The Ailist – Issue Twenty – The Knitting and Stitching Show

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Ailish Henderson

Editor in Chief at Mr X Stitch
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!)I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects.  These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute.  Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand.Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'
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Its that time of year again…the autumn shows, where we all walk in, forgetting that the money we are spending is actually real and not from our old game of Monopoly….(Or is it just me who feels like this?)

So for this issue I will focus on The Knitting and Stitching Show held in Harrogate….

Harrogate Convention Centre 28th November – 1st December 2019

Earlier this year I has my own solo exhibition at the London show….

Knitting and Stitching Show at the London Spring venue
Setting up and holding a solo gallery at the show was a great experience.

Normally though I am tied to teaching commitments at the shows – thus I will be teaching in the Learning Curve at the Harrogate Show once again this year.

Fancy learning something different?

Here’s what I am teaching….

Stitched Collage Portraits

Inspired by textile artist Ailish’s own work, this class guides students through the process of making their own portrait outcomes.  Play with paper and collage, with the choice to add hand stitching.  You don’t have to be able to draw, it’s all about exploring the collage aspect and expressing your personality!  Feel free to bring any photos along to inspire you – how about a favourite pet or a loved one?  All materials provided, however please do bring along anything personal to add in if you wish.

Stitched Floral Collage

Inspired by Textile Artist Ailish’s own work, this class guides students through the process of making their own floral outcomes.  Play with paper and collage, with the choice to add hand stitching.  You don’t have to be able to draw, it’s all about exploring the collage aspect and expressing your personality!  Feel free to bring any photos along to inspire you to the knitting and stitching show – what about your own garden or flower snaps?

Heated Horticulture

Within this class, learn how to use a variety of plastics such as sweetie wrappers, sequins and voile, trapped in Bondaweb to create new “fabric”.  A template has been provided to guide you through making a flower shape from your creation.  Once you have stitched together your flower, experiment with a heat gun to “distress”.  Finalise by making your flower into a brooch!

Mixed Media Bonding and Fusing

At this knitting and stitching show class, learn how to design and make unusual fabrics by trapping various types of plastics, papers, fabrics, sparkly bits, sweetie wrappers and voile with Bondaweb fabric; which you will iron to melt it all together.  Distress your creation further by experimenting with a Heat Gun and Soldering Iron. Your new “fabric” can then be used for anything you like….frame it?

Time to Boro:  Japanese Hand Stitching

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The term boro is the Japanese word to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times; it literally means old cloth. This technique has been passed down for many centuries and is often used to create family heirlooms. Within this class, you will learn to make your own small piece of boro, personalized to you.  Although all materials are included, feel free to bring along any fabric pieces precious to you, which would like to incorporate. Hand stitching together can be beautifully simplistic, so is suitable for those with little confidence.  Leave the class with at least a start on your boro journey!

All my classes are available to book right now via this link, just click and book!

Fancy getting some cheap tickets into The Knitting and Stitching Show?  I have been given this code to get you all a discount!

Simply type in HWT1 in the promo box when purchasing your tickets and you will get them for £13.00 each instead of £15.50 !

Here is the website to get them from, just click this link.

Or if you prefer the phone, simply quote the code when you are ordering (0844 209 7325)

I hope to see you there!

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