Fair for craft fans makes its debut

Last updated 12:00 13/02/2013

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An arts and crafts dabbler's delight is due to touch down in Palmerston North on Valentine's Day - being hosted by the city for the first time after it snared the show from Auckland.

The Australasian Craft and Quilt Fair will stop in Palmerston North and Hamilton only, showcasing four full days of stitching and scrapbooking, with supplies, shows and workshops to fulfil arts and craft lovers to their hearts' content.

The Cloth Shop owner Katherine Gough will be selling her wares at the event and said it was a coup for the city to host the fair.

Organisers researching places to hold the event passed over previous host Auckland, reckoning Palmerston North would attract more punters.

"There seems to be a lot of people really interested and it is exciting that they're coming to Palmerston North because it is a hub for other areas. You can get here in two hours from other places [such as] New Plymouth, Wellington, Hawke's Bay and Whanganui," she said.

The Craft and Quilt Fair will be housed at Arena Manawatu from February 14 and throughout the weekend, finishing on Sunday, February 17.

More than 45 classes will be on offer daily. Arts and crafts fans will be able to try their hands at cardmaking, scrapbooking, stamping, quilting, machine embroidery, jewellery making, textile art techniques and more, with help from experts touring with the fair.

The show includes an international quilt display, and Flight, an exhibition by the Professional Weavers Network.

Award-winning Australian artist Jane Davenport will also be demonstrating drawing and mixed media techniques. The "Colourplay" series, which features 144 quilts - all 12 inches square - by the Twelve by Twelve Group, will also be on display.

Craft supplies will also be for sale.

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- Manawatu Standard

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