Saturday 12th October eventswhatson.com visited the 2019 Knitting & Stitching Show, what an experience!
Situated at Alexandra Palace with stunning views all across London, this was a definitive event for anyone with a love of textile based crafts.
The atmosphere on the bus was amazing, cheerful and friendly, everyone was very excited and we arrived nice and early via a free shuttle bus from ‘Aly Pally’ station. Our first stop was the Textile Galleries, where we visited King’s Ely sixth form students’ exhibition, and my daughter Pippa who came with me and goes to King’s Ely said “I thought that their designs were really impressive and unique, and I really liked the butterfly dress, it was very creative. The outfits were high quality and looked amazing.”
We also met an amazing textile artist called Rosie Gee, who now works in the textile industry as a couture hand embroiderer. She was very friendly and inspirational, her designs were very detailed and you can see all the effort she put into them, she’s incredibly talented. You can find Rosie Gee on instagram @rosiegeetextiles, and her website is www.rosiegee9.wixsite.com/textilesbyrosie.”
Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the Creative Living Theatre where you could see short demonstrations for free about new techniques or crafts – and rest your feet in a relaxed atmosphere.
There was also an Innovation Station with free demonstrations from leading brands which featured Sharon Belcher from Bosch, the company behind some of the most popular weddings, and bags making favourite IN-R-FORM.
After looking round the textile galleries and speaking to lots of inspirational exhibitors and doing some shopping, we went off to undertake our first workshop of the day. An Introduction to Fabric Design: Repeat Pattern Techniques. The workshop was amazing, we covered a lot, it was very fast paced and we created four varieties of pattern designs.
Pippa said: “It will be amazing to see my designs printed onto fabric which will arrive in a few weeks’ time.”
We then went for a delicious lunch at the VIP Lounge in the Londesborough Room. I had the soup of the day – Butternut Squash and Potato, with fresh nutty rolls and salad, and Pippa had a vegetarian lasagne, goat vegetables and roast potatoes, and chocolate cake that was apparently very healthy being dairy and gluten free, Pippa said it was all “yummy”!
We then just had enough time to look round the Great Hall before our next workshop, which was 1.5 hours and a bit more relaxed then the first, it was actually quite therapeutic. Pippa said “I really enjoyed the workshops and thought they were great experiences because I got to try several new techniques. My favourite workshop was an Embroidery Sampler called Mama Killa Peruvian Mother Moon, with Bella Lane. I thought the embroidery looked really beautiful working with the silver threads, and I got to take home my embroidery, to finish at home.
By this time it was gone 4pm and we really had to get off as we had to head home to Cambridgeshire. We left feeling totally inspired by the most amazing day, it was just a shame we could not see and do more. The atmosphere throughout was amazing, and people of all ages attended in high numbers, and we would love to return again in 2020. You can visit The Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin 7th-10th November, in Harrogate 28th November – 1st December and in London again next Spring, 27th February – 1st March 2020.