Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show: Five Fast Faves
The last few months have been a whirlwind of travel and events. I feel like I driven the length and breadth of the country taking part in the magical traveling circus of yarns, fibres and textiles that is The Knitting & Stitching Show. It all kicked off in London at the glorious Alexandra Palace, before moving on to Dublin and finally ending the tour this week in splendid, if some what chilly, Harrogate.
For those of you that weren’t able to come along to Harrogate and join in the fun, I thought I’d share with you my Five Fast Faves from the show!
Amigurumi Reindeer Kit, £18
The Toft Alpaca Shop This is one of the stands that I always love to hunt out at these events – they are wall to wall packed with delicious alpaca yarns and a whole helps of stylish designed garments and patterns. One of my very favourite things is the amazing and utterly adorable Edward’s Menagerie collection of amigurumi toys – if you were ever looking for a reason to crochet this is it!
Emma Garry Based in West Yorkshire this graphic designer with a passion for textiles has created the most fabulous collection of design-led cottons from the likes of Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, Erin McMorris and David Walker – to name but a few. Alongside the patterns, packs and fabrics in abundance there are also the unique collection of patterns created by Emma Garry – the reversible pinny in the adult size, which adorned the stand during the show, is just about my all time favourite!
Not only was it incredible to be in the venue hosting such a collection, so that early morning before the show started and all the many many visitors arrived, I was able to sneak around and take a more private viewing of the works, I was lucky enough to attend the very intimate lecture given by Dorothy, sharing some background to her work, her process, her inspirations and her life. Utterly breathtaking to experience art and the human side behind each and every element of the works in the collection.
Simply Solids If ever there was proof needed that simple can be so completely striking the collection of rainbow fabrics over on the Simply Solids stand was just that. I mean, as a huge fan of glorious graphic prints, being surrounded by an array of – as the name suggests – fabrics that are simply solid colours – is such a huge breath of fresh air. Of course, there is always the need to hunt out something to complement those out loud, bold statement prints that we are all drawn to, but witnessing the true glory of quilts and projects worked using just solid shades was nothing short of inspirational.
DragonElla A more vibrant colourful, smiling and all round divine lady could not have been found in the whole of Harrogate – as I say that as a girl with flame red hair working alongside the blue-haired textile artist, Kim Thittichai. Madame Habadasher is a stitching extrodinere with incredible free machine embroidered dragon wing hair accessories and some of the finest illustrated steampunk designs ever seen, I can’t wait to see more of her amazing work in her online store, which is soon to open!
Now, I’m certain that this hasn’t even begun to touch the sides of sheer amount of creative talents that have been out in force during the tour of the Knitting & Stitching Shows – so, if you did go along to Harrogate, or any of the other event this year, and you spotted something that you really thought was not to be missed, inspired you beyond your wildest dreams, or was just the very best thing your purchased this year, do leave a little comment and share the love!
So, whilst you’re all wildly clicking these lovely links to this lovely folks with wild abandon, be sure to check out the list of event for the other TwistedThread shows that are being added to the 2014Diary!
I really must hit the road – I feel a very long way from home, see you tomorrow!