The Knitting & Stitching Show 2018

Finally it happened!

I went to my first Knitting and Stitching show in London last weekend. I have been waiting to go since I have missed the last Show, so you can understand my excitement. Unfortunately, due to a snowy and cold weather I got poorly few days before and on a day did not feel 100% myself, but I knew this would not stop me this time 🙂

I had the honor to drag my partner with me…I must say, he was very patient and stayed beside me all the time….guess it was my payback for keeping him a company at the Comic-con last year lol

Sunday was the last day of the Show, and I did not know what to expect. I was hoping to meet few people there like Lisa Comfort and Tilly Walnes, as I knew they will have a stand there, however this not happened…(crying in hysterics)….maybe next time.

20180304_105114[1]My day in Olympia, place of the Knitting and Stitching Show, started with a 30 mins class by Lauren Guthrie, Owner & Great British Sewing Bee Finalist 2013. It was very informative as Lauren gave the audience tips on how to stripe match and sew stretchy fabrics. Later that day I went to her to say hello and she was kind to allow me to take photo with her.

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OMG, I must have been soooo awkward. I was starstruck, and could not do it earlier in front of my partner. I follow Lauren on Instagram and YouTube, so it was lovely to have a chance to speak to her. She is such a sweet lady.

On my walk around the Show I also found Sew Over It, Tilly and the Buttons, Fabrisc Galore and many more companies that I am a fun of.

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My favorite fabric stand was Higgs and Higgs. I stood there for a while touching all they beautiful fabrics. The are to die for, so I am very happy I came across it, because I have never heard of this company before. 20180304_121454[1]

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Not to go bankrupt, I had a limit on how much I can spend, and told my partner to keep an eye on me.

Guess what????

I had NOT buy a single piece of fabric on my visit!!!!!! WHAT???? I was overwhelmed with a choice, styles, colors that at the end I could not pick just one or two. Thinking back, I must have been more unwell then I thought hihihi

I went the next day to my local(ish) fabric shop and I bought four!!!! So I am a happy bunny anyway.

If you have never been to the Knitting and Stitching Show before, you MUST go next time!!!! It is amazing experience and you never know who you might meet 🙂 You can take sewing classes, spend a fortune (if you can afford it ), and have a lot of fun 🙂

Monika xxx

What was your favorite shop stand?

Visit to Kingston

I need to start working on my January make for #sewmystyle2018 challenge. I have downloaded and put together the Friday Pattern Company’s Sunny dress/top last night, but decided that do not have a right fabric in my stash. (I probably could find something if i look properly….but hey, any excuse to go fabric shopping makes me a happy bunny).

There it is, I got up, got dressed and though to myself…Monika, why not visit a fabric shops you have never been to before??? Light bulb moment 🙂 I love going fabric shopping, and normally go to Goldhawk Road in Shepherd’s Bush, because it is the only place I know, plus there is so many shops and fabrics to choose from. I can spend all day there, just walking between rows of materials admiring all prints.

As it was my day off work, and did not have any other plan I decided to visit two fabric shops in Kingston. I heard so many lovely comments from other Bloggers and YouTubers about Fabric Land and Fabrics Galore, but had to see for myself what the fuss is all about.

Fabric Land

 

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The shop is situated on Old London Road and you know you are close when you get near all these Phone boxes. Upon the entering the shop, there was a very happy team of lovely ladies, that were very helpful and nice. The shop layout is very clear, whit all fabric rolls neatly stocked on the shelves.

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It took me about 20 minutes to find what I need and I need to be honest here….I bought not one, but two fabrics….feeling guilty??? NEVER!!!

Time to wash them, so I can start my first project. I must say, I was a little surprise how affordable prices are in there, especially after closer inspection (not an expert), I can say that the quality of their products is very good. I really like how the put a label to each fabric roll stating the tape and name of the product among other information. This is extremely helpful, as I am still learning about different fabric types.

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What did I purchased?

Ponta Roma Jersey called Vintage Rose.It only cost £3.99 per meter, which is amazing! This will be used for my Sunny top, but about that in my future posts…

The other fabric is also Jersey and has lovely heart print, that I could not resist. This was a bit more expensive, £4.99 per meter. I am planning to make a Molly top from Sew Over It. Watch this space for further info 🙂

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Fabric Land purchase

Fabrics Galore

Fabric Galore is less then 10 minutes walk from Fabric Land, so it would be very silly of me to ignore this fact and end my trip.

The shop can be found in the centre of the Ancient Market Place, on the first floor in this lovely building.

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This place is stunning!!!

Just look if you don’t believe me.

So what did I do?? I bought yet another fabric!! But wait a minute, it is all in good plan. I am thinking ahead to the next month already hihi At least that is my excuse…what will it be next month I wonder? Anyway, back to the shop…

Prices here a much higher in comparison to the first shop,however it is clear just by looking at the material that the quality is very high. My imagination was running high while I was there. Thinking, planning what I would do with each fabric. I had to get out of there FAST before spending a fortune.

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This fabric is medium-weight, so i spoiled myself and got 3 meters. Enough for the next month’s project, which is a Rumana coat. I shell talk more about it when the time is right…Stay focused Monika….January project first!

Overall, I am in LOVE with both shops, and will be going back there in a very near future 🙂

Ok, enough for today. Less talking, more sewing!!!

Monika xxx