Friday, 11 April 2014

Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch 2014

 A bit late now as it was back in March that I went to the Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch Show at the NEC (combined with Sewing for Pleasure & Hobbicrafts) but I am always so impressed by what textile art is out there that it's always worth sharing. Here are just a few of my favourites: 

There is always something spectacular that stands out at the show attracting lots of attention and this year it was this incredible 'Knitted Lady' made up completely of course of knitting.

 Even down to her mug of tea and biscuits.

On show were some of the original costumes from the film of  Les Miserables. These are just two as worn by The Thenardiers played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham.

Knitting always features strongly at the show and Toft Alpaca were here again with something slightly different this year to their usual knitwear garments and bags.  Their stand had been taken over by these cute little crocheted animals. You can go and see the lovely Alpacas on their farm and visit the workshop and studios not far from here in Dunchurch, Warwickshire.

Loved Blake the orang-utan.

Bark Cloth was something I had become familiar with at an exhibition last year at IKON Gallery, Birmingham featuring The Tapa Bark Cloths of the South Pacific.  Bark Cloth is literally a cloth made from the bark of trees and textile artist Bobby Britnell in collaboration with shoemaker Janet Middleton have produced this stunning exhibition 'BarkCloth to ArtCloth' as a way of promoting the charity 'Hands up for Uganda'.  A number of textile artists were encouraged to decorate bark cloth from the Matuba tree in Southern Uganda which would then be made up into shoes by Janet. Here are some of the results:

This amazing portrait by textile artist Kerry Moseley is actually knitted wire and machine embroidery.  

One of the prizewinning entries on the Madeira Threads Stand - This piece is all about tea.

Who should we bump into while walking round but non other than 3 of the lovely ladies from The Great British Sewing Bee. Had a great stop and chat with them and spoke to one of my favourites Heather (2nd from right) about her wonderful Pin Dog and she told us the pattern for him would be available in the autumn from Muji.  It was great too to see Heather win GBSB 2014 on Tuesday with her stunningly elegant couture ball gown creation.


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  2. I love the 'Knitted Lady'. I have never thought that knitted can be close to art. I'll try to make one little 'Knitted Lady' at home for my daughter.Thanks

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