I paid a visit to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia last week. Here are some of my highlights:
The contemporary quilt exhibitions never disappoint, and I was excited to spot this beautiful piece, Herculaneum by the lovely Sue Hotchkis.
Other favourites included Meadow Construction by Christine Restall:
Horizons by Liesbeth Williams
Horizons by Leslie Brankin
and Added Mustard - Poc 7 by Christine Seager.
I also enjoyed the exhibition by Silkfelt Collective (you can see more here):
For the first time, I managed to be sufficiently organised to book a workshop. I took part in enamel button making with Make do and Mend. During the two hour workshop we had time to make five buttons (one test button then a set of four finished ones). The set of four are enamelled on both sides for strength and I think they look pretty good - the image below shows them before I filed the edges - they now look much neater! Planning to make myself a piece of jewellery with them but haven't yet decided what.
I did a little shopping too, some Japanese fat quarters from Japan Crafts, bobble trim and rik rak from House of Alistair, a mother's day present for my mum from Katie Essam (can't share here in case she sees this!), a couple more Selvedge Magazine's for my collection and a copy of Push Stitchery from Mr X Stitch - I'll do a separate post about this book another time - it's fab.
Finally, I very nearly bought a pattern from Sew La Di Da who make vintage style dress patterns - I think I might've found the perfect pattern for a dress in my South Bank fabric, but I need to get on and make the other things I have planned first!