The Knitting and Stitching Show 10-13 November, 2011 – RDS, Dublin

… from knitting and stitching to felt-making, card-making, mixed media, jewellery-making! Great show for everybody who loves textiles and not only. There were hundreds of exhibitors selling their products and supplies, there were leading galleries and artists, plus workshops on patch-working, felt-making and quilting.  

The Upcycling Academy offered help to remodel and embellish a T-shirt and make into a new favourite fashion piece which later to model it on a Virtual Catwalk. Great fun for the teenagers that visited the show!

I visited the show on Friday at lunchtime. The place was full of people, despite the terrible weather outside. Nice and warm athmosphere, people smiling and looking happy! Great place to be indeed. I had only an hour and a half to spend, so I made my way in, strolling and taking in colours, faces, taglines. My friend Kate Ramsay from Fabulous Felt took a stand, so I visited her felt emporium. If you’re looking for a beautiful scarf, you’re in the right place. Kate Ramsay

Too packed with buyers to waste much of her time, I made my way to see another felt-maker, Nicola Brown. Nicola shared a stand with Nessa and other feltmakers from Feltmakers Ireland association. I arrived just in time to assist to one of their brooch making workshops, and I’ll share with you some photos taken during the felt-making process.

After selecting colourful merino batts and rubbing them between bubble wrap (of course not to forget about the water and soap), Nessa is rubbing the brooch directly with her fingers.

… the finished product: a lovely flower brooch

Nicola has written a full tutorial on how to create these cute felt brooches, so please visit Nicola’s blog, where you can get her professional advice.

Quite impressed with the Knitting and Stitching Show this year, I must say. Great exhibitors, great turnout… and lots of happy people leaving the venue with a bagfull of colourful wool, a cosy scarf or a load of new craft skills. …til next year…

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Irish based knitwear designer
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