It seems incredible that it is almost two years since we were facing the first lockdown and desperately hoping we would manage to squeeze in exhibiting at the Stitch Festival for the first time. Now we are back preparing for the new show. It will be wonderful to be able to see everyone again and to be inspired by the textile galleries and perhaps stock up on some fabrics, yarns and haberdashery for the coming year.
The organisers have worked so hard to bring you a Covid safe show. The new, improved layout features wider aisles, additional seating, caps on visitor numbers, staggered entry times and plenty of space for social distancing.
We are in full preparation, making up plenty of new designs into kits, restocking firm favourites and sourcing some beautiful haberdashery.
As a valued friend of Ann’s Orchard we would love to see you again and we are fortunate to have two pairs of tickets to give away. To get you in the stitching mood we are also offering a pair of mini beadwork kits or a chunky cross stitch.
The tickets are valid for use on Thursday 3rd to 6th March 2022
The tickets are fully complimentary for use, after 11am, on Sunday 6th March but carry a surcharge of £6 each for the other days of the show. Winners will be sent information to register their e-ticket via email and I will pop your needlework kits in the post.
For a chance to win simply drop me a line at email@example.com Or head over to my Instagram or Facebook pages and leave a note – tag a friend and both names will go in the draw.
The competition closes at midnight on Monday 14th February 2022. Two winners will be drawn at random on Tuesday 15th February 2022
It should be a fantastic day out, plenty of inspiration and opportunity to stock up on projects and haberdashery for the coming year.
If you are visiting we would love to see you, give us a wave at the far end of the main hall on H94
Many congratulations to Mihail and hwroe_floslittleflower winners of the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching tickets. Please drop me a line to let me know which needlework kit you would like as part of your prize and I will get everything in the post as soon as possible. Have a fantastic day out and give us a wave on C550 as you are passing x
I am not a great fan of shopping on the high street as everything is so generic, you know exactly what you are going to get before you even leave the house. Of course it is fantastic if you need those everyday items such as a washing machine or bedsheets but it doesn’t really fulfil the ‘hunter gatherer’ instinct.
However, the great joy of visiting an art exhibition, craft or antiques fair is that you can never anticipate what treasure might catch your eye. Occasionally I will visit my local antiques fair at Ardingly with a vague list of what I might need. Today I was looking for a floor lamp and a sideboard for the hallway. Needless to say I found neither but I did come away with some beautiful linen to make some new blinds for the study and this fabulous embroidered bird.
He is not very big, only about the same size as a sheet of A4 paper but he is so quirky and the stitching is exquisite. It is worked in silk embroidery thread with a very high sheen so they almost look metallic. Each stitch lies perfectly flat against its neighbours further enhancing the shine. The colours are not an obvious choice for the design but they work so well together and complement the black frame.
How much did I pay for this thing of beauty ….. just £12 – perfect!
Congratulations to Hilary and Rachel, winners of the tickets to the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, 10th to 13th October. Please contact me to arrange your prize and have a fantastic day out.
In the meantime, please keep an eye open as I should have more tickets to give away shortly for the Knitting and Stitching Show held in Harrogate at the end of November.
Just before Easter I had to take my daughter to the University of Bath Architecture Department for the day. Surprisingly she didn’t want her middle aged mother ‘hanging about’ so I took myself off to the American Museum & Gardens. Well, what an unexpected treat – Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America exhibition featuring a selection of the most exquisite antique American quilts and a collection of Kaffe’s designs inspired by the work.
Not only were the antique quilts so carefully pieced and stitched but you could see they had been used, repaired and some of the fabric had become quite worn and taken on a subtlety of colour after years in sunlight. Kaffe Fassett’s new quilts sang with colour and pattern but the piecing was very closely matched to the antique quilts so made for an interesting comparison.
If you are fortunate to be in the Bath area I would thoroughly recommend this museum, packed full of the most beautiful objects in original room settings. The grounds are inspired by George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon and there is a superb cafe with views over Limpley Stoke Valley and River Avon. The quilt exhibition runs until 3rd November 2019 and is closed on Mondays.
On such a frosty morning it seems quite strange to be thinking ahead to spring, slightly warmer weather, longer days and a little sunshine…but I have tickets to give away for the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia and fingers crossed we will not be snowed in this year!
To get you in the stitching mood we are also offering a pair of mini beadwork kits. Alternatively, you may like a chunky cross stitch, a beaded parrot or woodpecker or a more traditional cross stitch or biscornu.
The tickets are valid for use on Thursday 28th February, Friday 1st or Sunday 3rd March 2019.
The competition closes at midnight on Friday 25th January 2019
Three lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 26th January 2019
It should be a fantastic day out, plenty of inspiration and a great opportunity to stock up on projects, haberdashery, fabrics and yarn for the coming year.
If you are not a lucky winner this time then please take advantage of the discount code SPRING2 to get a reduced price of £12 for an advance adult ticket when booking online at http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/spring or by calling 0844 581 1319
If you are visiting give us a wave at C44 and best of luck!
It seems no time at all since we were meeting up with so many crafty people at the Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace and now, having survived the school half term holiday, we are preparing to do it all again in beautiful Harrogate 22nd to 25th November.
I have some tickets to give away to this fantastic show so please drop me a line by Friday 2nd of November if you would like the chance to win a pair as well as a needlework kit. Tag a friend and both names will go in the draw on Saturday 3rd November. Best of luck to you all x
The start of the new school year heralds preparation for the autumn craft shows. My biggest show of the year, Knitting & Stitching, Alexandra Palace is just over a month away and I’m already getting butterflies!!! I have plenty of new cross stitch kits but I still have to write the instructions and design the packaging – fingers crossed it will be, ‘alright on the night.’
If you would like to join us at the show I have three pairs of tickets and some mini beadwork or chunky cross stitch kits to give away. If you would like to be included in the draw just leave me a note in the comments section, drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on our Facebook or Instagram page. Tag a friend and both names will go in the draw.
All entries need to be in by midnight on Friday 7th September and three lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 8th September.
The tickets are valid for use on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th or Sunday 14th October 2018. It should be a fantastic day out, lots of inspiring work on display and a great opportunity to stock up on products and haberdashery.
Thank you for your fantastic response to the NEC Sewing for Pleasure tickets. We have picked two lucky winners from the hat this morning. Many congratulations Linda and Christine. Please let me know which minkit, woodpecker or chunky cross stitch kit you would like and I will pop everything in the post. Have a fantastic day out xx