Zoe and Sonia at The Knitting and Stitching Show October 20, 2017 16:41
If there is one thing Team London Craft Club loves more than making things, it's shopping for supplies to make things with. Fabric, yarn, ribbon, thread, scissors (don't get us started on our scissor obsession) we love it all. So when we were offered press passes for The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace we couldn't say no (plus we felt super cool all day wearing our fancy lanyard passes all day!) It's one of our favourite crafting events of the year and it's easy to see why with so many talented creatives under one roof.
Although there are lots of finished items for sale, the main focus of the event is craft supplies, with stalls selling everything you could need for crafts ranging from yarn dyeing, to crochet, to shibori, to embroidery. If you love craft supplies (and who doesn't?) then this is the place to come. And while we are both what I like to politely call 'unfocused crafters' (because we love every craft going!) we noticed we were being drawn towards particular crafts. Sonia was eyeing up fabrics, with plans of recreating one of her favourite jackets in a jazzy colour or print. However it was a DIY shibori fabric patchwork quilt from Changs Fabrics that had us making serious heart eyes. How gorgeous would this look on the back of a sofa or on the end of your bed?
Having recently become addicted to punch needle rug hooking I was on the hunt for some quirky handyed or handspun yarns, so I was VERY excited to find the gorgeous Spin City stand. Packed full of vibrant rainbow coloured batts and gorgeous handspun art yarns, it was definitely a feast for the eyes. As well as creating incredible things, owner Louise also teaches spinning workshops (the yarn kind not the gym bike kind!) on both drop spindles and on spinning wheels. She kindly demonstrated both for us, and now Sonia and I have decided we need to learn to spin our own yarn!
The Knitting and Stitching Show is always so packed full of inspiration - not just from the array of products on offer, but also the displays themselves. One of our favourites was this ingenious way of displaying yarn by Toft Alpaca. How awesome would it be to have something like this at home? You could easily see all your yarns, even the ones at the bottom! Toft also make gorgeous yarns, and have kits to make up some of the cutest amigurumi animals you ever did see.
Both Sonia and I fell instantly in love with the Flat Mannie cardboard Tailor Dummies, used to store and show off your favourite craft supplies. Such a simple idea, but they looked so effective, and they provide practical storage whilst also being aesthetically pleasing. We'd like one in every size please!
Unfortunately (or fortunately in the case of our bank balances!) we couldn't spend all day staring at beautiful crafty things. However we both left feeling inspired and full of ideas for London Craft Club, and with pockets full of business cards from the lovely people we met. We may even have started planning some new workshops.... Stay tuned! Did anyone else visit The Knitting and Stitching Show last weekend? What were your favourite finds or buys? If you missed it then fear not - it's held twice a year in London so pop the next date in your diary and start saving those pennies!