Spring Knitting and Stitching Show

Another Women of the Cloth outing yesterday, this time to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia. It’s smaller than the October event at Alexandra Palace, but there’s still plenty to loosen the purse strings!

(Overheard conversation: Wife to husband: “You never let me look at the wool.” Husband to wife: “But you look at so much of it!” What was he expecting to see at a show dedicated to knitting and stitching?)

For me the primary reason to go to the show was to meet Ariane Mariane, a German felter who lives in Paris and who is running a joint workshop with Maria Friese in July, which I’m planning to attend. At the Knitting and Stitching Show, Ariane was exhibiting as part of the Silkfelt Collective’s Mermaid Project. Four different felters each produced a very different take on the story of the Little Mermaid.

Ariane created some fantastic sculptures and hats, representing the mermaid’s desire to fit in and hide her differences.

olympia hats

Yulia Badian‘s piece represented the moment when the mermaid realised she couldn’t cut it on land and returned to the sea.

olympia mermaid

Lidwina Charpentier‘s amazing dress was inspired by the female shape and the pain we go through to reach perfection.

olympia dress

And Roswitha Karl-Shreiner‘s display of nine merkins (“counterfeit hair for a woman’s privy parts”) added a suitably irreverent touch!

olympia merkins

This was definitely the most contemporary display at the show!

Of course, I couldn’t escape without buying something. As well as some blended merino, alpaca and silk tops, and some silk yarn for dyeing, I couldn’t resist a small length of indigo fabric sold by the Karenni Student Development Programme, which supports Karenni refugees living in camps on the Thailand/Burma border.

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And although we didn’t sign up for any workshops, Joan did get to have a go at the ancient art of lucet, or braiding!

olympia lucet


The Knitting and Stitching Show is on at Olympia until Sunday.


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8 thoughts on “Spring Knitting and Stitching Show”

  1. Yes, it was great to see the Mermaid project – such fabulous strident women producing imaginative, exciting feltworks. Interesting that the ‘merkins’ were used to hide a lack of pubic hair in those days – these days the young women all feel they have to remove it all to satisfy men, or what the current trend tells them will satisfy men – I’m not convinced!! Interesting post Kim, as always, and I enjoyed looking back, via your link, to Silkfelt’s amazing Woodland Boudoir.

  2. hallo , thanks for commanding on the Mermaid Project. But I have to do a rectification. The comment that jill denton made the dress is not true. ( she was not in the show) It is my part, the seawitches dress. With the tale made of felt and horsehair.
    To evoluate from child to wohman , the puberty costs pain. Often we want to fit in and let our body ‘remake’ with implants. The wich is a crusial figure in the story. I worked with mixed media wolfelt and silicone on the breast implants with a pince of jellyfish. I learnd more about the Hymen and this is the analogy of the most preacious to offer to become a grown up. In this project I figured out new techniks. It was quit an adventure.

    please make a rectification. thank you.

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