A brief glimpse into the Knitting & Stitching Show in London

A brief glimpse into the Knitting & Stitching Show in London

This weekend the biggest fibre and fabric-related event in Europe happened right here in London. Every year I volunteer for my spinning guild and, in return, I get a free pass for all days.

Although the Knitting & Stitching Show is mostly about the sales, there’s always a section dedicated to textile arts. Established artists as well as art school finalists exhibit their work every year, so that’s what I’m sharing with you today.


Let’s admire this larger-than-life crocheted cow by TOFT. They also had a giant lobster and other animals. How many hours went into each?


The artist Jenni Dutton had an exhibit about her Mother, called Dementia Darnings. You can imagine by the title how poignant each portrait was – we see this woman depicted from a young age to her final, frail days. I was very moved by it.
Look closely – can you tell how each work was created?


It’s yarn. You can see it hanging down on the portrait above. Isn’t it wonderful? All this hard work, you can tell the artist loved her mother very much. I felt like hugging her for this dedication.

Next, quilts. I’m not a particular fan of the “traditional” ones but when this technique is applied to create something unusual, you have my full attention.

I’m afraid the pictures don’t do these works justice. Both artists are American I think you can feel a lovely sort of vintage US vibe to these images.

Finally, something that made me smile, by Libby Vale.


Ironing is definitely not on my list of priorities, so I connected perfectly with the sentiments depicted in this board!

There was a lot more to show, but I’ll leave that to my next blog post. I hope you enjoyed my choice of art. Have you ever been to the Knitting & Stitching Show, or a similar event where textile art is shown? Let me know all about it in the comments section.

17 thoughts on “A brief glimpse into the Knitting & Stitching Show in London

  1. How wonderful to have such a nice exhibit close by. Very lovely and poignant works. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Leonor for the lovely post and the great photos. The Knitting and Stitching Show has been on my bucket list for a long time. I would love to go. I haven’t seen anything in the US that even compares. Perhaps one day…

    1. I’m glad you liked it! You’ve so many wonderful events in the US as well, like Rhinebeck (did I spell it correctly?) Funny how our bucket lists are in our respective countries 😁

  3. Jenny Dutton did a wonderful representation of her Mother in stitch. Is is always great to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show. Thanking you for sharing this event. I have been many times when I lived in the U.K. and it is always on my list when I take students on tours to U.K.

  4. Loved all the pieces that you chose to show us Leonor, thank you. I think there will come a time when I volunteer at Woolfest, to really be ‘amongst’ it, but the free passes will be nice of course! 😉

    1. Glad you like it, Tracey! Being amongst it really changes one’s perspective, it’s wonderful 😀 I’m volunteering for Yarndale this year as well, free passes always get me 😆

  5. I love this selection of art you’ve shared with us. The Jenni Dutton series is very thought provoking.
    I used to attend the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate for many years with my like mind friend. We would arrive very early and almost be thrown out! As we have aged, and the crowds become more pressing (literally) we have not attended. Your photos show me that it is time this year to put on some armour and re-charge my artistic batteries. Thank you

    1. So glad I inspired you! I know exactly what you mean about the crowds, there was so many people it was a little daunting. Here’s the secret: go on a Thursday (the longest day), arrive early and take a long break during lunch – go to the restaurant or the Ally Pally café and just knit or chat. After 3 the crowd thins out substantially and you can walk about and enjoy things properly again!

    2. Good advice. Thanks. I now need to coordinate diaries to see if it is feasible on the longest day.

  6. We’ve been to Ally Pally several times but we didn’t go this year – and we really missed some great stuff didn’t we? So thank you for posting your photos and we look forward to seeing more.

    We’d love to have seen Jenni Dutton’s art for ourselves – it’s very moving and the final piece is heart-rending. As for the skill involved in the making of the pieces … she’s in a class of her own.

    The quilts are amazing and the ironing board is thought-provoking and we’d love to have seen the giant crocheted creatures.
    What a year we chose not to go!

    1. It really was a great year for artwork. There was even a section called The Artist In Action where some artists were just creating, you could come up to them and chat, ask questions…

      Pop by next year, I’m sure they’ll have lots of wonderful things again 😀

    1. Thanks, Ann. Those portraits really did a number on my heart. You know when you feel like your breath has been caught in your throat and your heart skips a beat? That’s how I felt, I knew I was in front of something very powerful.

      Unfortunately the ironing board was behind the stand so I couldn’t catch it completely! The small letters say, “bored bored bored bored” 🙂

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