The crowds were enjoying the winter sunshine when they made their way to London Olympia for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at London Olympia which runs from 3rd to 6th March.
The show covers all aspects of textile art, stitch and crafts and the interest in the event is an indication of the growing interest in Knitting and Stitching. The success of the Great British Sewing Bee has certainly raised the profile on textile art and crafts which celebrates the traditional and the modern.
To give some idea of what is possible, The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show this year is featuring the work of leading UK textile artists who are exhibiting in six professionally curated Textile Galleries which include featured artists:
Model, prop and set maker Jessica Dance (Material World)
Stitched textile and collage artist Louise Baldwin (Two Worlds)
Mixed media textile artists Mary Sleigh and Jan Miller (Somewhere in Between)
Printed textile artist and designer Michelle House
Embroiderer Nigel Cheney (The Forest of Arden)
The Quilters’ Guild (Moving On)
To see some of the work of the rising stars of the textile world, visitors can see a display about The National Fashion Textiles Competition. Now in its third year, this competition to find the UK’s most talented young fashion textile designers aged 16 to 19 attracts hundreds of entries. The overall winner will be announced at the show on the 3rd March.
Other show features include:
The Create and Craft Theatre
Presented by leading lights of the knitting and stitching world, the Creative Living Theatre offers free demonstrations on a whole array of different textile projects. There will be sessions from the Great British Sewing Bee’s Matt Chapple, Chinelo Bally and Lauren Guthrie, patchwork guru Liz Betts and homeware sewing expert Debbie Shore.
The Dressmaking Studio, in association with The McCall Pattern Company and SEW TODAY
Whether you’re a complete newcomer to dressmaking or have higher level skills, our team of experts will be on hand to explain the basics of dressmaking, from buttonholes, hems and seam finishing to zip insertion and understanding patterns.
The Inspiration Station
At the Mr X Stitch Inspiration Station, learn cross stitch with students from the Royal School of Needlework, enjoy embroidered entries from the Young Embroiderers’ De Denne competition and feast your eyes on incredible new work by fresh new embroidery talent, introduced by Mr X Stitch himself, Jamie Chalmers.
The Knitted Feast Competition
Knitters of all abilities from across the UK are joining forces this year to take up the show’s challenge to create a feast that looks good enough to eat. A life-size 3D knitted and crochet banquet will be a centrepiece for this year’s show.
UK Hand Knitting Association – Drop In Knitting & Crochet Experience
If you’re new to textile crafts, why not learn from the best? Expert volunteers from the UK Hand Knitting Association will be teaching knitting and crochet free of charge at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show so drop in and learn how to get started. For more advanced crafters, get advice from the team about any knitting or crochet challenge you’re having.
A large number of workshops, demonstrations and interactive features running throughout the show to encourage visitors to try their hand at the various crafts regardless of your ability.
If you looking for supplies, there are over 200 specialist companies, from sewing machine manufacturers to yarn makers who will be selling a huge range of essential knitting, sewing and textile craft essentials, with a host of show discounts and special offers.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show provides plenty of interest and inspiration for experienced knitters and stitchers, however if you are a beginner and always wanted to try out the various crafts, there are a lot of people at the show willing to teach you the basics in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. The show has a number of food and drink options to enable visitors to enjoy a break from the serious business of walking around the large and comprehensive event.
Tickets for The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show cost £13.00 in advance (concessions £12).
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
For more information and to book tickets, visit The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show website here
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