Downton Abbey costumes on display at crafts show - win tickets

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THE Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts Show returns to the SECC next month.

And no fewer than 10 of our readers will each win a pair of free tickets.

If you’ve long had a notion to take up a craft but not known where to start, this is the perfect show for you.

Fans of the hit ITV drama Downton Abbey will also have a big reason to attend as there will be a showcase of beautiful costumes seen on TV. Attendees at the show will get to see a number of outfits from the first series, as worn by actresses including Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGoven and Penelope Wilton.

Continuing the heritage theme, the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles will present its Romance of Words display, inspired by the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Each quilt presents its maker’s interpretation of the subject.

The Sewing Hub will provide a haven for dressmakers and style fans on the lookout for ways to create unique designs without blowing the budget, while The Stitch Diva’s Den will help you reinvent your wardrobe and the Pattern Bar will provide new patterns and inspiration.

Newcomers to dressmaking and experienced hobbyists alike will be able to get useful hints and tips from the Sewing Machine Clinic.

Knitting expert Elena Costella, editor of Knitting magazine and the owner of the Yarn & Fibre studio in Bridgend, will offer her expertise at the Knitting Lounge, which also offers the chance to relax and knit in the comfortable surroundings of the show.

Each day of the show will feature a free catwalk fashion show, hosted by Cardonald College and featuring designs by Rachel Powell, Val Hughes and Erika Knight and more.

For details of how to take part in our easy-to-enter competition, pick up a copy of your News and Chronicle - out now!