Yesterday, I had a lovely visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Although I grew up in London, I have always lived on the West side of the city and I had never been to Alexandra Palace before. It is in a lovely position, situated in a park and on the top of a hill so that you get a fabulous view of the London skyline. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me, so I didn't have the chance to take any photographs!
I booked myself a ticket to the show on the spur of the moment and I am very pleased that I did. It was a great day. The halls were bustling with people and there were lots of lovely pieces of textile art, dresses and quilts to look at. Unfortunately, a lot of the booths were not allowing photographs (and as I mentioned earlier.... I forgot my camera!)
Of course, as well as the items exhibited there were lots of retail stalls too and I just couldn't resist a purchase or two! I found a lovely new book by Janet Haigh called 'Little Ribbon Patchwork and Applique' which contains lots of creative ideas for using beautiful ribbons in quilts and all sorts of other ways.
Obviously I couldn't buy the book without buying a few lengths of beautiful ribbon to go with it.... just so I can get started on a project or two you understand!
As I was choosing the ribbons Janet Haigh herself came back to the stall and I was lucky enough to get her to sign my book for me! I bought a pretty new shopping bag to carry my purchases home in too!
I stopped at the Stef Francis stall too. If you read this blog regularly, you will know I love to use her beautiful, hand dyed, variegated silk threads and I found some beautiful colours to add to those I already have.
Lastly, I bought a cute little pincushion necklace to wear when I am stitching in the evening so that I have somewhere to put my needle when I need to stop for a few minutes. Who knows, it might stop me losing my needle!! They were made by Kate Haxell and I thought they were a great idea. I chose one made from a china thimble with an unusual shape which I really liked. They would make really cute gifts for sewing friends!
It is so nice to browse through the stalls even if you can't buy all the items you might like (and I think I was relatively controlled!) There are often lots of inspirational items on display which fill you with new ideas for future projects.
All in all I had a wonderful day out and came home with lots of creative ideas! I'm off to get some stitching done now! Have a lovely weekend!