Selvedge Fair

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The fantastic Selvedge Winter Fair is coming up next week! I have visited the show a few times but this will be my first time exhibiting.  The fair is always amazing. Chelsea Old Town Hall is a stunning building and the main hall, side rooms and corridors are crammed with textile gorgeousness. There are designer-makers, antique textile dealers, sellers of exquisite haberdashery, hand-printed fabrics and so much more. It really is like the magazine brought to life. Wonderful stuff. It will be hard not to spend every penny I take!

My recommendations for this years show include Asa Parsons, John Gillow and Linda Bloomfield. There are loads of people I don’t know too, so I know it will be a treasure hunt – finding new and exciting things. I like the look of Anna Ray,  Avani and Parna.

I’ll be showing my smaller works, perfectly suited for the home. I’m hoping to have new trapunto quilting kits as well (fingers crossed!) and I will have little bits too like a new range of postcards and handmade greeting cards.

RuthSinger -artist cards display

Contemporary Textiles Fair & SOCK

I’m exhibiting at two shows this month including The Contemporary Textile Fair in Teddington, West London this weekend. This show is one of the highlights of the year for fans of fabric. It is actually the first show I did, seven years ago and sadly I’ve not been back until now, but I am looking forward to it hugely as I know it will be exciting and inspirational.

I’m showing a lot of new work; small, framed textiles suitable for domestic spaces at highly affordable prices. I love making small, detailed pieces and I hope these will go down well with the buying public.

I’ll also be at my local contemporary craft show, SOCK in Loughborough at the end of the month. This will be my first time at SOCK but not my first time in Loughborough as I grew up there!

Exhibitions at the Knitting & Stitching Show

I fully intended to write a blog post praising a number of exhibitions at the Knitting & Stitching Show, and urging those in striking distance of London to GET THERE TODAY (and/ or tomorrow) and illustrate the blog with marvellous pictures of the work, gathered from the websites of the organisers of the shows, or even from Flickr or elsewhere on the web. But alas, this doesn’t seem to be possible and I now wish I had battled with the millions of people and taken my own photos, where this was allowed. A little frustrating! I will have to wait until Harrogate in November to blog most of it properly.
 
As always, the 62 Group produced a show of fascinating textiles, some of which blew me away. The group’s website doesn’t even mention the exhibition which makes me feel like I have invented the whole thing. There is a preview of their new book online which gives some flavour of the works on show but doesn’t really cover it in detail.
 
I’ve also started to get confused about what work was in the 62 Group show and what was in Hand Stitch Perspectives, which was a really wonderful exhibition, put together by Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating, featuring works from their new, amazing, book.  Again, no images of this show to be found online, or even a list.
 
Ho hum. 
 
At least I managed to take some pictures (although not many) at the excellent Push Stitchery / Mr X Stitch exhibition.
I loved these pieces by Erin Endicott.
 
 
 
 
 
Embroidery on organza on porcelain by Diem Chau. I’ve seen & admired these before. 
 
 
Same goes for  Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė whose work I saw in Cloth & Culture Now in 2008 and has become one of the international stars of the internet stitching world. It was great to see her work in the flesh again.
 
And all the rest of it was great too. I bought the fantastic book and had obligatory fan photo with Mr X himself!
 
Me & Mr X Stitch having a big fan moment
 
It was a mutual geeky fan moment – he wrote possibly the nicest book review ever of Sew Eco. What a sweetie. 
 
Talking of Sew Eco, I also did a little book signing and brooch making demo over on the Bloomsbury Books stand. 
 
Book signing and brooch-making with Bloomsbury Books
Not doing well on the photo colours on this post… first yellow then blue… 

I also got to have a good browse of the Hand Stitch Perspectives book I mentioned earlier, as well as Embellished by the amazing Karen Nicols, both of which are on my list to buy (but I was on the train so I wasn’t going to carry them – both are mighty hardbacks). 
 
 
I also ran a couple of workshops in the Learning Zone at the show, both of which will be repeated at Harrogate along with a new one. And I chatted to lots of lovely people, saw loads of amazing stuff, but, because of the aforementioned train-travel, bought very little. Just as well seeing as the fabric stash is going to have to be moved & stored *again* later this month… .