Last weekend I popped into the final afternoon of the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.  It’s a massive, 4 day event with hundreds of stalls, demo’s and workshops.  I started off in the textile art exhibition.

Artwork

This piece by Paulina Rogalska really caught my eye.  It’s a stunning creation, unusual in being 3D quilting and clearly requires a good deal of skill, patience and imagination.

There were plenty of exhibits to see, here is a taste of them.

Shopping

The next area to check out was the stalls.  Split across 3 huge halls, it’s a bit overwhelming if I’m honest.  It’s very exciting to be able to see such a vast range of textiles, equipment, patterns and more!

I stopped off at Sherwood’s where they displayed the fabrics by draping them like curtains.  This was brilliant, it makes a huge difference to be able to see the fabric spread out.  They, like many others, also had a few garments made up so you could get a sense of the fabric was like to use.

I bought these 2 stunning cotton lawns.

I also looked for sewing patterns but was really quite disappointed.  Most were very similar to ones I already have.  Many were pretty shapeless, flowy designs.  Flowy is great if you are tall and slender.  Put boobs into the equation and you get a tent effect!

I looked online when I got home and have ordered a couple of new ones to try – more on this in a future blog.

Demo

I watched a demo from Jen Cable Art.  She creates art by sewing on bark.

Her demonstration explained how to find suitable bark, how to prepare the bark and methods for sewing with it.  It is not likely to be something I will try as I haven’t the patience, but it was fascinating.  If you want to learn more, she is on Instagram @jencableart.

Overall it was a great afternoon.  I hadn’t been for a few years and was pleased I made the effort to go and get inspired!

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