Ommel 2019

Sharing the joy of sewing

Ommel 2019

Ommel 2019

A festival just for sewists

The event will take place on the Opinmäki campus in Suurpelto, Espoo on 7-9 June.

Ommel 2019 is a sewing festival with a strong communal aspect for all sewists from beginners to professionals. The event combines a fabric and sewing supply market, a three-day sewing retreat, and educational contents such as courses, lectures, and workshops.

Ommel 2018’s theme was Finnish design and this second time the theme will be Nordic design. We are inviting all fabric sellers from the Nordic countries and visitors from all over the world to come join us. Besides just fantastic fabric, all kinds of material and notions from threads to sewing machines and magazines will be for sale.

Get to know Ommel 2019 exhibitors!

A good selection of just sewing products and activities. Other craft fairs include so many other techniques but here you could concentrate on just sewing.

Entry to our festival is free! Workshops and lectures are also free and you don’t have to sign up for them in advance. The sewing retreat, courses and accommodation in the school are paid, and you can book your place on this site closer to the event.

Ommel 2018 was the first time the festival was organised and 3000 people attended. We received lots of positive feedback which will allow us to make Ommel 2019 even bigger when it comes to sellers, activities and visitors.

Opening hours

The event is open

Fri 7th June 12:00-19:00

Sat 8th June 10:00-18:00

Sun 9th June 10:00-16:00

Location and arrival

The event is held on Opinmäki campus in Suurpelto, Espoo. Since we have a limited number of parking spots, we request that as many visitors as possible will arrive by public transport or that you carpool with others.

Address: Lillhemtintie 1, 02250 Espoo, Finland

Arriving with public transit

City events Espoo is organising a free shuttle bus to Opinmäki from the centre of Helsinki for the whole weekend. The shuttle goes from the bus stop in front of Kiasma museum of modern art in the centre of Helsinki (Mannerheiminaukio 2, Helsinki). The shuttle buss service is by Busmo Oy and travel time to Opinmäki is about 20 minutes.

Fri 7.6. Kiasma-Opinmäki at 12, 14, 16 and 17
Opinmäki-Kiasma at 14:15, 16:15, 17:15 and 19

Sat 8.6. Kiasma-Opinmäki at 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 16
Opinmäki-Kiasma at 12:15, 14:15, 16:15 and 18

Sun 9.6. Kiasma-Opinmäki at 10, 11, 12 and 14
Opinmäki-Kiasma at 12:15, 14:15 and 16


You can get very close to Opinmäki with buses 118, 532 and 533. The name of the stop is Henttaanaukio. Timetables and route info can be found in Reittiopas 

Train + bus

The closest train station is Kauniainen and from there you can get to Opinmäki with bus 533. Travel time is approximately 15 minutes.

Metro + bus

The closest metro station is Niittykumpu and from there you can get to Opinmäki with bus 118. Travel time is approximately 10 minutes.

Arriving with your own car

Since we have a limited number of parking spaces, we recommend carpooling. Opinmäki is located right next to Ring II. You leave Ring II at the Suurpelto exit.

The official, paid parking spots can be found in the field behind the school building. Parking can be paid at the event (5€ per day or 12€ for the whole weekend, inc. VAT 24%). Please note that the parking area is only accessible with a passenger car so no vans or motorhomes or such bigger vehicles. There is no parking in the general area around the school. Please only park in designated parking areas, there are some in the area around the school. It is absolutely forbidden to park in the residential parking areas.


Entrance to the event is free of charge! Workshops and lectures are also free and you don’t have to sign up in advance for them. The sewing retreat, courses and accommodation at the school are booked and paid in advance.


We offer a wide range of courses. This year we also have courses for children and men. Take a look at the course calendar (in Finnish) and book your place! Most courses are taught in Finnish. The following courses will have instruction also in English:

Sewing retreat

The sewing retreat is a communal event where everyone brings their own sewing machines, fabrics and other equipment, and sews together with others. At the retreat everyone is sewing separately but together – everyone has their own projects and plans.

The sewing retreat is open from 12:00 to 01:00 on Friday, 10:00 to 01:00 on Saturday and 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Book your place!


Workshops are mostly free of charge (there are some where you have to pay a small fee for the materials) and you don’t have to book anything in advance. You can pop over in between shopping and sew a hat or an ironing mitt, get to know how to use snap pap or cork, and test industrial and embroidery machines.


Sit down for a while and learn new things in our free lectures. The topics range from entrepreneurship in crafts to sustainable choices in textiles, predicting trends and Finnish national dress. Some of the lectures will also be streamed online (more on this later). The lectures are in Finnish.


Do you need accommodation in Espoo and would you like to spend the weekend with other sewists? We offer affordable accommodation at the festival site in Opinmäki. We recommend staying at the school especially if you take part in the sewing retreat. The price includes a floor spot in a classroom. We also offer an affordable breakfast and evening snack. Bring your sleeping mat and sleeping bag.

One night’ accommodation costs 20 euros and breakfast and evening snack cost 10 euros.

Buy your accommodation here.

Forenom offers accommodation at a 10% discount to Ommel visitors. Stay at the Forenom Aparthotel in Leppävaara, Espoo (Porarinkatu 1A, Espoo). The prices start from 55€ per night. Use the code OMMEL2019 to get the discount.

Take a look at the hotel and book your accommodation here.

Other services 

Colour analysis

Do you want to know which colours will make your skin glow, make redness go away and emphasize your best features? Beauty Colours colour analysis will help you find out the best colours for clothing, accessories, make up and jewellery for you. You receive a colour chart that fits in your purse or pocket with fabric swatches of your own shades. Buying new fabric and clothes becomes easier and you can avoid wasting money on bad purchases.

The colour analysis takes about 90 minutes and it’s best to arrive without any makeup. You can also remove your makeup before the analysis and bring your own makeup with you to make sure they are the right shades for you. Price is 124 euros. Book you colour analysis here!


At Ommel 2019 you can take a break in the Martha café where marthas sell vegetable soup as well as sweet and savoury baked goods at an affordable price. He have marthas from ten different martha associations to help keep visitors fed. All options are lactose free and there are also gluten free and vegan goodies.

We’ll have a kiosk on the second floor where you can buy sodas from Laitila
and small packed snacks. Outside our event there is the smell Italian pizza in the air, coming from Cose Buone, a real Italian pizza truck familiar from last year. On Saturday and Sunday you can also find traditional pancakes made by the scout troop Kuninkaantien kipinät.


Relax between making purchases and sewing by having a massage. Tellervo Tanner offers a chance to stop for a while and have a 30-minute classic or shiatsu massage on Friday 7.6. and Satuday 8.6.

Book your massage in advance from Timma (choose Hieronta -> Klassinen hieronta (30min) OR Shiatsu (30min) -> Tellervo Ommel-hieronta -> a time that suits you). The price for a 30 minute massage is 35 euros. Payment can be done directly to Tellervo by card or in cash.