The LQ&N (Lacemaking, Quilting & Needlecraft) Christmas Fair, Solihull

Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 3rd December 2016
Where: Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4LE
How much: £7.50 for adults (under 14s free)

We are pleased to present for the second year, the Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair where you will find a vast array of specialist suppliers of threads, tools, and accessories all under one roof.

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.

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

Details of our exciting exhibitions for this years Fair


The Lace Society, Winter Wonderland

Imagine walking through a snowy pine forest on a crisp, dry morning. There are pine cones on the floor for the children to kick around, the ground is crisp beneath your feet, and your breath dances in wisps among the snowflakes that fall through the air around you. The atmosphere is magical…

This is the inspiration for The Lace Society’s Winter Wonderland-themed exhibition at the 2016 Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair.

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Join us to experience the exhibition which features an array of antique and vintage lace on simple green backgrounds to create a snowy, wintry atmosphere. The Lace Society will also be showcasing some more up-to-date lace using patterns recently redrafted with a modern twist by Sue Wiltshire. These will be added to the scene and crafted in white, silver and greens which adds dimension to the Winter Wonderland landscape.

If you feel inspired to make some of the items seen in the exhibition, The Lace Society will be selling accompanying pattern books at the Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair. Watch out for future pattern books in this new series over the next two years.



The Connected Textile Group

The Connected Textile Group consists of three textile and mixed media artists, Ann Cooke, Angie Hill and Lynda Monk. The formation of the group came about when the artists visited Coventry Cathedral and were so inspired by the atmosphere of the old Cathedral and the work in the new Cathedral that they felt compelled to create some textile pieces reflecting what they had seen.

The group made some enquiries at the Cathedral and, after showing examples of their past work and a draft of their ideas for an exhibit within the Cathedral, the Dean Dr. John Witcombe and his team were so impressed with the samples that he offered them the Chapel of Christ the Servant for the public display of their work.

Since then, the Connected Textile Group has given talks about their experience of exhibiting in the Cathedral. They continue to exhibit this and other work in various venues, and we are delighted to welcome them to the 2016 Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair at Cranmore.

You can find out more about the Connected Textile Group and its members – Ann Cooke, Angie Hill and Lynda Monk – at

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The Quilters Guild, Region 11 – “When fabric and thread meet”

Members of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles in Region 11 are delighted to be invited to share with you a display of the wide variety of styles of patchwork and quilting made by its members.

Enjoy the diversity through Modern, Art, and traditional pieces showing the variety of work that is being made today. Art quilts – mainly pictures – reflect the many techniques available to us. Modern quilts reflect the way technology is influencing the craft today. Traditional quilts reflect the time honoured techniques, patterns and quilting heritage. Some of our members have achieved national and international success. Enjoy the freedom of expression in the Young Quilters work done at local workshops, with our YQ reps, as well as the children’s original work.

The QGBI is an educational charity. The work of the Young Quilters demonstrates that the next generation are fascinated by fabric and thread, too.

The Quilters Guild is the leading organisation of patchworkers and quilters in the British Isles. It is open to all.

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Our LQ&N Christmas Fair 2016 Trade Exhibitors

You will be able to view and purchase from a vast array of craft products to the LQ&N Christmas Fair 2016. Many of these items are not available on the High Street and can only be purchased at fairs or online.


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The Makit LQ&N Christmas Fair 2016

The “Early Bird” ticket offer has now expired and tickets are now only available at £7.50 per ticket (minimum purchase 1 ticket)

If you want to avoid the ticket queue at this very popular event we suggest that you buy your ticket(s) in advance.

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 collected from the Ticket Collection Desk on entering the fair.

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.



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.

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