The Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally (Alexandra Palace) has been on my “must do” list for quite a while and this year I finally managed to make it! In case you have ever wondering what its like I thought it would be fun to share with you a little about my stitching day out..
Upon arrival at The Palm Court Entrance I was greeted by this gorgeous yarn bombed car.
As you can see from the top photo, Alexandra Palace (also know as The Peoples Palace), is a pretty grand old place. It was built back in 1873 and although in need of some renovation has the most amazing panoramic views over London. In 1936 it was used by the BBC for its first public television transmission. The eastern part of the building still has the old transition mast.
The biggest area for the Knitting and Stitching Show’s 400 plus traders is in The Great Hall. With a huge organ at one end of the room and a round window at the other it’s an amazing venue to seek out your perfect buy.
The traders displays are well worth a look and a great source of inspiration.
Patchwork and applique quilts adorn the stand walls..
“Tree of Life” by Alice Caroline made from gorgeous Liberty fabrics.
There are fabulous ideas to feast your eyes on – check out this Christmas hanging made from ribbons…
The Crochet Chain stand had a scrumptious crochet shawl / blanket on display.
Just one ball of this variegated yarn made 9 gorgeous squares (a ‘must make’ for me!).
Amongst the array of crochet, dressmaking, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch and quilting delights you’ll even find a tea cozy to keep your well earnt cuppa warm!
Some amazing lace ladies taught me the” Lace twist”.
I was greeted with a fabulous smile by Stuart Hillard from The Great British Sewing Bee. Watch out for The Great British Sewing Bee Christmas Special!
In the West Hall were a mixture of stalls and display pieces. The latest Sirdar knits were on display.
Once of my favourite areas in the West Hall were The Graduate Showcase and Knitted Textile Award Galleries. Here are just a few pieces.
Katie Jones’s modern tribal crochet collection was so fun. The colour pallet was a reflection of the Salvation mountain in Siab City.
Kate Morris was inspired by art history and still life paintings – the images were pixelated and then knitted by Intarsia.
Sandra MG beautiful and luxurious linen dress.
Louise Crompton’s hand and machine knitting designs. The cushions, inspired by the digital computer age, used Swiss Darning.
Olivia Hunter’s knitted jumper was so quirky. Grannies, Poodles and S&M cat masks!
I totally fell in love with the knitted pictures (this one by Amanda Puleston), so much so I’ll be back with more in another post!
There were also areas of the show where some of the leading names in textiles presented their work.
Just one that caught my eye was Our World (of make-believe) by Mitsuko Tonouchi and Sonomi Tanimoto’s, two textile artists who use crochet, knitting, macramé and stitching for their experimental work.
And what did I buy?
Some yarn, buttons and rug hessian which will no doubt appear on my blog before long!
Before I finish, one final quick picture of the building itself and some well needed sanctuary space!
It looks great however I have stopped going to the Ally Pally now – so much going on here at Farnham Surrey. If you are close enough you might be interested in Thread which is having its debut this year https://farnhammaltings.com/festivals/thread/ it is a day about sewing and embroidery. We already have Unravel (all things knitting/crochet/wool festival) annually in February and is so successful and hopefully Thread will turn out to be as successful.
Thanks so much for the message. I will try and make it (the date for unravel is going in my diary for next year too!) Farnham is only just over an hour from me so will try my best to get there. X
What a great show, thanks for posting. I love the car and what fun to meet Stuart. He was so sweet and funny on the show, I’m looking forward to the Christmas Special. Hopefully it gets posted on Youtube so we can see it in the U.S.
Thank you for your lovely comment and that you like the Knitting and Stitching Show photos. X
Lovely post to read on a Sunday morning. Thank you for sharing. That variegated yarn for those crochet squares is definitely worth another look.
Thank you for your kind comment, its lovely to know it helped your Sunday morning get off to a good start.
Wow! I missed this one.. Loks like you had so much fun! Definitely will visit next one in March!
Lovely to read & see all of your photos as I couldn’t go, but maybe I’ll get the chance next year!
I’m so glad you posted all these lovely photos, I was there on Sunday and had the best time buying so many lovely things…for once I didn’t take photos though. You have shown me things that I managed not to see!
Thank you. Glad you made it too. I just want to go back now and do it all again!
Great photos. I really enjoyed your guided tour. It looks fantastic. 🙂
Thank you. X