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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Spring Knitting and Stitching Fair Review



On Saturday I went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia. It is a great place to stock up on crafty goodies as well as explore and try out a new craft and chat up with fellow makers. There were some beautiful galleries showcasing embroidery and quilting.

Here are some lovely quilts that I saw on display:


The lovely ladies at The Quilters Guild had an amazing free workshop to create your own quilted square. I did try this out and it was a really fun experience. I do have some experience with the sewing machine but it was good to learn how to properly join the quilt sections together with mathematical precision so that they all join together to make perfect sized quilts. Here is what is the section I stitched together and I am so proud of myself.



There was also a few of the usual Wool stalls. Wool Warehouse, Neil the Knit and Black Sheep Wool. My favourite Mrs Moon was there as well. I do love the lovely chunky wool from Stitch & Story but this time I put a tight budget on myself so did not buy any wool. There is just something about big piles of yarn which gladdens my heart....






What I love about these Craft fairs is the eye candy. So much inspiration all around. I love turning a corner and see a knitted seagull peeking from a yarn tree or an exquisite crocodile stitch shawl. I might not be able to create such lovely creations by myself but I can still admire them....

 
 This fair did seem to have more focus on embroidery and I got to see some really intricate work displayed. There was even a superb crafter doing live embroidered portraits. This is something I did not even think was possible. She was doing some lovely details and I hung around for a while to see her at work.




There was even a Game of Thrones tribute done by the Embroiderers Guild.
I loved the details all around the border of this display and took some close up pictures.This embroidery reminds me of the zardozi style done in India. Usually on wedding lehengas and saris. The mind boggles thinking about the hours spent on making each of these...

There were loads of fabric shops as well and a few selling sewing patterns and notions. I did end up buying some fabric and a pattern for a wrap around pant for the summer. Will blog about it once I make it. The quality and variety of fabric available was awesome. I love looking at the vibrant colors.Took too many pictures but sharing just a few..

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