Sunday, 13 October 2019

A fun day with slow stitching

Today I had such a fun day with my daughter Kathryn. Every year there is a big Stitching and Knitting exhibition at Alexander Palace in north London and  I usually go. Some years in the past I went with my mom, some years John comes with me or I meet a friend but this year Katy and I met up for some mother and daughter time at the show. It was a very happy, fun filled day. We walked round all the exhibits and the shopping. We fitted in a delicious lunch, a giggly glass of prosecco and afternoon tea and cake.

I forgot to take my camera with me so I was dependant on my phone for photos but fortunately it has a great camera. We started with some of the exhibits. I like this one,

We spent a long time looking at the work at the Embroidery Guild stand. I could have taken so many photos but decided to pick my favourites.

I loved this one called Bee's nest. The camera doesn't do it justice as you lose the effect of the layers.

I couldn't find the card for the artist's name for this one.I love the owl in the centre and it took a while to fully realise that the background was felted.

This one was slightly more traditional embroidery but still used lots of different techniques. The artist's name is below.

Later we were fascinated by this piece of lace. If you look in the bottom left corner you can see the information card about the lace, which gives the scale. This is a large piece. The lace is made using twisted paper and bobbins made from dowel.

I haven't done any lace making for ages and couldn't make any at the moment as I have no supplies. I visited the stand for my favourite lace shop that happened to be at the show and picked up their catalogue for future reference.

In the entrance hall there were these life rafts. They were all different.

The covers are all knitted. It made a fun walkway into the show. I had to take these pictures on the way out as earlier in the day the crowds had been overwhelming.

Katy and I also enjoyed a little shopping but I'll tell you about that in another post. As today is Sunday I need to enjoy a little more slow stitching before bedtime. I've several projects on the go but having gone to the show and seen loads of Christmas stitching this evening I am working on my Christmas cross stitch.

This is where I left it last year and below is the photo of what it will look like when it's finished.

I'm linking this post with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Pop over and see what slow stitching everyone has been working on. Kathy has also shared the slow stitching retreat day. It looks like such a fun day. For now I need to get back to stitching. 



  1. What an amazing exhibit! Sounds like a wonderful day!
    Hope you enjoyed some relaxing stitching today!

  2. What fun! Going to the show with your daughter and enjoying a giggly glass of bubbles together.

  3. I simply love reading posts about mother/daughter times! Your day sounds precious. Your cross-stitch is lovely - and a great Christmas tradition to stitch on! Beautiful....

  4. Looks like you had a great day! Pretty cross stitch but boy oh boy that's a lot of blue! You've really cracked that side of it so it will be nice to work on the Christmas tree.

  5. Looks like a fun show and a great day!

  6. Oh my, so amazing pretties on show at the Exhibition. How wonderful to wander around with your daughter and see all these wonderful 'works of art'. Sounds as if you both had the best time. Your Christmas cross stitch is a beauty. It is going to be beautiful when finished. I love the look of the Christmas tree against that blue sky.