The Excellent Exploits of Mr X Stitch – Knitting & Stitching Show 2014

Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.

The Knitting & Stitching Show hit London for the first part of its three location 2014 tour – the other venues being Dublin and Harrogate. I met up with Deadly Knitshade and we went to check out what was happening.

Deadly Knitshade and I taking it all in

I’ve said it many times; the thing I enjoy about the Knitting & Stitching Show is the inspirational exhibitions that celebrate textile art across the spectrum, complementing the retailers and the educational element, ensuring that you feel enthused and ready to get stitching the moment you leave. This year, there were plenty of nice surprises to be found.

Gladys Paulus' felted bowls

Without doubt, my biggest “whoa” moment was from these felted bowls by Gladys Paulus. Made with felted wool and rabbit glue they were delicate, elegant and astonishing.

Caren Garfen’s exhibition was next on the jaw-dropping list as her minute delicate hand embroideries blew everyone’s minds with their tiny details.

Caren Garfen's delicate hand embroidered jar labels

If the stitching wasn’t enough, the Guilt Biscuits proved how talented Caren is.

Caren Garfen's Guilt Biscuits


Ann Small and Sue Walton had evolved their Jabberwocky installation from 2012 in a new show called A Walk On The Wild Side. With all manner of quirky creations using found objects and vintage textiles it was another wonderful world of curiosities. I was particularly taken by these creatures made from piano pieces…

Sue Walton's Piano Hammer Creations

The SilkFelt Collective had another smorgasbord of felted work, including hymen busters (yes, that’s what I said) and the legendary wall of merkins…

SilkFelt Collective's Merkin Display

The British Tapestry Group had a terrific display of woven art, including this funky piece by Christine Eborall made from woven plastic packaging materials.

Christine Eborall's Rage 2 Tapestry


There were the usual array of retailers and people that I’ve come to know and love over the years, including Toft Alpaca Farm, and no show is complete without a hug from the wonderful Jane Greenoff.

Mr X Stitch and Jane Greenoff - cross stitch royalty!

Another great show from the Knitting & Stitching Show team. The only thing that was missing was a Mr X Stitch stand, but we’re working on our plans for the Spring Show next March, so watch this space?

Did you got to the show? What were your highlights?


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