhibition entitled ‘Triangles’ that was first shown at Wisbech in 2014.

We hope you enjoy this exhibition of work by members of 98 Lace, which shows the diversity of design and talent within the group.

About 98 Lace


98 Lace is a fellowship of lacemakers with varied textile backgrounds, united by a common goal of giving contemporary lace a livelier public profile. The group was set up in 1998, with the aim of inspiring members to produce original work, pushing forward the traditional boundaries while demonstrating the relevance of lace today. Members are distributed throughout the British Isles, and beyond.






‘Ruby Squares’ by the Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild

Members of the Solihull Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild – with some contributions from the Birmingham branch too – may not be painting the town red at the Makit Christmas Fair, but they will be stitching it ruby to celebrate the branch’s 40th anniversary.

The Solihull branch have organised a wide range of events and activities to mark their Ruby Celebrations during the membership year of August 2017 to August 2018. We are thrilled to be the first to exhibit the branch’s ‘Ruby Squares’ exhibition as part of these celebrations.

‘Ruby Squares’ is a truly astounding accomplishment, highlighting the breadth of talent found within today’s Guilds. To create ‘Ruby Squares’, each branch member stitched an eight-inch square featuring their own unique design. The only rules for the exhibition were that each square should be 70% red in colour and made using their favourite technique(s).

The resulting ‘Ruby Squares’ will be displayed together as a large wall hanging. Having seen a sneak preview of the exhibition – and been bowled over by it – we can safely say that ‘Ruby Squares’ showcases an exciting fusion of traditional, fine hand stitching with bold, contemporary machine work. It will be a must-see feature of the Makit Christmas Fair.

To complement the display, the Guild will also be exhibiting a retrospective of work in both 2D and 3D.

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About the Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild


The Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild branch is open to beginners as well as those who already stitch or who are interested in textiles and textile art. The branch has an active contingent of young embroiderers, known as the ‘JETS’, who meet on a monthly basis.





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Our LQ&N Christmas Fair 2017 Trade Exhibitors

You will be able to view and purchase from a vast array of craft products to the LQ&N Christmas Fair 2017. Many of these items are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased at fairs or online.

We would like to welcome some additional exhibitors to our suppliers list:
Beaker Button, Eau Brink Studio, The Cotton Patch, Kate Andre Textiles


  • Jenny Hester
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  • Margaret Wall Lace Bobbins
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  • Material Creations
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  • Patan Crafts
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  • Reg Besant
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The Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair 2017


The early bird discounted tickets deadline has now ended. You may purchase your tickets online for £8.00
– if you are part of a group, get in touch to find out about our group booking discounts.

How to purchase your tickets:

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

Payment by cash or card

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.

Purchase online

Tickets may also 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.

To ensure the security of ticket collection, you will be asked to state your name and address postcode. If tickets are to be collected by a third party, the name and address postcode of the individual collecting the tickets is to be stated at the time of ordering.

Group Bookings

Should you wish to organise a coach party to visit any of our Fairs, we have some very generous ticket deals for parties of 10 or more persons. Please contact us on 01354 650500 to find out what we can offer, alternatively email us with your requirements and we will contact you with information.



Cranmore Park is a fantastic easy-to-find venue with free parking and excellent access!

The LQ&N Christmas Fair 2017 will be clearly sign posted from the A34.

From the North West M6 via North Birmingham – Leave M6 at junction 4A for M42 South.

From the North East via M1 – Leave M1 at junction 23A for A42 Birmingham the A42 leads into M42.

From the South West via M5 – Leave M5 at junction 4A for M42.

From the South, M40 – Leave M40 for M42 North -Follow signs to NEC and Birmingham Airport – Leave M42 at junction 4 for A34 Birmingham.

From the South East, M1 – Leave M1 at junction 19 for M6 – Leave M6 at junction 4 for M42 South.

From all routes M42 Junction 4 – Exit to the A34 Stratford Road follow signs for Birmingham.
At the fourth island, turn right onto Cranmore Boulevard. At the second mini roundabout, turn right onto Highlands Road. Then take the first left into Cranmore Avenue.