• The Knitting & Stitching Show Review

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    This was my very first Knitting and Stitching Show, so I was keen to find out what all the hype was about.  Off I trundled on my own and had an absolute BLAST!

    I arrived late morning on Saturday and straightaway knew that I wanted to get a place at Matt Chapple’s talk.  By the time I had managed to find where to buy the ticket and get a drink it was nearly time – so I thought I’d arrive early, and hopefully get a good seat!

    When I arrived there were already two ladies there waiting, and I loved that sewing people are so chatty and cheerful – so had a good natter while I was stood there!

    Matt’s talk was fantastic – he is such an inspiration!  I loved hearing all about him learning to sew in the army, tales from The Great British Sewing Bee and what he is up to now.  He was so genuinely humbled that we all bought tickets to come to his talk too – such a thoroughly nice chap. I even managed to get a photo with him, and had a very quick chat at the end.  This was the highlight of my day – I was over the flipping moon! Matt’s blog, Sew What’s New, is really fantastic, and I would definitely recommend you getting on there for a read.

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    After a quick phone call to husband to tell him all about meeting Matt (lots of squealing!), I made my way into the halls to rummage around all of the sellers.

    As I walked around, I came to one stall and remember thinking that the trims they were selling were familiar… and the same as ones I had seen Lisa Comfort talking about on one of her vlogs.  Well derrrr – I was at the Sew Over It stand! I was so excited to meet Lisa and get my photo with her – and I picked up a signed copy of her book too. I’m really looking forward to reading through this tonight!

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    Then I stumbled over the Fabrics Galore stand.  Their fabrics were epic.  I wanted them all!  I picked up a couple of Liberty print Tana lawns.  And on another stand I bought some amazing houndstooth purple/turquoise wool.

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    As my feet were feeling tired and sore, I thought I’d meander to the exit, but then saw that Chinelo Bally of Sewing Bee fame would be doing meeting and greeting.  I hadn’t had chance to check out her book, so it was great to have a look through.  Her freehand techniques on Sewing Bee were astounding – and would scare me to death!  But her book gives fantastic details on how to use her methods. So I managed to meet the lovely Chinelo, and get a signed copy of her fantastic book.  As I was about to get a selfie with her, a kind person behind asked if they could help by taking the picture. It was only blooming Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher!  Ahhhhh!!  So I managed to say hi to her which was really amazing.

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    By this time my feet really were aching and I hadn’t had anything to eat properly.  So I headed off – purchases of books and fabric weighing me down – feeling thrilled with how fab my day had been.   Thank you Knitting & Stitching Show!  You were all kinds of awesome!

    xxx

    And this man's hat... AMAZING

    And this man's hat... AMAZING

  • Coming up! - The Knitting & Stitching Show, London

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    Next on the agenda as far as events go for me, is my first time at The Knitting and Stitching Show.  This year it takes place at Alexandra Palace from 7th to 11th October.  Being relatively new to the world of sewing and dressmaking, I have never been to a Knitting and Stitching Show before – so this will be my first time!  I’ll be heading there this Saturday, 10th October 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to rummaging through fabrics and chatting with lovely people (because let’s face it, sewing folk are all lovely!).  I am hoping to build up some more of my fabric stash, so I fully intend on stroking my way around the stalls!

    Highlights for this show include lectures by winner of last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, Matt Chapple, a walkaway dress feature and crocheted fish from Kate Jenkins on display.  Can’t wait!

    The website has lots of info on all of the features at the show, and you can grab tickets there too.  Also check out the programme of workshops and lectures here.

    I hope everyone else is as excited as me about this.  Counting down the days already!

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  • A cheeky little Brumby skirt

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    Howdy y’all. I recently whipped up this cute little skirt especially for wearing to The Handmade Fair a couple of weeks back.  It’s a really easy pattern by Megan Nielsen called Brumby skirt.

    It was dead easy to sew – and quick too!  Which was good because I left it really last minute to make this (as is my way!).  I followed instructions from the Megan Niesen app to make this, which was really clear and helpful.  I quite liked following instructions in that way, though I do think I prefer having paper instructions.  Only because it was occasionally a pain to keep unlocking my phone.

    The fabric for this skirt was from my fantastic local, Backstitch.  It was lovely to work with – a light/medium weight light denim.

    I chose to make a very simple short skirt from all of the variations of Brumby.  And I went for the style without pockets.  And I also tightened the waist band to fit snuggly at my waist – so that I could wear it high-waisted.

    I love how girly I feel in this skirt.  Another one that you can’t help but twirl in!  I loved wearing this at the Handmade Fair too – though I did manage to flash a couple of grannies before getting on the train, when a gust of wind blew the skirt right up!  A proper Marilyn Monroe moment.  Can’t take me anywhere! 😉

    I hope you like my posh new DMs too.  They’re my pride and joy!

    TTFN.

    xxx

    Dress pattern: Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen

    Fabric: Light denim from Backstitch

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