I was given a complimentary ticket for the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Place by Wonderfil and as my daughter lives in London it meant a free bed and with a cheap train ticket I went to visit the show and to see a couple of places I have been meaning to go to for a while.
Alexandra Palace is a lovely venue, and it was quiet as it was open an extra day. I met up with a couple of friends, said hello to lots of people so it was a very pleasant day. I didnt buy much and only saw one piece of work that I loved.
That sounds bad, no there was lots of lovely work!
The next day I visited the William Morris Gallery at Walthamstow. If you have never been then you should!
I first became familiar with the textiles of William Morris in the 70’s when I actually bought a copy of New From Nowhere (his book) which I never read.
Some of his work may be dark but some of his designs are still very contemporary.
I was particularly interested in the display case showing some Icelandic textiles that Morris collected when he visited there.
The embroideries made by his wife and daughter are still very brightly coloured
I then went on to a National trust property 2 Willow Rd, it was the home of Arno Goldfinger in the 1930’s and has some fabulous features.
We then went on to Fenton House where there are is a 17th Century Stumpwork casket and an Elizabethan Sweet bag.
Before getting the train home we went to the Tower of London to see the Poppies.
I walked in to Paperchase to see some Christmas cards with a similar design to my latest quilt ( decorated jumpers). I have included the photo here – just so that everyone knows the cards came after my quilt.
I arrived home to find a parcel for me – my threads arrived from Aurifil. These have been given to me by Aurifil for use at one of my workshops. Lucky students! Thanks to Aurifil!