Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Knitting and Stitching Show - Inspiration

This stall says Christmas decorations!
Sophie Digard's scarf design
Love this stylish black and white outfit!
The Maker's Atelier - one of my favourite stalls
Self-portrait by Sue Stone
I talked to two inspiring women at the Knitting and Stitching Show and both had made their living in the fashion industry before setting up on their own.

The Maker's Atelier sells clothes patterns designed with the benefit of many years experience of designing clothes and advising fashion businesses here and abroad. I love the way Frances Tobin uses only the best fabrics for her samples and kits, everything says quality and simplicity.White wool, pale grey silk, greyed pink or navy. It's a smart look. And I admire the way she has not compromised in any aspect of her 'look'. The patterns feel nice, the website (themakersatelier.com) is stylish - everything reflects her own impeccable taste.

Sue Stone also worked in the fashion industry for many years designing clothes for other people. She had studied at Goldsmiths where she enjoyed embroidery but did not see how she could make her living with just embroidery. Being asked to submit a self portrait for an exhibition started her mission to produce a self-portrait reflecting every year of her life so far. The result is stunning. Not only has she produced 63 self-portraits but also embroidered pictures of all her family and extended family - with layers of embroidery depicting the tweed or knitwear they are wearing. Look at womanwithafish.com

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