Time for a quick whistle-stop tour of some of the exciting stitch artists that featured in the London Knitting & Stitching Show!
Rachel Parker won the Textile Study Group Graduate of the Year award for her hand embroidery and digital printing work. Geometric stitching converted to printed fabric and then further embellished. It was hard to work out where the printing ended and the real embroidery began. Very cool.
Sue Walton is half of the team that made the Jabberwocky project, inspired by the imagination of Lewis Carroll. Sue’s work included these amazing needle-felted forks, among a myriad of eccentric household objects that were darkly charming. I will be featuring this work in more detail in the future!
Katrina Hansford’s Fashion Victim Birds of Prey project explored the environmental effects of the fashion industry. Thought provoking and creative, this installation certainly made an impact.
Ayasha Wood reconstructed and embellished tweed jackets making them stylish and edgy. I want one!
Embroiderers’ Guild scholar Jo Smith won my award for the most surprisingly haunting work with her Two Brothers, Three Sisters & a Mouse exhibition.
And it was a thrill to see Kirsty Whitlock‘s work for real.
There are many more artists to talk about, but I’ll save them for another time. I’ll leave you with an action shot of Debbie Smyth knocking out a very cool nail and thread piece. As well as being very talented, Debbie is also a very nice person. Some people get all the luck!
This time next week the Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show will be kicking off! I’ll be doing cross stitch workshops on Thursday and Sunday as well as having (arguably) the coolest stand at the show – come and hang out!
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