Fans of all sorts of handicrafts will have the opportunity to meet some of the country’s favourite authors and take home one sign copy of their books. You will find the craft book signing area next to the Craft Theatre – and we area looking forward to welcoming such luminaries as Debbie Shore, Monica Russel and Sachiyo Ishii.

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Sachiyo Ishii

Sachiyo Ishii - Mini Knitted Woodland, Mini Knitted Ocean & Mini knitted Toys

01 APR - 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Sachiyo Ishii was a money broker in Wall Street and London before discovering the joy of crafting after her second son was born, and was very much influenced by the Steiner education system. She has been involved in many different creative activities, and her Waldorf-inspired dolls and knitted and felt toys are well known and loved by many. Her work has appeared in knitting, crafting and parenting magazines both in the UK and USA. Sachiyo lives and works in West Sussex, England.

Monica Russel

Monica Russel - Knitted snoods, Easy knitted scarves & Knitted wrist warmers

31 MAR - 01:45PM - 02:45PM01 APR - 01:45PM - 02:45PM
Monica Russel is a qualified Teacher and Art Therapist, and has worked in schools, Further Education and Mental Health services. In 2009, she set up a knitting and cake-stand making business using her creative skills. Monica designs all her own patterns and sells her knitting kits, which use only natural fibres, through her website. She attends many craft and knitting fairs and loves craft challenges. Since setting up her craft business, she has had patterns featured in Knitting magazines and books.

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore - Half Yard Home & Half Yard Gift

30 MAR - 03:30PM - 04:30PM
Debbie's first book on making cushion covers was published by Search Press in December 2011 and went straight to number one in the Amazon bestseller charts. She has since published 11 other best-selling titles: Sew Useful, Sew Bunting, Half Yard Heaven, Half Yard Home, Half Yard Gifts, Sew Brilliant Bags, Half Yard Christmas, Half Yard Kids, Half Yard Gifts and Love to Sew Quilted Covers and Cosies and Love to Sew Sewing Room Accessories, with three other books in production at the moment. In 2015, Half Yard Christmas won the silver award for Best New Craft Book in the International Craft Awards. In 2016, Half Yard Gifts was highly commended in the Best Home Sewing Book category in the Homemaker Book Awards. Debbie hosts a sewing forum [] with over 1800 members, where she answers their questions and introduces new sewers to each other. She has over 100 videos on YouTube [thimblelane channel] demonstrating sewing projects: the channel has over 100,000 subscribers and the total views now exceeds 10 million. Visit her new website: