The Knitting & Stitching Show ran from 8th to 11th October at the Alexandra Palace in London. I was fortunate to attend for two days and it was fantastic.
As well as a large hall full of stalls catering to all your stitchy needs, the show featured a terrific assortment of artisans showcasing their works and exhibitions to capture the attention.
The Pfaff exhibition of machine embroidery featured a varied array of pieces inspired by the concept of landscape and really showed the breadth of possibilities that can be realised using a sewing machine. From large quilted pieces to three dimensional textiles there was work to inspire where ever you looked; highlights for me included the photorealistic work of Carol Shinn and Rosie James’ people studies.
There was an inspiring range of new talent on show, including design graduates and award winning textile students. I was particularly taken by the portraits of Lisa Connelly, whose hand stitched work explored multiple personalities and had that blend of macabre charm that I do so enjoy.
I’ll be honest, I spent a lot of show meeting people that I want to do future posts about, so I won’t give away too much information here, but here’s a quick selection of shots to tease you:
Above: Lee Mattock’s machine stitched frieze. Below: Lindsay Taylor’s silk sculptures.
Above: Louise Baldwin’s mixed media work. Below: Tom Lundberg’s hand embroidered pieces.
One of the great things about the show was the opportunity to meet with the artists and talk to them. Kerry Mosley’s embroidered wire portraits (above) were terrific to look at, but the accompanying narrative to the work brought the pieces to life. Having chats with the artists and discussing how their work made me feel was a great privelege.
As well as the artists mentioned before, it was great to be able to see works from Alice Kettle and the Embroidery Guild, and to visit the stands of Emily Peacock and the Royal School of Needlework. And I even got to hang out with Curegreed (and Eilidh!) as well, so it felt good to be there.
It seems that the Knitting & Stitching show is somewhat unique in being so focused on those crafts. It was clear from the number of stalls in the main area that the industry is still going strong, but I must admit, I was very inspired by the time I spent on the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge.
Were you there? What did you think?