I spent a great day out at the Knitting And Stitching Show at Alexandra Park, in London, on Saturday. I travelled there with my daughter, and we has a wonderful day getting lots of inspiration from all the crafty stalls...
...my friend Pam introduced me to Lesley, Faeries In My Garden, who was there with her beautiful work and yes, I was tempted to buy one of her beautiful kits! However I wasn't tempted this year at the Bernina stand as I'd already done my "Bernina" shopping a few weeks ago online (a new straight stitch needle plate and an open toed embroidery foot as recommended by Philippa Naylor)...
...I don't knit or crochet, but my daughter Alice does, and she really enjoyed looking at the beautiful woo that was on display. I rather liked some of these crocheted projects, and we went home with some wool for her to make me a scarf for my birthday...
...there were lots of gorgeous projects on display, and lots of things to inspire us! I saw Hilary Beattie again, she was really busy on the Art van Go stand, and was as full of enthusiasm as always - oh, and she has a new book out, too...
...and then of course there was the shopping! I bought a bundle of "Eclectic Elements" fat quarters (designed by Tim Holtz) from Lady Sew and Sew, and a beautiful cushion kit called "Wartime Sweethearts" from Faeries In My Garden...
...I couldn't resist some skeins of hand dyed embroidery threads by Cottage Garden Threads from The Thread Studio, these colours are simply gorgeous, and finally this is the Stylecraft Alpaca wool and pattern that Alice is going to use to crochet a scarf for my birthday. We really did have a great day out, and we will definitely go again together next year!
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These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.