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The arts, crafts and hobbies crowd will be out in force for the annual Hobby-X exhibition. There will be more than 250 stores featuring everything from scrap booking to quad biking.
HOBBIES and crafts are on the menu at the Coca-Cola Dome again, where the Hobby-X exhibition runs from Thursday to Sunday, 3 to 6 March.


Collectables galore: Hobby XCollectables galore: Hobby XThe exhibition, in Northgate, will showcase the latest creative crafts and innovations, and craft supplies. There will be demonstrations, hands-on workshops and eye-catching displays.

There will be a wealth of new ideas, trends and innovations to inspire crafters, who will be able to discover new products and new uses for old favourites. More than 250 stands at the show will be divided into six product categories.

General hobbies and collectibles
Archery, astronomy and telescopes, binoculars, bird watching, bonsai, brewing, car restoration, collections, cooking, baking and sugar art, electronics, engraving, flower arranging, framing, gems and minerals, genealogy (family trees), horse riding, ikebana, knife making, Meccano, metal work, model building, movies, music (instruments, CDs and DVDs) , philately (postage stamps), radio controlled models, reading, science and experiments, semi-precious stones and woodworking.

Crafts and creative hobbies
Adhesives, beads, book binding, calligraphy, candle making, card making, carving, ceramics, children’s crafts, clock making, clay modelling, cross stitching, decoupage, doll making, embroidery, encaustic art, etching, fabric paints, floral art, glass art, jewellery, lace making, leather, marbling, metal work, miniatures, mosaics, mould making, needlecrafts, packaging, painting, paper crafts, pergamano, pewter work, photography, quilting, resins, rubber stamping, sand blasting, scrap booking, sculpture, semi-precious stones and beads, silk screening, silk painting, soap making, stained glass, stencilling, stamping, teddy bears, weaving, woodwork, wool and yarns.

Adventure and outdoor hobbies
Abseiling, archery, bikes and accessories, bungee swings, cars and accessories, canoeing and kayaking, climbing walls, computer technology, electronic games, fishing, gardening, horse riding, karts, kites, paintball, paragliding, photography, quad-biking, scuba diving and trampolines.

DIY home and décor
Art, candle making, cushions, curtaining, décor plasters and effects, floor coverings and mats, floral art, framing, furniture restoration, home and table linen, lampshades, leather, lighting, paints and paint techniques, patios, plants, soft furnishings, stencils, tapestries, tools and mini-tools, trims and bows, upholstery, wallpapers, wood and work benches.

Sewing and fashion
Accessories, beads, bags, boas and feathers, body forms, bridal, buttons, cord, crochet, cutting boards, dress designs, embellishments, embroidery, fabric, home linen, jewellery making, knitting, lace, machines, needles and hooks, patterns and pattern making, quilting, ribbons, scissors, tapestry, threads, transfers, trims, wool and yarns, workstations and furniture, zips and fasteners.

Art and scholastic
Abstract art, adhesives and glues, acrylics, books, brushes, calligraphy, canvases, carving tools, charcoal, compasses, colouring books, cutting boards and instruments, drawing, drawing instruments and tables, easels, educational toys and games, erasers, fine arts, inks, logic and scientific products, modelling clays and pastes, moulds, mosaic art, murals, oils, papers and boards, pastels, pencils, pewter art, protractors, puzzles, rulers, set squares, scissors, sculpture, stationery, technical drawing tools, accessories  and writing instruments.

The show has been held for more than 15 years, and attracts visitors from all over South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland and even further afield, from the United States, Britain and Europe. Visitors look for material, equipment, supplies, techniques and ideas that they can take home with them.

Last‘s year‘s Hobby-X was a success, with organiser saying the response from exhibitors was positive. Many said it was best show for the year. Entrance is R20 for children and R50 for adults. The gates open at 8am.

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