We went to the new craft show at the NEC today. I’d been sent complimentary tickets so it seemed rude not to 😉
We got there for opening at 10am which was lucky as had we gone later, we’d have had to wait for hours to get in. The show was in one of the smaller halls and was absolutely rammed with people. I’ve been to many shows there and I’ve never experienced crowds like that. You could barely move!
We left just after 11.30 and saw a massive queue waiting to get in. They’d stopped people from entering presumably because it was a health and safety issue with so many people crammed into such a small area. The queue wound almost back to the entrance and there were still people coming in. Apparently they’d sent out 5000 complimentary tickets plus there were loads of people who’d bought tickets.
I’m thinking that they’d seriously underestimated how popular the show would be.
Still, I did get the one thing that I’d really wanted to get.
It’s called a Slidelock and I’m hoping that it’ll make it a lot easier for me to cut fabric. I still have problems with my shoulder so find it difficult to put enough pressure on a normal ruler when using the rotary cutter, so I end up with wonky cuts.
I got one or two other things as well. Stephen spotted this bag and persuaded me to get it. I’ve been after a messenger bag for a while but hadn’t found one that I really liked. This one has lots of pockets and compartments so it’ll be brilliant to take on holiday.
There were a few places that had quite a few cat-themed things and I was all over those. I got these which will be nice for making a small tote bag perhaps although Stephen has requested a cushion in one of them.
So overall, I think it was worth going but they really need to sort out the overcrowding if they’re going to do it again next year.