As ever the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace, London was so inspiring. My friend Charlotte and I go every year, I think this is the 6th, with packed lunch and a plan…..
This year we did things a little differently and started with the artist and student exhibitions. Some of the knitwear students work was genuinely brilliant, distinctive and really well presented; Caren Garfen had a huge exhibition space, I bought one of her ‘tea towels’ a few years back when she was at the show as a graduate exhibitor – it’s framed and hangs in the hall; my favourite piece though was by Susie Vickery see it here ‘Charles Babbage:A conversation’.
The first thing I bought was a lovely book ‘Text in Textile Art’ by Sara Impey, then some star decorations made in India from vintage saris which inspired me to buy some rather sparkly braids, ribbons, sequins with the Christmas Market in mind. The Merchant and Mills stand had lovely fabrics and there were nice made up garments of their patterns which looked much nicer than they do on the website!
This was the first year we stayed right to the end… all the coffee shops were shut!!!