Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show: Five Fast Faves
After a week in the Emerald Isle I’m finally home! And, what a week it has been! This was my first trip to the Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show, and it was such a fantastic experience. You know you’ve had a great time when your head is full of ideas, you’re contacts list is bursting with new friends and your sketchbook is jam packed with new designs (not to mention your belly is full of Guinness)!
I managed to meet some wonderful folks while in Dublin – giving a little wave to Angela! And, got to spend my time with a fine groups of creatives including the lovely Viv & Kevin from ArtVanGo and also the wonderfully talented Kim Thittichai, Ruth Issett, Bobby Britnell and Sue Chapman I shall now loving call these incredible women The First Ladies of Textile Art – if you’re not familiar with their work, you simply must check them out!
For those of you that didn’t get the chance to come along and join in the fun, I thought I’d share with you my Five Fast Faves from the show!
Mable Owl Pattern, £10
Fabric Affair If artisan fabrics float your boat then get ready to set sail! Specialising in Irish linen and tweed this huge range of fabrics will have your heart skipping a beat – not only that, there are lots of amazing patterns, kits and ideas available to help you really show of this amazing fabric – and your sewing skills – in style!
Apple Tree Crafts This family run quilting business is filled with all that is perfect about quilting – an unrivaled selection of fabrics, a bounty of workshops and classes all headed up by the most passionate and enthusiastic team of quilting fanatics around!
Mary Fisher Artist, philanthropist, designer and advocate – her motto Inspire Love Serve is clearly present in all that she does and creates. Not only is she the creator of the most spectacular art quilts, sculptures and textiles, she also a world-class jewellery designer working with, and supporting, vulnerable women in Africa to produce a stunning collection of bracelets.
Fabrics Galore Now, this has long been one of my favourite fabric stores for online shopping, but let’s face it you guys – there is no better way to shop for fabric than in person. The range of prints and styles is mouthwatering and if you’re a fan of Alexander Henry then you’ll b forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come early!
Lou Loves This There is no greater feeling than meeting a kindred spirit and that, my friends, is exactly what happened with I got chatting with the adorable Louise, blogger and creator of perhaps the most enchanting felt dolls you’ll ever see! So, go show her some love!
Hello, I’m Wren! Find me at LouLovesThis on Etsy, £55
There is still time to get tickets for the final event in the Knitting & Stitching Show calender – so, why not come along to the Harrogate show and get inspired, buy some goodies and meet some of the most talented creative folks on the planet?
Did you come along to the Dublin show? What was the highlight for you? What was your best purchase? What inspired you the most?
ps: If anyone needs me, I’ll be squirreled away in my sewing room planning out some new makes with all my lovely new fabric!