Apart from its awkward location, that is if you are coming from the South, once you arrive ‘Ally Pally’ is the perfect venue to hold the knitting and stitching show . Having had my little whinge, the organizers do lay on a regular courtesy bus from the station to the Alexander Palace. Like Paxton’s Crystal Palace it is high on a hill with fabulous views of London including the city and the shard.
The home to all things material and the construction there of: The Knitting and Stitching Show is one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated, by makers everywhere, the reason being it is a one- stop shop. Everything is here, from the where withal to make and create any fabric related item, to the materials to embellish them.
There are lovely fabrics, such as the worn and washed range by Kim Porter. There are also scrumptious ribbons, beautiful buttons, threads, and haberdashery and tools. You can purchase or just stand and admire, or in my case fondle, all kinds of wool, including pure cashmere yarn. There are felt kits, and felt, bag making accessories including handles, straps and buckles.
Showcased are the works of some of the best and most creative designer makers in various fields such as Nicola Jarvis and Amy Morris with their wonderful bird designs. There is also knitting, weaving, embroidery, crotchet and silk painting.
One of my favourites is the the work of applique artist Mandy Puttollo.
The craft publishers are out in force with lots of lovely new books to put on the Christmas list. The guilds were represented too, including the embroiderer’s guild, silk painting, spinning and weaving.
There is a section dedicated to recycling. This includes work -shops, items for sale and political information Fabrications were there selling holsters made from re-cycled suiting. I also bought a book from Craftavist collective.
Some of the strongest craft magazine publishers are there, offering very good deals at the show for new subscribers. Apart from the catering, that leaves a little to be desired, it is an excellent day out.
10.00am to 5.30pm Today
10.00am to 5.00pm Sunday