9 Things You Shouldn’t Miss At Ally Pally
It’s show season! Find out what’s on at The Knitting & Stitching Show, London
The Knitting & Stitching Show is back at Ally Pally! Running from the 5th-9th October, it’s one of the most popular events on the knitting calendar. Here are a few things you won’t want to miss!
1. The stalls!
With nearly 400 retailers selling their wares, you won’t be short of things to buy. Whether you’re a knitter, crocheter, stitcher, or all-round fibre fan, there’s bound to be something for your next project. Many of the stalls take card payments now but don’t forget to take cash too, just in case. There is an ATM on site, but it does charge for withdrawals.
2. Wonderful workshops
There are some crafty techniques that you can’t really get the hang of until you’re shown how to do it. But worry not, there are more than a hundred classes to choose from, ranging from an hour to a full day, crochet, stitching and more.
3. Delightful demos
If you don’t have time for a full class, stop off at the Creative Living Theatre for one of the brilliant free demos from the industry’s most talented folk. Watch Juliet Bernard’s steeking demonstration or hear Kerry Lord talk about her new book, Edward’s Imaginarium.
4. The galleries
We crafters can appreciate talent in all its forms and you’re sure to be impressed by the textile work on display, whether it’s your kind of technique or not! You can see the winners from this year’s Festival of Quilts, check out the amazing creativity in the graduate showcase, and just admire the quality handiwork. What’s not to love?
5. The Hardhome Embroidery
The Embroiderers’ Guild UK have certainly been very busy and this amazing stitched Game of Throne’s White Walker will be on display at the show.
6. UKHKA’s Yarn Swoosh
The UK Handknitting Association (UKHKA) has teamed up with charity, Knit For Peace. Take along your unwanted yarn and drop it in the donations box and you could be entered into a draw to win £100 of knitting goodies. There are two £50 runner-up prizes too!
These knits are cheeky – in every sense of the word! Pop along to the Creative Living Theatre to watch special screenings of Nudiknits. A unique stop-motion film telling the tale of the knitted naked residents of Woolly Bush.
8. The view
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the show and step outside to gaze across the impressive vista. On a clear day you can see most of London laid out before you, so don’t forget your camera. How many landmarks can you spot?
Yes, that’s right. We’ll be there too, along with our sister magazines, Let’s Get Crafting, Sew and Dressmaker. Head along to stand L31 (marked Aceville Publications on your exhibitor list) and see what great subscription offers and goodie bags we have available.
To find out more about the show or to book your tickets and workshop places, visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.co.uk/london
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