Last month we visited the handmade fair at Hampton Court. This month we visited
To me The ‘K & S’ show is a trade show with pop-up-shops, plus some beautiful textile art on the side. Its a grown-up show. An entirely different atmosphere compared to the Handmade fair (which I preferred Shhhhhh) On the plus side I met some super people, and bought a few things….
The textile art was incredibly beautiful and (as an ex student of textiles) I feel it deserves a post to itself. I will show you that part later. Here then are some highlights of our visit…
So many shops, I skipped a few and visited the ones that interested me the most:
Merchant and Mills
I bought a pattern and some ribbed cotton.
Sew me something
I took pictures and distracted Jules and Claire (sorry girls) but don’t they look glamorous?
Having become a fan of all things ‘Toft’ since recently having reviewed Kerry’s latest book Ed’s Menagerie . I was delighted to meet the author herself (so may I add was the ‘talented other half’ who noted the striking similarity she has to the singer ‘Pink’ one of his idols!)
Talking of pink will you take a look at ‘Sophia’ the giant flamingo? Kerry told us it took 48 hours to crochet!
I fell head over heels in love with this shop and its yarn.
I bought a giant size 25 mm wooden crochet hook…I have plans!
There has always been a place in my heart for Clothkits, I grew up with them. Therefore I was delighted to see all the new designs by Jane Foster ‘in the flesh’ I may have bought a fishing eskimo!
Alexandra Palace is a fascinating historic building, with awe inspiring views over London Town.
I met Debbie Bliss and Emma Varnam. Oh they were charming and so down to earth… I was a little overcome at meeting such ‘Yarn Royalty’ but at least the photo was a beauty and my camera shake did not show! Thank you ladies such a pleasure to meet you both!
We also bumped into Amy the new editor of Love Sewing Magazine. I had my hands full of much needed coffee but luckily I managed not to spill it all over her.
Yes there was fabric and yes there were sewing machines:
However by this time we were exhausted and decided to leave in search of wine and an early supper ‘up west’
Adieu knitting and stitching show…until next year maybe?