Friday, 19 October 2012

Day out at Ally Pally

So, last Saturday I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace. This meant that I could wander around for a good few hours looking at the most wonderful displays from artist and then spend some pennies on some goodies for myself.

Even though I live just a short drive from there, I hadn't been here for years and had forgotten how wonderful the building was and that stunning view of the city!!
There was so much to see and unfortunately most of the displays asked you not to take photos, but I did write down a few names.
Some of the quilts that took my eye were by Marina Kamenskaya, they were very modern and the quilting was just stunning to see up close. Another was Kathleen Loonis, her quilts were breathtaking!! I then found Mr X Stitch's stand where not only could I take photos but the work was amazing!!
Mr X Stitch himself at the back of the photo!
I loved the embroidered door, by Sarah Greaves and there was also a cross stitched car door by Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė that I can't find the photo of(!!), and tiny embroidery on silk stretched over cups and saucers by Diem Chau. The detail was amazing.
But my favourite was these two!
The Gold Rhino and Saola by Zoe Williams, they are needle felted and I just couldn't take my eyes off them!! They were just so unbelievable!! 
So, after seeing all this wonderful work I felt I needed to make some purchases! 
Wool from the MillaMia stand, for a cardigan for Rose. 

Out To Sea by Sarah Jane from The Village Haberdashery stand.
I've had my eye on these lovely nautical pinks for a while on their website and hope to make a duvet cover for Rose's cotbed! The fabrics that were on display on The Village Haberdashery stand were amazing, I got to see Field Study by Anna Maria Horner, which I really want to treat myself to. I need some of those feathers and that blue leopard print in my life!!!  Also I got to drool and see in real life the gorgeous colours in the Bloomsbury Garden fabrics by Liberty Lifestyle that they had on display. 

And lastly from the Pin it and Stitch stand some texty fabric by Mama Said Sew! Their shop is here and it's got some gorgeous stuff in it! 
The Pin it and Stitch it shop hasn't been open very long, but they had a great range of fabrics. The ladies had some beautiful quilts on show and really took time to talk to everyone! 
I had a really great day and met some lovely people. 
I'm off to tackle a long list of jobs! Oh, and I may have just made a dress!! Arrgggh!! So excited!! 


  1. oh how lucky to get to go, pictures are wonderful and sounds like you had a brill time.

  2. So glad you had a good time, it soo lovely to be let loose sometimes, see new things and be inspired.

    Love the pink fabrics, I'm looking forward to seeing your cot quilt.

    Oooh, a dress....that is exciting!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  3. Sounds like a great day out. I have read about the artist who cross-stitches on metal, she is Lithuanian and I saw a metal platter that she had stitched in a shop in Vilnius once. Way out of my price league! Stunning work though. Are you not sure if it is a dress or that you made it?? Sounds intriguing :)

  4. Sounds like a fab day! Love those doors

  5. It was lovely to meet you at the show, thanks for the mention!


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