There’s no denying that my history working for CrossStitcher means that I know many of the people who exhibit at the Knitting & Stitching Show. Special shout out to Floss & Mischief, Mr X Stitch and Bobo Stitch – you guys always make me giggle! It’s an especially nice place to meet the creatives behind emerging businesses and talented students showcasing their work. I especially loved the quilt gallery and the textile art/fashion exhibitions, all stretching my imagination of what is physically possible with fabric! Fascinating stuff.
Here are few of my favourites from today:
Hanging by a Thread
Charlotte Bailey’s chocolate bar embroidered artwork on Mr X Stitch’s Inspiration Stand (a result of Jamie’s collaboration with the Royal School of Needlework and junior embroiders at Guild) was a total show-stopper. The intricate piece, stitched using traditional goldwork techniques such as couching and felt padding, offers a thought-provoking insight to the emotional impact of eating disorders whilst displaying one of the most intricate disciplines in a contemporary and recognizable light. Incredible stuff. Take a look for youself.
Katie Essam combines freehand embroidery with applique, felting and paint to create her incredibly detailed pieces and they’re just so tactile and delicately mesmerising. I loved her papyrus prints, too – they worked really well as more affordable, but just as realistic, stitched artworks. I can’t stop thinking about this 3D bicycle piece! Katie offers workshops too, and gave me a few priceless tips for stitching without twisting the fabric – move it from left to right instead. (Makes total sense now I’m thinking about it.) I’ve got my freehand embroidery foot at the ready! See more of her artwork at www.katie-essam.co.uk
By Hand London
Before, however, I can start any freehand embroidery adventures, I need to get cracking on this lovely Anna Dress pattern from By Hand London. I was so happy to see Elisalex and Victoria, representing modern dressmaking and contemporary style. This London-based brand is all about giving people a platform create their own individual style patterns and a brand new custom fabric printing service. Just think what you could create now!
Kerry Lord’s gorgeously characterful critters are just so irresistible! Although I’m not quite talented enough with a hook to venture into creating one of my own, it was great to see the work of many others displayed as part of their #crochetjungle campaign, raising money for Birmingham Children Hospital Charities. It’s not over yet, though! You can still get involved and crochet something for it – or head to www.justgiving.com/crochetjungle to donate.