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.
Yulia Badian‘s piece represented the moment when the mermaid realised she couldn’t cut it on land and returned to the sea.
Lidwina Charpentier‘s amazing dress was inspired by the female shape and the pain we go through to reach perfection.
And Roswitha Karl-Shreiner‘s display of nine merkins (“counterfeit hair for a woman’s privy parts”) added a suitably irreverent touch!
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.
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!
The Knitting and Stitching Show is on at Olympia until Sunday.