This year’s autumn Knitting & Stitching Show takes place from 11-14 October and has a fresh new layout, look and feel. Some of the brand-new features for 2018 include the entire Edward’s Menagerie collection from TOFT – 300 amigurumi crochet patterns by Kerry Lord, which will be displayed in the Palm Court Foyer.
A TOFT-hosted Hangout Area will provide a space for crafters and Instagram friends to catch up. In addition, Artists in Acton, presented by Art Van Go will offer a live, working studio space featuring mixed-media textile artists including Amanda Hislop and Alison Hulme. The Craft Village will feature small boutique craft companies and comfortable places to sit and relax, and The Innovation Station will include demonstrations of the latest craft products.
The event will also feature The Knitters’ Café (sponsored by Mez) in The Great Hall, hosted by Knitting For All, in partnership with Rowan – an information area about careers teaching knitting and crafting classes, and The Prosecco Bar, located in The Grand Hall.
Visitors can enjoy over 250 practical workshops, sponsored by Create & Craft, and demonstrations by top tutors, including a dedicated Dressmaking Studio, sponsored by Vlieseline Freudenberg, The Knitworking Station, where volunteers from UK Hand Knitting offer drop-in knitting and crochet lessons, and over 300 specialist craft suppliers from all over the world.
Headlining the show’s Textile Galleries this year are artists Caren Garfen, Jenni Dutton, John Allen and Nigel Cheney. There is also spectacular work by Alysn Midgelow-Martin, Carol Naylor, Cas Holmes, Dawn Hemming, Emily Tull, Lynn Hulse, Nicolas Jarvis and Susan Chapman. Exhibiting groups are Dionne Swift and Collective Stitches, the Embroiderers’ Guild, the Royal School of Needlework, SAQA, Studio 21 and Yoke.
The next generation of talented textile graduates will be showcasing their work in the Graduate Showcase. Students exhibiting their work include: Amy Elizabeth Vance and Fay Jones from University of Central Lancashire; Emma Wilkinson from Edinburgh College; Jessie Dickinson from Falmouth University; Suzanne Redois from Nottingham Trent University; Apan Azad from Huddersfield University; Kerry Napier from Newcastle College; and Libby Vale from Hereford College of Arts. Exhibiting scholars will be Melanie Kay and Jessica Grady from University College London.