The Knitting and Stitching Show is the largest textile event in Europe – held at Alexandra Palace for over 20 years.
In just four days every October, the doors of Alexandra Palace open to an international audience of almost 50,000 dedicated craft, sewing and knitting enthusiasts. It’s a major event attracting numbers to rival Florence and the Machine who played in March or even as far back as the Technicolor Dream of 1967!
The Knitting and Stitching Show has been running since the early nineties; testament to the growing strength of the stitching world. While the economy suffers, crafting thrives. Sewing Cafés are springing up all over the country and groups like Craft Guerrilla can be found knitting in an East London pub. The Knitting and Stitching Shows provide a place where these hobbies can be indulged to the full; experts, products and inspiration all under one roof.
The Palace itself has undoubtedly contributed to the popularity of the show. A grand, beautiful 19th Century building in acres of green space with fabulous views across London. But the Ally Pally show has earned a reputation because it’s the best textile event in the country – the venue just adds to the magic.
It’s the place to come and buy knitting yarns, fabric, sewing machines and much more. It’s the place to learn a new skill – anything from crochet to cross stitch, felt making to fabric dyeing. It’s the place to meet like-minded people and be inspired by creative talent.
When it began the show occupied a small section of the Great Hall. Today every inch of space is used for wonderful displays of textiles, companies selling hard-to-find products, workshops, fashion shows, demonstration areas, even an ‘Upcycling Academy’ to learn how to recycle old clothing and turn it into something new.
Young faces are everywhere at The Knitting and Stitching Show and if you’re a newcomer to crafts it’s the perfect place to start. It’s fun, it’s fashionable and it’s staged at one of London’s most beautiful and historic venues, so make your way to Alexandra Palace from the 11th to 14th October 2012, open 10am to 5.30pm (closes 5pm Sunday).
Tickets cost £12 in advance (£11 concessions). Call 01394 288521 or visit www.twistedthread.com
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