THE STITCH FESTIVAL 2022
Business Design Centre, London, 3-6 March 2022
I attended The Stitch Festival on Thursday 3rd March on it's first day, hampered by a tube strike throughout the city, but not enough to stop a huge ray of fabric and craft lovers in abundance!
It was a joyous day, meeting fellow shop owners, and fellow sewers. The Business Design Centre is a lovely building, and the festival was set up over 3 floors (kind of!). There were exhibitions and displays dotted around, with a hub of workshops on the upper balcony level.
The dressmaking competition was simply wonderful, showcasing all your creative skills, using all your fabrics. It was particularly warming to read all the captions and various occupations of you all, what a busy bunch you are!
Aren't they just simply fabulous!
There were plenty of other great speakers and I wish I had access to all the days of the festival!
And shopping of course! I must say, I felt slightly deflated as I was looking around, as there were so many synthetic fabrics, that I had to really search and wade through everything to find anything that I deemed to be sustainable. It was a real moment of bringing me back to how big an issue our climate crisis is, and how much there is to do. The good part is that I did find a couple of stalls that sold fabrics that were sustainable both in the fibre and the making of. We are getting there! I managed to buy some 100% English wool, which should be perfect for a coat I've got my eye on making!
I will be looking at taking A KIND CLOTH to exhibit at these shows in the future.
I bought some pattern-cutting tools I must share with you! I hadn't seen these before, and I certainly wish I had a whole lot earlier! From Jenerates, Jen Hogg has designed these Seam Circles, which now make adding seam allowances onto paper patterns a breeze. Especially around those pesky curves and sleeveheads etc. The bonus being that they are made in Scotland from Cherry Wood Veneer! I also picked up one of her sewing rulers as I'm always flipping my ruler the wrong way round, and cannot get to the inner side of seams I'm measuring. Invaluable tools I recommend you take a look at. Her instagram handle is @jenerates