So rather than sitting at my desk last Thursday I instead had the absolute joy of attending the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. I’m still new to these kinds of shows; I did attend the Wool Festival in Cockermouth last year but other than that I haven’t had chance to attend many more. Not to mention that it’s hard to find people to go with… my fiance is very obliging but it’s not really his thing.
Well once I found the tickets on Groupon I texted one of the few crafty people I knew and before I knew it, we had a date! It was a little bit of a drive and parking was less than ideal but we got there in the end! I only really expected to spend an hour or so looking around and then drive home but I hadn’t realised just how huge this place is! There we 4 MASSIVE rooms filled to the brim with all manner of crafts, kits and gadgets that you could possibly imagine. I did try to get a few pictures, but I didn’t have my big camera with me and my phone conked out halfway through, so I do have some pictures. How about we take a look at the highlights?
Knitting and Stitching Show
Quilting was a really big thing here (well it is the stitching show) and made me really wish I knew how to quilt. Some of the quilts they had on display we truly beautiful; the skill was outstanding! There were so many stands selling huge swathes of material, and many selling packs of themed squares that whatever you wanted, you could get it!
Need a sewing machine? No bother, we have them too! I think you could even try them out to see how they feel… I wasn’t brave enough to give one a go, I was too worried I’d break it.
Knitting and Crochet
It was mostly knitting here, which is fine by me but I still don’t quite have the skill to be able to tackle some of the beautiful patterns you could buy. Nevertheless, it was still wonderful to see the skill and to admire the beautiful work.
KnitPro also had a stand with all the hooks and needles you could possibly need. Cue me ogling the Knitpro symfonie knitting needles to match my crochet hooks….. Just too much pretty!
There was also lots and lots of cross stitch; not just kits to buy but also gorgeous designs stitched up by the professionals. There were kits to buy for all skill sets and ages, even children’s kits using a plastic grid which I thought was wonderful!
We spotted a wonderful stall called Decoupatch; they had so many cute things! Loads of mache shapes and items for you to decorate; animals, vehicles, Christmas decorations! And the lady in the stall was sat at the front decoupaging a chair, which was so wonderful to watch.
The felt stalls were among those that impressed me the most; it’s easy to think of felt as a cheap and nasty material but so many beautiful things were created with felt that I was quite mesmerised by them. I wish I could have taken pictures of all of them but many of the stalls did not allow pictures, especially if there were one-of-a-kind items on them.
How amazing are these felted animals and bunting?! I really wanted the hedgehogs! And the kits to make them came with everything you needed to felt it which I loved!
These ‘paintings’ were absolutely stunning, they were also made with felt. I can’t even comprehend how she gets such intricate detail out of felt but I really loved looking at them.
In the end, I treated myself to a kit to hand sew your own animal. I really wanted the snail below:
How amazing is it?! But I’d have nowhere to keep it so in the end, I decided on the penguin who will fit in perfectly with our Christmas decor.
The gadgets were by far my favourite part of the show, being able to see so many cool things to make crafting life way more fun! I wanted all of them and in my indecision to choose just one, ended up not getting any. They are of course all going on my Christmas list!
This thing is crazy, for a simple piece of plastic you can make tens of pom poms at once of all different sizes! Now you will know how much of a clover girl I am when it comes to pom-pom makers but this really impressed me.
it’s a giant comb! At least that’s what it looks like. The gentleman on the stand made it look like magic! Just wrap this here and there, tie it up and you have a bow! Bows are not supposed to be that easy!! I need this is my life!
This was by far one of the coolest things we saw, probably just because I’ve never tried foiling before but this pen made it crazy easy! Draw your design on, rub on your foil and you have an amazing professional finish! Of course with my calligraphy skills, it won’t look as professional as hers, but I’m still gonna hold out for one of these kits!
Artists at work
This was a lovely little segment of the show where you could go in and watch as artists showed off their craft. There was a lady who used stitches and melting fabric to make the most intricate and beautiful designs. Another transferred leaves onto fabric. Another artist had her sketchbooks out for you to flick through which was a wonderful insight into her artistic process. Of course, I didn’t want to impose by taking pictures, this was really something you needed to see in person.
All in all, we had a very tiring but amazing day! Absolutely worth the drive, I just wish I had more money to spend while we were there! The kits you can get are such a lovely introduction to a new craft and I cannot wait to get my penguin up! Did anybody else attend the Knitting and Stiching Show this year? What did you treat yourself to?