No Cutting (& Stitching) Edge post this week – I thought I’d share some of my adventures with you instead… March has been an exciting month for me as I got to leave Mr X Stitch Towers on more than one occasion for stitchy adventures!
First up was the Stitch & Craft show at Olympia. It was an interesting affair but one that left me with mixed emotions.
The show is filled to the brim with a wide range of stalls covering stitching, beading, knitting and papercrafts, and it’s great to have so much choice under one roof. If you want to browse around or stick your toe into the waters of a new craft, it provides a great opportunity to get going.
But if you’re already immersed in a particular craft, then I’m sad to say that the show has some shortcomings. As a stitcher, I found the Knitting and Stitching Show
really rewarding, as it was focused on the craft I love and was packed with interest and ideas. Given that Knitting and Stitching filled Alexandra Palace, it simply wasn’t possible for Stitch & Craft to match up to my expectations. As good as the Stitch & Craft is, there simply isn’t the space or capacity to deliver the depth of stitchy interest to really get my juices flowing. But I’m nitpicking.
I enjoyed my time at the Stitch & Craft; highlights for me included meeting the fabulous team from Cross Stitcher
magazine, picking up a couple of useful gizmos to help me with my stitching and getting to spend quality time with some of my favourite stitchers, including Emily Peacock
, Jessica Aldred and the marvellous Stitchalicious
I think the Stitch & Craft show is great for the broad crafter, someone who enjoys a wide range of crafts and has the broad set of skills that I envy. However, I suspect that the show doesn’t quite fill the needs of crafters with more specialised skills.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of my amazing stitchy adventures, coming soon!