You'd be dotty to miss this year's Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on 11th - 15th October 2017. The shows are specifically designed for anyone with a love of textile based craft and you will find hundreds of workshops, professionally curated galleries, demonstrations, and hundreds of carefully selected exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Enjoy a wonderful day crafting your way through knitting lessons, tailoring workshops, re-stocking your yarn stash and more.
Be inspired in the show's prefessionally curated textile galeries showcasing over 20 of the world's leading textile artists. This years galleries include work from Jo Beattie, Amy Twigger Holroyd and Diana Harrison.
Our Autumn show at the iconic Alexandra Palace is the biggest textile event in the UK, with hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, interactive features, professionally curated galleries, as well as 300 of our most loved exhibitors selling specialist craft supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your yarn stash, learning to knit, mastering the art of tailoring and more. There has never been a better excuse to get involved in craft!
with shopping, workshops and inspiration around every corner.
There's also drop-in knitting and crochet sessions with UK Hand Knitting's team of experts.
If it's time to top up your stash, check out the latest yarns and products from nearly 400 retailers.
Then take time to enjoy a knitting workshop, including:
- Knit using the magic loop: 2 socks at a time, Develop skills in knitting: simple lace, Cable knitting is fun and creative - all with Diana Wilderspin Jones
- Sew knits on a sewing machine - with Wendy Ward
- Develop design skills in Fair Isle knitting - with Monica Russel (Knit Knacks)
- Knitting with wire (poppy brooch, autumn sparkle bracelet) - with Susan Burns
- Lucet: Viking knitting - with Ziggy Rytka
- Confetti: knitting in wire - with Kath Orsman
- Knitted Christmas decorations - with Sally Holman
- Knit a Christmas pudding choc cosie - with Terry Harper
The full workshop and talks timetable can be found here. http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/
If you enjoy a laugh, you can also meet the risque knitted residents of idyllic English village Woolly Bush, in daily screenings of Nudinits: Tickled Pink. This award-winning stop-motion animation film stars a cast of naked knitted characters, by writer, designer and knitter Sarah Simi and animator Ed Hartwell. There's also the launch of the Nudinits book, which features 15 knitting patterns including Woolly Bush locals Bernard and Barbara.
At the show you can also see the Black Icons exhibition, which celebrates black culture through textiles as part of Black History Month. The project celebrates iconic black British cultural figures from the 1920s and 30s, and 37 young people have produced a magazine to celebrate their heritage. It features textiles that were designed, created and modelled by the volunteers, inspired by traditional East African Kanga cloth, to celebrate their chosen Black Icons.
The Black Icons magazine will be launched at the House of Lords in October during Black History Month. Copies will be available at the show and online at the FAD website.
The Knitting & Stitching Show takes place at Alexandra Palace from 5th-9th October. Advance tickets cost £14.50 but if you use use discount code SIMPKNIT you can save £2.50 on tickets. To order visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london or call 0844 581 1302 (+44 0121 796 6100 from outside the UK).
*Valid on adult tickets in advance only, or £1 off concessions. Terms & conditions and £1.50 booking fee applies.