The Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair is set to inspire at The Dome at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park from June 28th to July 1st, 2023.
Grab your crafty friends and family and enjoy a vibrant tapestry of crafting brilliance, as this unique event highlights an array of talented crafters and their skills. This year, the fair has been extended to four days, giving visitors the opportunity to leisurely immersive themselves in the joy of creating!
Including a multitude of craft skills, such as knitting, crochet, quilting, papercraft, weaving, jewellery making, sewing, cross stitch, patchwork, and embroidery, the event aims to inspire all those who attend to get their creativity on. Get ready to unleash your imagination and let your creative juices flow at this incredible Craft & Quilt Fair!
Event highlights include:
Weavers from Bhutan
A team of weavers from Leki Textiles and Weaving Studio in Bhutan will be at the fair, displaying their work and demonstrating weaving techniques.
Bhutan has a long and diverse textile tradition, with weaving skills passed from parents and grandparents over the centuries. Examples of traditional Bhutanese woven basketry, scarves and kiras [dresses] and more will be on display at the fair.
The Apron Project
A display of colourful aprons, painted by prominent Australian artists, will be on display. There will be a free hands-on activity too, making a flower crown, using eucalyptus leaves and native flowers.
Since 2015, artists from across Australia and overseas have united to create works of art on aprons. Over 100 artists have presented more than 300 aprons, raised funds and awareness of the growing epidemic of Domestic and Family Violence. In 2023/24 The Apron Project is dedicated to underpinning the vital work of the Tangentyere Women’s Safety Group in Alice Springs.
The Australian Quilt Show
The 2023 Australian Quilt Show Challenge is a national competition for Australian quilters, running for the second year. There were seven categories to enter and a total of 32 prizes awarded. The Australian Quilt Show is a juried competition, and the 76 finalists’ quilts are touring the 2023 Craft & Quilt Fairs. The total prize pool is worth $32,000 including $20,000 in cash and three Janome machines, each valued at $3,999 RRP.
Visitors are invited to vote for their favourite quilt – a Viewers Choice prize of $250 awarded at each Craft & Quilt Fair. The Australian Quilt Show is sponsored by Janome and Expertise Events.
Aussie Hero Quilts
Aussie Hero Quilts is a registered Charity that encourages and coordinates volunteers from all around Australia to make quilts and laundry bags to give to our past and present veterans to make sure that they know that their service and the sacrifices they make are appreciated.
In the years since the organisation was founded in 2012, over 15,000 quilts and 33,000 laundry bags have been given to serving men and women here at home and all over the world. The oldest recipient is 100 years old and the youngest was 19 years old.
Wherever, whenever there is a need for support or a morale boost, Aussie Heroes tries to be there with a tangible reminder of the support our ADF deserves. Meet Jan-Maree Ball, the founder of Aussie Hero Quilts and find out more about what they do at the fair.
Guest artists at the fair include paper artist Jo Neville. Jo Neville’s studio is a world made of paper. Garlands, wreaths, doves, paper chandeliers, giant paper blooms, sweet little feathered birds, world globes, table centrepieces and vases of spring blooms are all made of paper.
Over the years, Jo has made gigantic paper props for store displays, shopping centre installations, wedding décor and corporate events. Jo is the founder and creative talent behind the bespoke paper creation business Paper Couture. Originally a corporate graphic designer, she has followed her passion to be an artist and carved a creative niche.
Commissions include creating a paper dinner set for Vogue Living, hundreds of pompoms for a fashion show, and thousands of flowers for functions. She has travelled overseas to paper shows in New York and Germany and has attended Parisian trade fairs to observe trends. She sources papers from local and international merchants, as well as having a talent for recycling unlikely pieces from atlases, sheet music, foreign language newspapers and wallpapers.
Jo will share her papercraft skills at the fair and visitors are invited to make a paper bloom for a dress on display. There will be other wonderful paper possibilities to be enjoyed, including paper dahlia and rose flower-making Workshops on Wednesday and Saturday of the fair.
The theme of the 2023 AQC Challenge – In Full Bloom – is clear, yet still open to various interpretations and the results must be seen to be believed! Entries from all over Australia, plus New Zealand and Spain, feature traditional designs and contemporary styles too. The finalists’ quilts premiered at the 2023 Australian Quilt Convention earlier this year. Craft & Quilt Fair visitors can appreciate the fabulous, joyful results of the finalists’ works too. There are 30 finalist quilts on display at the fair, including the winners’ quilts for First Place, Runner Up and Viewers Choice.
- When: June 28 – July 1, 10am to 4pm, Wednesday – Saturday
- Where: The Dome, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
- Tickets: Book your tickets here.