Knitted Taxi Takes in the Sights of London on its way to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace
10 October 2013
A knitted London taxi ‘cab cosy’, the world’s longest bunting and galleries from leading textile artists are all on display this week as over 30,000 visitors flock to London’s Alexandra Palace for The Knitting and Stitching Show (10 – 13 October 2013).
The ‘Cab Cosy’ has taken over 20 kilos of wool, and four months to knit by 20 women from The Materialistics knitting group and is being used to launch a new children’s book by Safia Shah, Carnaby Street’s Great Uninvited, which ends in an increasingly outrageous knitting competition.
Complete with a knitted picnic scene on its roof, the taxi will be photographed at various famous London landmarks on route to the opening of the show at Alexandra Palace at 10am on Thursday 10 October.
Established over 20 years’ ago, The Knitting and Stitching Show is set to see a record number of visitors this year as crafts enjoy a huge surge in popularity with a 12%* increase in participants year-on-year. With 7.2 million knitters and 3.5 million sewing their own clothes, TV Programmes such as Kirsty Allsop’s Homemade Home and The Great British Sewing Bee, along with the spirit of the ‘make do and mend’ culture, have all captured the nation’s imagination. Emerging as a winner from the recession, the UK hobby craft and textile industry is now estimated to be worth over £3.5 billion according to research released this week from the Craft and Hobby Association (UK).
The Knitting and Stitching Show will also see the launch of the Bunting World Record attempt by the north London charity, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice. Aiming to beat the current record, which stands at 2.93 miles, over 20,000 flags will be created on a continuous line of bunting – with visitors making a donation to have a flag of their design included.
For 2013 the show will host an extraordinary collection of work from leading textile artists from all over the world in nineteen professionally curated galleries, along with a showcase of recent textile graduates work. This year Canadian contemporary quilt artist Dorothy Caldwell headlines with her exhibition – In Place. Inspired by her travels in the Australian Outback and the Canadian Arctic.
Other artists hosting galleries include: Tilleke Schwarz; Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn; Mary Fisher; Phillipa Turnbull; Mitsuko Tonouchi & Sonomi Tanimoto; Nicola Jarvis & May Morris; Margaret Nicholson; The Royal School of Needlework; Ruth Issett & Bobby Britnell: Susan Chapman & Terrie Hitchcock; Mandy Pattullo; James Hunting; Carol Outram; Jahnabi Phookan and Vivien Prideaux. For full details of the galleries visit: www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london
The Upcycling Academy, hosted by Hackney based Fabrications, TRAID, War on Wantand the Craftivist Collective gives visitors the chance to learn about the customisation of clothing and re-using waste fabrics and old clothes to create new fashions, whilst The Learning Curve offers a comprehensive selection of workshops for beginners to experts covering a broad range of knitting, stitching and craft subjects.
With live fashion shows, a National Fashion Textile Competition for Schools and over 300 exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books, the show is a must-attend event for anyone inspired by the ‘homemade’ revolution sweeping the country.
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Notes to Editors
The Knitting & Stitching Show
The Knitting and Stitching Show takes place at Alexandra Palace:
Thursday 10 Oct – 10am – 7pm
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 Oct – 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 13 Oct – 10am – 5pm
Tickets priced £15 on the door (£12.50 in advance).
Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london for more details
* Key Statistics from Craft & Hobby Association (UK)
· 12% increase in people participating in crafts year-on-year
· UK craft and hobby industry worth £3.5 billion
· 7.2 million knit within the UK
· 3.5 million sew their own clothes
· 3.9 million enjoy cross stitch
· 1.8 million are involved in patchwork and quilting
· Knitting is the second most popular craft based hobby, the first being cake making
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice supports children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families living in the communities of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.
In order to provide new, in-house services and deliver the highest levels of care and support, the charity needs to raise £10 million to build and run a hospice.
For more information about Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice please telephone 020 8449 8877 or visit www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk.