The Knitting and Stitching Show 2013 at Olympia on Saturday was full of cuddly, middle-aged women.
And one of those was me… It was like being in an oestrogen-filled candy shop, with temptation at every turn: cashmere wool; rotary cutters; fat quarters; stamps; papers; felt; beads, buttons and bows.
Needless to say, I came away laden with goodies – craft magazines, ergonomically designed crochet hooks, quilting rulers,wool, buttons and…a satchel (goodness knows how that got in there).
Although it was completely mobbed, I must say that it was well organised – with lots of variety and pretty much no craft left unturned (although at last it seems that common sense has prevailed and quilling has fallen out of fashion – a dark blip on the landscape of artisan creation). There was some really prodigious talent too, such as these beautiful buttons:
Made out of porcelain by a handsome young designer, Jack Laverick, they are quirky and substantial – both for garments and for the adornment and decoration of projects. Check him out here: https://www.facebook.com/handmadebuttons
There was also a Folksy section, where home crafters displayed their considerable talents, like these cute little ‘Bamboots’: http://www.bamboots.co.uk/
I only wish they did them in adult sizes…
That’s my outfit sorted for Royal Ascot then!
There were magazines in abundance, most of which are now cluttering up my sitting room before edging their way, little by little, to the recycling bucket or charity bag where they will stay until I have the strength to ‘let them go’ or until they clear the house and I am found, suffocated, under back issues, wool and scraps of fabric.
The glorious display of quilts inspired me to get the Janome out from under the stairs.
Gosh, some people are talented. These were made with some type of intricate origami folding that would have had me reaching for the gin.
So, quilting it is then. Ignoring the five pairs of trousers I have sitting there, waiting to be shortened (why, oh why are my legs abnormally short?), I shall adorn the dining table with pins, threads, offcuts and wadding. Meals will be on laps whilst this is happening and the family will alternate between pizza and pasta whilst I create a masterpiece.
Although, not entirely sure I’d risk holding my breath for that to happen….