Monday, 13 October 2014

The Knitting and Stitching Show 2014

'Marking Time' by Josephine Edwards
'Swirl' by Helen Mastrandrea (silk fibre cloth)
If you know who made these impressive felted pieces tell me and I'll add their name/s
A pergola covered in knitted flowers in the entrance hall.
Yesterday I had a lovely day off at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London. There is so much to see and inspire.

  This top picture of random smocking has stayed with me. 
This year I bought more than I usually do. Some things for the shop and some Alpaca/silk for knitting for baby Juno. It's the colours I am tempted by. I'll show you pictures of what I bought tomorrow.

 The greatest thrill was trying out weaving on a table loom on the Shetland Islanders stand. Tweed patterned in contemporary colour palettes is produced here and loom owner Andy Ross explained the mechanics of how colours and patterns are interwoven with shuttles through warp and weft threads. Fascinating. I'm inspired to make a basic loom with picture frame and wrapped threads but Andy Ross would say this is tapestry making not weaving.  The tweed used for making jackets and skirts is made on huge industrial machines but a small woven piece for a picture or brooch could be made on a home-made loom. Perhaps I could try out that lovely sari silk ribbon I just bought. Show you next post.

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