The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia
This weekend just passed I attended the spring Knitting and Stitching Show at London Olympia. I was volunteering with Mr X Stitch on his Inspiration Station along with students from the Royal School of Needlework and fellow manbroiderer Lord Libidan.
I was at the event all day Saturday helping to teach visitors to the event how to cross stitch. We had lots of interested participants both old and young and plenty of visitors who seemed genuinely surprised to find three men indulging in some embroidery (the three of us did after all make up approximately 50% of all men present at the event!).
There were lots of trade stalls at the events and of crafty exhibits on display. The Inspiration Station itself exhibited work from the Young Embroiders Guild as well by artists such as Floss & Mischief who were also helping out at the event on the Thursday and Friday.
One of the most interesting exhibits for me was the Mermaid Project exhibition stand by the Silk Felt Collective. This was a fibre art installation of work inspired in part by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Little Mermaid.
It was a pleasure to meet Lord Libidan at the event. I’d seen a couple of pieces of his work online before but it was all the more impressive seeing some of it in the flesh. His work pushes the boundaries of cross stitch and some of the most popular pieces he had brought with him to the event were these transformable cross stitched Transformers figures.
Having seen these I’ll certainly be investing in some plastic canvas at some point in the near future to further explore the possibility of creating three dimensional embroideries. Do check out his website for some more wondrous cross stitched items.