Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Better Late than Never part 2: the Knitting and Stitching Show

I can't believe that it's been over a month since I had a couple of nights away to go to the Knitting & Stitching Show in London.

My friend and I had booked tickets ages ago and knowing that we were moving, we decided to get a train from Cardiff so it was all a bit of an adventure really!

It was a crazy long day. We caught a train from Cardiff around 7am in the morning and didn't arrive back until near 8pm!

The show itself was great fun. By the time we'd walked up the hill leading to Alexander Palace the weather was quite cheery and the view over London Town was incredible and so far reaching










Inside, it was another matter: lots of stalls, amazing fabric and fibres and millions (okay, a slight exaggeration, but it was a lot!) of people. All a bit crazy and overwhelming!

I had a few things on my wish list - rotary cutter blade, dresden template and Sewline Glue Pen (I know, all quite boring really!) - and kept my eyes open for other goodies.....which of course I managed to find!

One of the first things I bought was a small fabric bundle of off-cuts which I've already started to do some patchwork with and showed you the other day
Spring Carnival by fabric&flowers


It gave me an opportunity to try out the glue pen, which I have to say is fab!!!! I've seen it mentioned on a few other blogs and they really are handy. You use it like a normal glue stick, and it goes on blue so that you can see which bits are already sticky. I'll have to report back on how easy it is to removed the papers at a later date but I have high hopes. I've had to redo a few sections of the patchwork since I've taken the above photo's as I have such limited fabric that it really is down to the wire but I've just about been able to make it work!!!!!

I also found some fantastic Christmas fabric which is quite modern, whilst including the traditional words often seen during this time (it's Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda). The other night I had a play at making a block using this tutorial which I think is going to be the centre-piece of a table runner for the Christmas table this year. That's the plan, anyway!
Wonky Star block by fabric&flowers





















I also picked up a few other bits and pieces which I've not yet photographed, as I'm keeping some of them under wraps for secret Christmas present making!!!

I hope you've all had a good day and had slightly better weather than me - it's been thoroughly miserable here!!!

S x

Todays sky ● grey, wet, miserable. Meh!

1 comment:

Lynne said...

The quilting square looks great, and the fabric is lovely.

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