Last month I made my usual visit to The Fashion & Embroidery Show at the NEC. We are lucky living in Birmingham to be so near to the big sewing shows and festivals. This one is one of my favourites as it showcases textile arts, embroidery, experimental stitching, knitting, mixed media and fashion design. Now as the title of this blog suggests, I do love a good cardigan so was delighted to come across this beauty.
The Aberteifi Cardigan was designed by artist Lisa Hellier whose idea was to bring together the townsfolk of Cardigan to create a huge 5 metre cardigan to celebrate 900 years of the town's heritage. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund over 300 people of all ages and walks of life in the local community knitted pieces to make up the cardigan. The knitters had free reign to create their own patterns and shapes, meeting every Sunday and listening to talks about their town's history as they knitted. All in all the cardigan took 9 months to knit and a further 6 weeks to sew it all together.
Lisa works as an illustrative map maker and graphic designer and designed the cardigan as a knitted map of the town of Cardigan and the coastline. This really was the mother of all cardigans. Just one of the highlights at a fantastic show which is heaven to me and all who are interested in textiles. More to follow about the show in my next blog.