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Dates for 2017:-

Creative Crafts Go East
Saturday 14th October 2017 at Gateshead Leisure Centre

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 About Initial J Creative Crafts

Initial J Creative Crafts Gateshead October 2017 Leaflet

Creative Crafts is an established event organised by Initial J and was originally an off shoot from Pins & Needles and Creative Crafts for Christmas.

At Initial J we pride ourselves in understanding the needs of both the exhibitor and visitor and our aim is to put together Creative Events for all to enjoy. Established in 1998 organising the first ever Pins & Needles, customer feedback showed the north east needed a regional show to have a good variety of needlework and craft interests bringing some of the best companies to Newcastle with a varied supply of components and expertise.

It is interesting to look back over the years to see how trends change, in 1998 needlework was very much in demand, then around 2005 there was a massive increase in interest in paper crafts with many of our exhibitors adapting their product range to suit the trend. I am convinced that in a few years time we will go a full circle and see an increase in demand for needlework especially with programmes like the sewing bee.

Creative Crafts are one day events held in the spring and Autumn at Gateshead Stadium and NEW for 2014 at Borderway Exhibition Hall, Carlisle and is made up of exhibitors both old and new selling “All things Crafty” from Paper crafts to Card Making Supplies, Beads, Buttons, Ribbons, Fabric, Patchwork & Quilting, Scrapbooking, Stamping, Glitter, Punches as well as promoting local crafts too. With a variety of craft projects on offer you can learn new ideas and techniques whilst watching on stand demonstrations.

Many of our exhibitors are firm favourites with our visitors and have exhibited with us for many years now, Samuel Taylors from Leeds, Craft Habitat “the punch magician” from London, JJD Cards from Birmingham, 1Craft1 from Lincoln, Art Craft & Glitter Greetings from Essex, RM Hobbies from Scotland, Debonair Designs and Wear Crafts to name just a few.

Our last events were:-

Creative Crafts Go East & West
Saturday 15th October 2016 at Gateshead Leisure Centre
Sunday 16th October 2016 at Borderway Exhibition Hall, Carlisle

Creative Crafts
Creative Crafts Saturday 2nd April 2016 at Gateshead Leisure Centre NE8 4JA

Creative Crafts Go East & West
Saturday 17th October 2015, Gateshead Leisure Centre, NE8 4JA
Sunday 18th October 2015, Borderway Exhibition Hall, Carlisle. CA1 2RS

Bedlington Town Fair – Sunday 23rd August 2015
Initial J in association with Community Works organising the Craft & Food village.

Blyth Tall Ship Festival – Saturday 30th May 2015
Initial J in association with Community Works organising the Craft & Food Village.

Creative Crafts
Saturday 28th March 2015
Gateshead Leisure Centre. NE8 4JA

Creative Crafts Go East & West – 2 Shows 1 Weekend.
Saturday 18th October 2014 Gateshead Stadium &
Sunday 19th
 October 2014 Borderway Exhibition Hall, Carlisle.


At Initial J our motto is
“Our attention to detail and quality provides the perfect backdrop for successful results”