Monday, October 13, 2014

A Grand Day Out

Leaving Suffolk early and driving into the busy streets of north London and arriving at the Alexandra Palace with wonderful views across London always make this a special start to a day at the Knitting and Stitching show.  I didn't take many pictures as I was too busy looking (and buying) but here are a few to give you a taste of what I loved; starting with the work of Sue Walton and Ann Small.

Their exhibition was called "A Walk on the Wild Side' and they used everyday artefacts with fabrics to create a magical and enchanted display.

I also really enjoyed seeing the work of Renate Keeping - the apples which have been stitched to show the growth, ripening and decline of the fruit,

and the cake sculptures (more info about the apples and the cakes can be found on her website via the above link).

I was so pleased that I got to see the work of the Prism group of textile artists - I loved this work with tea spoons by Jackie Langfeld

and it was lovely to see Gina's dolls in real life too (sorry for the slightly out of focus picture).

The colours and shapes created by the work of artist Elisabeth Rutt, part of the Hue Textile group really appealed to me as well.

And of course we did some shopping too - I bought yarn, cotton and wool mix for a sleeveless sweater and some beautiful indian silk yarn for some kind of scarf/shawl,

some textile bits for something (I know not what as yet),

and loads, yes I mean loads, of fabric!

6 pieces - enough to make 2 skirts, 2 dresses, a tunic and a blouse all for just over £70!  The prices were so cheap I just couldn't resist and I've already started the tunic.

It was a grand day out :-)


Iz said...

It's really interesting to see what other people liked and noticed at the show, and what they bought! But I'm kicking myself for missing the Hue work as it looks like just my kind of thing - how did that happen??

Celia Hart said...

What interesting things! Your mind must be buzzing with knew ideas. And lots of potential sewing too... I particularly like the grey stripe and the dotty indigo one.

Elizabeth Rutt? The name's familiar. Didn't she used to work at Smith's Row in Bury St Edmunds?

vintagerockchick said...

You liked all the things I liked - but there were so many lovely things to see - I used to go to shop and then look at the exhibits if there was time, but now I mainly go for the exhibitions (that makes me sound very virtuous, but it just means I have to spend quickly at the end of the day!) Gill

Gina said...

Sounds as though you had a lovely day. I'm not sure how I managed to miss Renate's work. Thanks for the mention!

Anna said...

It sounds and looks as if you had a grand day out Su. Off to have a closer peek at those apples.

Frances said...

What a feast for the eyes, Su.

I really appreciate your showing us some samples of the creations on display. I've been aware of this show for years, yet somehow never quite got my travel plans in gear to be there.

Maybe next year. xo

Jo said...

It looks like a great day out, fabulous exhibitions coupled with a bit of retail therapy, what's not to like?

Cottage Garden said...

I love the views from Alexandra Palace - haven't been there for years though!

Looks like a great exhibition.


elaine said...

This post is a feast for the eyes. There are so many talented people out there. My credit card would have been on overdrive if I had been there.