The knitting and Stitch Show is a favourite of mine and as one of the largest exhibitions in the UK, it certainly shows off some of the finest and newer craft companies/artists.
I was lucky enough to be asked to show at this year's exhibition, but unfortunately I was snowed under with freelance work so couldn't take part, but I did however manage a few hours to catch a glimpse of what was on offer.
I attended the show on the Thursday and found it to be very, very popular with visitors. Every aisle was a sea of hungry shoppers and eager crafters finding kits and equipment for their next big project. And I don't think anyone went home disappointed!
The main emphasis of the show this year centered around two main themes, firstly knitting. There were teach yourself how to knit classes and stands, along with lots of fantastic art and yarn finds on individual exhibitor displays. The second was the new Needle Felt Machine... and yes, I did buy myself one, so keep an eye out for some of my latest shop creations at Sara's Texture Crafts on DaWanda and Sara's Texture Crafts on Etsy!
The show combined different areas of exhibits and stands, firstly was the main mall packed with craft retailers and book shops, secondly was the textile gallery showcasing both established and new artists and lastly was the learning curve area. Twisted thread billed this area as;
We don't try and pretend that within a busy Show we can offer the best educational environment. What we can do is to offer you a "taster" of a wide range of subjects all introduced by top figures within their respective fields and to do so at either a ludicrously modest charge or entirely free of charge! Get onto The Learning Curve and enjoy!
Look out too for The Ten Minute Tutorial logo. There is no need to book such sessions - just grab an available place and you will be offered a mini session to introduce you to some basic techniques and ideas. They are offered absolutely free and provide a great way to get a grounding in a subject. Feel absolutely free to ask to ask the most basic questions - don't be embarrassed because we all have to start somewhere!
Most of the classes were fully booked before hand, so I couldn't get into those on the day, but I did come across plenty of busy crafters trying out the new felting machine I had just bought...
I definitely recommend a visit to this show, as I think it is a really great venue for inspiration. Here are the details and travel info quoted from the website and catalogue;
The Knitting and Stitching Show will be staged from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th October.
Opening hours are 10.00am through to 5.30pm except Sunday when the Show closes at 5.00pm.
Alexandra Palace is located in a beautiful park in the north of London and affords terrific views of the City in the distance. The lovely building forms a wonderful "home" for The Knitting and Stitching Show and is actually very easy to get to by road, rail, underground or bus. Alexandra Palace is signposted from several miles away and these signs are supplemented by specific Knitting and Stitching Show signs.
By Coach - Many coach companies run coaches to the show... log onto the website for more info.
By Car - There is free parking at Alexandra Palace for 2000 cars. Alexandra Palace is situated:
- 1 mile from the North Circular Road (A406)
- 5 miles from the M1 (Junction 2)
- 8 miles from the M25 (Junction 25)
- 5 miles from Piccadilly Circus
Major roads are signposted to Alexandra PalaceBy UndergroundTake the Piccadily line to Wood Green Station to connect with the free shuttle service which is available on most show days or the W3 Bus (5 minute bus ride).
By Bus - The W3 bus route runs from Northumberland Park to Finsbury Park and links the Palace with Wood Green and Alexandra Palace Stations. A free shuttle bus also operates on most show days.
By Rail - Mon-Fri - Every 15 minutes from Kings Cross, changing at Finsbury Park for Alexandra Palace Station OR from Moorgate direct.Saturday - Every 15 minutes from Kings Cross to Alexandra Palace Station (11 minutes).Sunday - Every 30 minutes from Kings Cross to Alexandra Palace Station (11 minutes).Both the free shuttle service and W3 bus stop just outside the station to connect you to the Palace (3 minutes bus ride). Exhibition visitors should ask for the Palm Court entrance bus stop.
To find out more about Twisted Thread shows visit http://www.twistedthread.com/index.asp