Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary. This time, a quick review of this year’s Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. As in previous years, the three rooms at Ally Pally were packed with inspiration and ideas for knitting and stitching fans alike.
I love walking through the various exhibitions and seeing new things that excite me, or challenge my preconceptions about stitchery. The Beryl Dean exhibit was a perfect example of the latter as it took my ideas of ecclesiastical embroidery and turned them on their head. The combination of contemporary, yet timeless, design and perfect execution took my breath away.
Image: ©Nigel Roberson 2011 – Reproduced by permission of the Minster Church of St Margaret, Kings Lynn
There were plenty of students and school parties at the show, and it was good to see the likes of Craft Guerilla teaching stitchy skills to new people. The Upcycling Academy (run by the awesome Massey Fabrications) was constantly packed, educating people about fairtrade and how to make best use of existing materials.
The K&S show always showcases new student talent, and I spent a few hours talking with the graduates who were showing their work. I’ll be featuring some of them in Edge posts over the forthcoming weeks as there was some great work being shown. The macabre pieces of Valerie Huggins were quite stunning, including this piece featuring a stuffed crow!
I really love the Knitting & Stitching show. There’s so much inspiration to be found, as well as stalls selling all the stitchy accoutrements you would ever need. If you get the chance to visit the shows at Dublin or Harrogate, I thoroughly recommend it.
If you’re visiting the Dublin show, you’ll be able to swing by the Mr X Stitch stand to see some great stitchery, pick up a copy of PUSH Stitchery or a cross stitch emoticon kit, and hang out a while!
I leave you with a piece from Jean Bennett, a phenomenal mixed media artist that I cannot wait to introduce you to… Enjoy!
The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with my new book!