The Knitting and Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK, it’s packed with textile craft goodies to buy, workshops and galleries. I went along to check out some of the exhibitors this year and to see what was new in the world of embroidery…
‘She Was Cooking Something Up’.
Caren’s work consists of a full-size kitchen installation which brings together all of her research over the past three to four years on women, dieting and body image. Enter the kitchen at your peril!
TOFT designs and manufactures quality alpaca and wool yarn and fashionable knitwear here in the UK from British sourced luxury fibres and is based on an alpaca farm in Toft, Warwickshire. TOFT is for the stylish ethically-minded crafter looking for a proper great British story behind their knitting and knitwear. I loved their space at the exhibition, they had fabulous product, creative workshops and many patterns to learn and get involved in!
The image below is of a machine embroidery called ‘Playground’. This work is over a metre wide and 75cm in length. It hangs away from the wall, and so you see enlarged images of the children on the plain wall behind. It will hopefully give people the idea of a type of ‘PICK & MIX’ approach where the buyer can choose up to 4 images from the ‘Playground’ to put in a frame for themselves.
‘How many Mountains’ is the title of this beautiful embroidered quilt – the detail of the stitch is amazing.
Main inspirations include urban architecture, surface texture and Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures. Her work focuses on surfaces and the conceptual contrast between hard and soft, incorporating both textiles and concrete. These designs have been created for innovative interior surfaces.
Her work is a combination of copper thread and glass on metal pins and industrial felt. Mining is part of the fabric of Cornwall, shaping the landscape while shaping the lives of the people. The Cornish mining story is all about people: the men, women and children who worked hard in dangerous conditions to earn a living.
The technique of layered felt padding is liberated from its conventional home underneath gold work embroidery that would be found on a coronation gown and up scaled to create sculptural rock forms. Gold and silver embroider threads are swapped for copper and tin – the lifeblood of Cornwall.
Currently studying at the University of Huddersfield on the Surface Design course, Bridget specialises in embroidery and exhibited some of her work at the show. Her work is based on the visual expression of dreams, and inspired by social issues, surfaces and her drawings. The pieces she has created are based on the four stages of sleep and the movement of the brain, by using the Amaya embroider machine she creates detailed movement in stitch textures.