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Exploring Ally Pally and The Knitting & Stitching Show

Exploring Ally Pally and The Knitting & Stitching Show

It’s been a few years since I’ve ventured to the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally. It’s a biannual show which also takes place at Harrogate.

Exploring Ally Pally and The Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting & Stitching Show is a great show for people who love craft. There are exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and lots of shopping to be done. I didn’t manage to book myself on any workshops (they sell out quickly) so I just went to look round the exhibits and do some shopping.

I made sure to visit first thing on Saturday morning as the show can get really busy. First I headed straight to the main hall and walked round all the stands. There was lots going on, with demonstrations and free talks.

After I had seen everything I walked into the smaller exhibition room (which was still quite large!). There were more stands and I saw some of my famous sewing brands. I picked up a crochet kit after seeing all the inspiring makes on the Toft stand.

Exploring Ally Pally and The Knitting & Stitching Show

Sadly that was my only purchase, although there were plenty of eye-catching kits, fabrics and notions.

I made sure to spend plenty of time looking round the exhibitions space and there were some amazing pieces. I especially liked the work based on building sites. The artist picked up discarded high vis clothing and incorporated them into her work which I thought was really clever.

Exploring Ally Pally and The Knitting & Stitching Show

My favourite part of the show was seeing the Domestic Dusters curated by Vanessa Marr. This is a collection of yellow dusters embroidered with domestic thoughts, feelings, complaints and celebrations as words or images.

Domestic Dusters

The duster was selected as a metaphor for domesticity and it made for an eye-catching display. I really enjoyed looking at each one and thought it made for a thought-provoking display as you entered and left the show.

Domestic Dusters

Every year I blog about my purchases to shame me into making them. Here are my previous posts:

Knitting and Stitching Show 2015

Knitting and Stitching Show 2014

Knitting and Stitching Show 2012

Knitting and Stitching Show 2011

Knitting and Stitching Show 2010

Knitting and Stitching Show 2009

Knitting and Stitching Show 2007


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