Hello, Mr X Stitch here. I thought I’d tell you about my recent Xploits. It is a life less ordinary.
Last week was the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in London. Organised by Upper Street Events, it was the fifth time I’d been at the show and the third time that I hosted the Inspiration Station.
As in previous years, I was working in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework, who not only provided a terrific cohort of first year Degree students to teach cross stitch, but also provided samplers of their work and some great pieces from their archives.
The finalists of this year’s Young Embroiderers’ De Denne competition – the theme was Looking Through – covered the inside walls, filling the space with charm and colour. I loved the clever use of clingfilm in this piece by Coco Schogler, called “Below the Surface”.
While Sarah Michelle Holt’s awesome embroidered acrylic paintings added a good dose of cool to the occasion.
We set the stand up on the Wednesday and once we’d draped the world’s longest hand embroidery all over the place, it was done and we got ready for the show!
But I’ll tell you more about that in another post – I’ll leave you with the examples that the Royal School of Needlework loaned me from their archives. We don’t know much about them, but they’re old and they’re great.