Last Sunday I visited CHSI Stitches at the NEC in Birmingham. It is Europe's No.1 creative craft trade show and the perfect opportunity to catch up with all the leading fabric manufacturers and see first hand their new collections. Among my favourites were Lewis & Irene www.lewisandirene.com and their Island Girl collection. The Craft Cotton Company www.craftcotton.com were causing quite a stir with their Peter Rabbit range but the product licensing issues are such a headache for a small manufacturer. Also Makower UK www.makoweruk.com . The show was packed demonstrating how popular crafting is in the UK. Back to the workshop!