Monday, 24 April 2017

Fashion & Embroidery Show 2017

After blogging about the Cardigan for Cardigan in my last post I said I would show you some of the fabulous textile pieces I found at the Fashion & Embroidery Show at the NEC last month. Combined with Sewing for Pleasure it really is a great showcase for the very best textile art around. Here are just a few of the ones that particularly caught my eye: 

I love the patchwork jackets of textile artist Maria Thomas.  Maria creates these jackets from found materials such as this one made from a vintage linen tablecloth combined with food packaging. Her work is inspired by memories and experiences of family life and domestic chores. 

Loving the use in this one of an old paper sewing pattern and tape measure.

A jacket made from vintage denim jeans.  Another idea perhaps for all my old pairs of jeans.

And I loved this piece she made using old bottle tops and sweet wrappers. Maria will be Solihull Embroiderers guest speaker on 2 May talking about her journey through stitch and displaying her work so please come along if you can. Visit Solihull Embroiderers Facebook page for details of the event. 

Who remembers wearing cute little smocked dresses such as these? 

Girls will be Girls is a celebration of exquisite dresses that butter wouldn't melt little girls used to wear. A unique collection of heirloom-sewn dresses created by Wendy Hickson, textile conservator at the National Needlework Archive. 

For fans of Game of Thrones this amazing embroidery was created by members of the Embroiderers' Guild and consists of 4 panels butted together to make one vast embroidery 5.5m long and 3.8m high. To celebrate Game of Thrones Series 5 HBO commissioned the Embroiderers' Guild to create a special artwork featuring a 'White Walker' from the series.  

I have never got round to seeing Game of Thrones (late in coming to the party again but am hinting to DH for the box set) but this really was a sight to behold and the work that has gone into this piece is stunning. Along with the Royal School of Needlework, members of the EG from all over the country took part including Deborah Philpott from my own Solihull branch of the EG. It has since become known as the 'Hardhome Embroidery' after the battle that took place in GoT. Who said embroidery was dull?

Oh to have a waist like this but the poor women who had to wear this style of dress back in the day must have suffered dreadfully.  

All of these historical French costumes formed part of an exhibition called French Dressing and were created by Olivier Henry from Ecole Duperre in Paris. 

The High Street Stitch-Up - Crickhowell in Stitches - Two panels, one depicting the East and the other the West side of the High Street of Crickhowell in South Wales and the result of a commission from Arts Alive Wales.  

Over 600 people took part in the community art project with many of the  participants depicting themselves and their own shops and trades. 

Always enjoy browsing the trade stands so treated myself to a Merchant & Mills paper pattern which I am going to make up in linen. 

And a little bit of whimsy to end on. Couldn't resist this dapper little hare in his tweed suit.


  1. You really do write a great blog post Jacqui. Lots of interesting and inspiring things to look at. I'm still drooling with envy at your being at the Fashion & Embroidery Show. I better get it in my diary for next year.

  2. Oh thank you Lyn that's really kind of you to say. We also have the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August. That's also a great show with lots of exhibitions too as well as all the competing quilts and trade stands.

  3. Lynn sorry. excuse the spelling. I have 2 friends called Lyn. One with double N and one with single N and I always get them mixed up. x

    1. I know friends who are quilters have been to the August event and always enjoy it x


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