Last Saturday I took myself off for a day in London at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show 2013 at Olympia.
I love these shows but always spend far more than I intended. I try to do a workshop for something I haven’t tried before but as I didn’t know whether or not I was going to make the show because of work commitments I hadn’t booked anything in advance.
I was a bit disappointed to be honest – apart from the stalls there wasn’t a lot else going on. It was really a cut down version of the Autumn show which is held at Ally Pally. The only workshop I fancied doing – dragonfly gold stumpwork was also the only workshop that was fully booked which was a shame.
However, I did enjoy some fabric shopping at Mr Rosenberg’s stall – Mr Rosenberg sells designer fabric and has a website at www.stitchfabrics.co.uk It is well worth checking out his site as he has some beautiful material including silks from Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Docle and Gabbana – these start at over £60 per metre but he has some cheaper silks. I picked up this one from his stall for £8 a metre which is cheaper than his online price:
I am going to make a pussybow blouse from this to go with a black skirt – which I haven’t made yet but I did buy a metre of his italian wool crepe which was beautiful to the touch and which cost me a staggering £40 but this is what I wanted to achieve with my sewing – make the clothes I can’t afford to buy. Last time I saw him he had some wonderful Italian wool from Marc Jacobs which was £60 a metre. Not all of his stuff is this expensive as his prices start from about £6.50 a metre for cotton but his silks and even his polyesters are very nice patterns.
The highlight of the show was meeting Lisa Lam of www.u-handbag.com in person. She even admired my purse that I had made out of a pattern and frame that she supplied but I think she was being polite.
I’m glad I got to the show early as it got really busy towards lunchtime which was when I left to meet my son for lunch in town. We had a nice meal at Cafe Rouge and then went to Liberty’s to have a look at their vintage designer collection. £2,000 for a 40 year old Chanel Jacket etc. They had some handbags there including a Hermes Crocodile skin and a snip at £36,000. Mind you I thought it was pretty dire and my son commented that if he went out on a date with a girl who pitched up with that he would think that she had got it from a charity shop.
By this time my son was bored and the Rugby was due to start on the TV so he was keen to get away to his flat so we parted company and I took my by now very sore feet off to Kings Cross.
All in all it was an expensive day – train fare to London, ticket to the show, fabric purchasing, lunch for two and a new jumper for my son but I had a really nice day out and came home with some goodies.
Sewing for Pleasure is on at Birmingham this weekend and this is my favourite show – I really should have waited for that one. I am in two minds whether or not to go but there is always a lot to see there. I could, of course, spend my time actually doing some sewing for a change!