Thursday, Oct. 7, before I took Eurostar to Brussels I attended my favorite fiber art show - the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace. This isn't really a palace, but more of an event center. It is perfect for this show.
The whole area really catches the excitement of the show. A Mrs. Smith made the seat cushion, pillows, leg cuffs and cover for the bus stop in front of Ali Pali (what the locals call the palace). This was a beautiful greeting to those arriving and departing.
As soon as I arrived my friend Maudie found me. It was fun going into the show with her. In the entrance is always a challenge. This year it was fabric bags made from scraps leftover from projects.
This is actually a unique idea that one woman started here in the UK. Bags are made and passed out to people who are shopping so that plastic and paper bags aren't needed. These are given free to whomever wants one. I love that idea. Who wouldn't love to have a hand-made shopping bag. There were hundreds of bags at the show and all beautifully made.
Wouldn't it be wonderful to start this all over the world?
About 8 years ago several of us got together and decided to have a stand at the show. I did the show for 3 years with Betts Vidal, Barbara Willis and Michele Meinhold. The 4th year I worked with Rainbow Silk, then after decided to just come and enjoy the show. Barbara took over the event and added Gloria McKinnon, who is our friend from Australia.
Not sure you can see the amazing Asian Dreams crazy patch quilt on the wall next to Colleen. I bought all the blocks from Gloria last year and have started putting them together. Gloria also comes to Piecemaker's Country Store in Costa Mesa, California to teach. It is there that we all take her classes to learn all the wonderful silk ribbon work that Gloria does.
The exhibits at the show, as I said earlier, are all breath-taking. Below are some miniature hats that simply blew me away. All are made of fibers, even the strawberries on the hat towards the front.
Yes, that is a shark attacking the straw hat. He's made of fibers, too.
Jan Beaney, Jean Littlejohn, Maggie Grey, Val Holmes, Richard Box and so many others were there with new work. I didn't have time to see everything as I only had 3 hours. I then took the tube to Kings Cross then to St. Pancras, collected my luggage and took Eurostar to Brussels and then another train to Rixensart to see our youngest daughter and her family.
More on that next time.