Win!!! Tickets to the Knitting & Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London

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It is the start of the new autumn term and that also heralds the start of my manic preparations for the Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London, 10th to 13th October 2019.

I have a couple of pairs of tickets to give away for this amazing textiles show and a needlework kit of your choice; mini beadwork, chunky cross stitch, sample or biscornu.

If you would like a chance to win just leave me a message and if you tag a friend both names will go into the draw. All entries need to be in by midnight Friday 13th September and two lucky winners will be drawn at random on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Best of luck and give us a wave at E27 if you are passing through the main hall.

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Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in America

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.