Wednesday 22 November 2017

What to expect at ‘The Knitting and Stitching Show’ taking place next month

Pictured at the launch of the show in the RDS model Karen Fitzpatrick, wearing a design by NCAD Student Stephanie Johnson
Pictured at the launch of the show in the RDS model Karen Fitzpatrick, wearing a design by NCAD Student Stephanie Johnson
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Thousands of creatives are expected to get hooked and stitched up at the 21st Knitting & Stitching Show in November.

The Knitting & Stitching Show will be held in Dublin's RDS from November 12th – 15th.

The event, which is Ireland’s biggest textile and knitting show, is a showcase of Irish design talent as well as over 150 workshops.

At this year's 21st anniversary show, the students from the National College of Art and Design and Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology will be presenting their innovative and inspiring work in the 'Graduate Showcase' exhibition.

The collection includes a piece from Alannah Clegg of the well-known Irish shoe repair Clegg family who have been in business since the 1930s. Alannah’s creation was inspired by old family photos of repair aprons and collars, and she combined machine embroidery with hand techniques with words taken from repair dockets found in the shop.

Alannah used a fifty-year-old Singer sewing machine which her father, Alan, still uses daily in his shop in Naas, Co. Kildare.

Other students from National College of Art and Design who will be showcased include:

*Roisin Pierce who has created “agender” wear, reflecting the fact the boundaries of genders are shifting in fashion design.

*Mairead Wall, a knitear designer who has used a mix of traditional and contemporary techniques in her work.

*Malena McQuarrie Gonzalez whose quirkly collection was inspired by manmade geometric structures she found at the Grand Canal Docks in Dublin.

*Alisha May who used waste  she colleted on beaches for her work,

*Stephanie Johnson who combined plastic, ink and oil in her pieces.

Over the course of four days, knitting enthusiasts in attendance will be able to source top quality supplies including knitting yarn and accessories, fabric, sewing machines and embroidery threads.

The Learning Curve programme offers an extensive selection of workshops on a huge range of topics.

For the first time there will be sewing machine classes as well as a return of classes in beadwork, crochet, cross stitch, dressmaking, embroidery, felt making, home furnishing, knitting, lacemaking, patchwork  and quilting, tapestry, weaving, spinning and dyeing.

Tickets are now on sale through www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/Dublin.

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