Friday, 21 March 2008

Knitted Ginger Bread House

Last Saturday was an adventure for me. First time on the train alone since coming up here, and then on to the NEC to the Stitching and Craft show. This tested my confidence. The best things were the exhibitions of course, the WI show on needlework from about the 1920's to the present had banners, cushions, wall hangings, table runner etc. The design work and craftwomanship was superb. There was so much to see, that I savoured a few items, then went out onto the stands, hoping to find things to interest me, and then back to take in a few more items and so on.
Then there was the gingerbread house, all knitted even the furnishings. There was just so much detail: the table was set for tea, with all items knitted. By the knitted stove were knitted matches and fire extinguisher and so on, the garden too outside was all knitted.

A superb display of period costumes brought over by a French man, where even the lace was hand made allowed one to see superb gowns up close. Apart from that there was lots to see and buy if you are into bead work, jewelry, sewing and card making, but sadly not much for the knitter. Anna was on her Web of Wool Stand, but as she had so many customers, and I do go to the shop frequently, did not linger there. I came back with one thing: a needle threader! Hope the Autumn Show has more stands for the knitter.

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