If you happen to be in Italy in the second half of October this year, you might think about going to the trade fair Abilmente in Vicenza which is in the northern part of Italy between Verona and Venice, close to Padua. From October 21st to 24th, 9:30am to 7pm.
It seems that many textile arts and hobbies will be represented at this fair: felting, quilting, sewing, embroidery and lace making. A few of the embroidery and lace schools from Italy will be present and have each participated in making pieces for the exhibit of embroidered bodices and vests.
There is to be a large bookshop, workshops and some exhibitions like pieces from the famous collection of Loretta Caponi, a collection of Japanese quilts and pieces stitched by the members of the social network Amoricamo [I love embroidery].
An area is reserved for creative recycling (click on the website links for a preview of some of the creative ideas) and naturally there will also be booths from which to buy all your favourite things like, threads, beads, fabrics and gadgets!
See photos on their Facebook page from past events.
Vicenza is a city rich in history so don't forget to have a look around town at the numerous sights and visit the Civic Museum housed in a palazzo designed by the 16th century architect Andrea Palladio.
I wish I could go too...