Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Knitting & Stitching Show - Spring 2014 at Olympia

Well if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will have seen that last Saturday I had myself a lovely time at the Spring 2014 Knitting & Stitching Show.

"Have Trolley = WILL shop!!"
The Spring venue is at Olympia, a mere hour journey time from my East London abode - so how could I resist. I attended last year (not blogged - opps!) and thoroughly enjoyed myself, so I pre-booked my tickets online for this year's soiree too.

Unfortunately, I missed out on booking the Collar-making workshop. But, I might attend the Autumn 2014 show in Alexandra Place and attend it then instead.

I took my trusty trolley with me (as I had a sneaky suspicion that I'd come home laden down with wares)... it's never hardly-ever let me down. And, I did indeed manage to fill 'er up :)

Spring 2014 Knitting & Stitching Show - Olympia

I also managed to catch up with Roisin of Dolly Clackett and her lovely friend Lauren (Third Row Centre). Roisin even managed to find the perfect fabric for her wedding-dress (and it's beautiful!).

I entirely missed Stevie from Beebee's Vintage Dress though... :( !

But, I did see the very delightful Claire-Louise from The Thrifty Stitcher (I do hope that your back gets better soon CL!!). And, sewing is a small world - as we both know Melissa from FehrTrade, and Melissa is a tutor of the Breton TeeLeggings and Posh Pants classes at The Thrifty Stitcher studio :)

So, what did I buy... here's the pics!!

And, I got to meet Charlotte & Victoria from By Hand London too (note to self - should've got them to autograph my pattern - doh!).

Cottage Patchwork 

2m of Cream & Polka Dot/Spots (£10/m)
½m of Blue & Polka Dot/Spots (£10/m)
FQ (Fat Quarter) of Cream & Anchors (£2.50)
FQ of Blue Floral & Cherries (£2.50)
3 of Wooden Letters S-E-W (£0.80 each)

Fabric Bought

Fabric Bought

Favourite Fabrics 

1.5m each of 3 colours: Cream, Blue, Pink - Sewing Machine/Tools/Notions Print (£6.99/m)

Fabric Bought

Fabrics Galore

1.5m of Grey/Wine-Red Striped Jersey (£4/m)
2m of Dark Blue Chambray (£7/m)
1.5m of Light Sea-Green Blue Polka Dots/Spots (£6/m)
1.5m of Multi-Striped Jersey (£4/m)

Fabric Bought

Manor House Magazines

6 copies of Australian Stitches Magazine (I think I wiped out their stocks of that title for Saturday LOL!).

Australian Stitches Magazine (Sewing / Dressmaking)

They are the only place I've ever found in the UK that stocks this magazine (yay!). They also seem to have a bunch of other crafting titles too.

Craft Magazine Seller - Manor House Magazines

I bought these issues:

Vol 21: No 7, No 8 & No 9.
Vol 22: No 3, No 4 & No 5.

Australian Stitches Magazine (Sewing / Dressmaking)

Coleshill Accessories
2 of Leather Small Scissor Cover/Case (£1.50 each)
Purple Thread Cutter (to hang around your neck) (£3.99 - I think, can't remember!)
Small Scissors (£3.95)

Sewing Notions / Tools Bought

By Hand London

Georgia Dress - Pattern (£14.00)
It includes a very cute little fabric-label that you can include with your me-made dress!

'By Hand London' - Georgia Dress Pattern

Phew! That's my NOT so little lot of shopping :)

P.S. In other news.... I DID finish my little grey top in time (took me until 2.30am in the morning - due to some silly user errors... but more on that when I blog about it soon) :)

Contrast Shoulder Tee / Top / T-Shirt   Contrast Shoulder Tee / Top / T-Shirt

Please ignore the "weird" bumps at my waist in the photo on the right-hand side! That's from my chucky leather belt holding up my me-made (unblogged) skirt underneath LOL!! ;)


  1. Sounds like so much fun! What a great haul as well! I really like the lace inserts on your t-shirt, I have a wee but of lace I'm not sure what to do with as it's not enough for a whole garment - this would be a perfect use!

  2. Nice top! And good haul. Well done you :) xxx

  3. Love your haul. And your top!!!

  4. Looks like you had a great day! Can't wait to see you on Sat (I now own a trolley too!)

  5. Glad I wasn't the only one rummaging the whole show!!! Great finds, good luck with your projects!

  6. Love the fabrics you bought! I'm a teensy bit jealous right this very second, but you bought dots! Love.

    That tee is great. I've got to remember the lace inset for next time.

  7. Wow, you look like you had a great time. I love my shopping trolley too, I actually wore my previous one out as well as the cover on my 'new' one. Still this did give me the opportunity to make my own cover so it's now unique!


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