The Knitting and Stitching Show is currently on at Alexandra Palace in London (11th-14th October), then moving on to Dublin (1st-4th Nov) and Harrogate (22nd-25th Nov).
I got a severe ticking off after last time, and I have so so much stuff already waiting to be stitched, so I was determined not to load myself down with too much this year. But I did still want to visit, and see some of the exhibition pieces.
The stands which stood out for me were of course the Mr X Stitch one, who curated a stand full of interesting big and little stitching with a wide range of materials. I loved the stitched car door and the real door and he even personalised a book for me :)
The other exhibition stand which was incredible, as I expected was the Royal School of Needlework. Sadly, no photography allowed on many of the stands, including this one, but the pieces were outstanding, beautiful, wonderfully and perfectly crafted. Way to make me feel like my work is totally inadequate!!! There really is no substitute for going to see the finished pieces in person.
Anyway, I was good. I came away with only one bag of stash. This contained:
One Table Magnifying Lamp - finally a mains powered lamp and magnifier. Sadly, the floor standing ones all seem to have enormous bases, which won't fit under my sofa, so at least if I have a table one, I can work on some of my smaller pieces during the dark evenings.
Some new xmas card designs from the Nutmeg Company - these went down so well when I made them for a previous xmas, so I thought I'd buy some more!
A couple of small Michael Powell designs. I've liked these for a while, so I decided to get a couple of small pieces to work on.
The stand had an amazing large piece of orange hand dyed fabric with a black dragon stitched onto it. I bought 5 pieces of various hand dyed fabrics, the pale green (sparkling rainforest) and lilac (Lilac Ice) with opalescent sparkles in the fabric. I also got Slate, Fire and Black Dahlia. These are all small pieces just to see what I can do with different fabrics.
And that's it! I can't wait to rip all the packets open and get started.