The Knitting and Stitching Show Trip
On 7 October the Textiles students, Mrs Johnson and Miss Morrish visited Alexandra Palace to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show.
We travelled by coach and arrived just after 10am. The show was vast, including halls dedicated to inspiring displays by contemporary textile artists and new college graduates, as well as specialist stalls selling materials and resources and demonstrating their wares. In addition, there were workshops demonstrating new techniques in a special area called ‘The Learning Curve’ and the new ‘Creative Living Theatre’ where some of us heard a lecture by Chinelo, from the Great British Sewing Bee, giving advice on freehand pattern cutting.
The Year 10s had one hour workshops on either ‘Free Machine Embroidery’ or ‘Nuno Felting’ whilst the Year 11s made ‘Scintillating Landscapes’. All workshops were run by textile artists and were action-packed, culminating in a sample to take home at the end of the day. The Sixth Form attended a lecture run by the Royal School of Needlework where they shared images of their students’ work.
"The extent of accuracy and time which goes into making each piece is admirable, and I learnt a lot about the various types of needlework; Blackwork and Whitework were particularly interesting." Dayna Tohidi, Year 13.
This was a very valuable experience for the Textiles students; in particular the show helped them to gather research for their projects but also the girls gained a lot from attending a practical workshop where they learnt new skills taught first hand by an established textile artist.
Overall, the day was great fun, rewarding and enjoyable. It was incredibly uplifting to see all the girls find inspiration in the different textiles on display from artists, graduates and companies alike and to see them immersed in learning new skills, making new creations and meeting like-minded ‘Textile’ people.
Written by Mrs F Johnson, Head of Textiles