Monday, 11 October 2010

Fun at Ally Pally!

Maggi and I had such a great day at the Knitting and Stitching Show on Saturday, despite getting lost a few times on the London North Circular Road! Poor Maggi, she kept her patience very well and eventually we began to see signs for Alexandra Palace (they were in short supply!) We were there almost seven hours, but still only saw about 3/4 of the exhibits....... my head was spinning round in all directions; so hard to know where to start! Anyway, above you can see my purchases (spot the theme going on there?)
Below are all my favourite bits.....
I bought Frances Pickering's book 'Page After Page' which she signed for me and we watched her painting and drawing on fabric for a while. The book is an absolute delight ......
I did a class with Gwen Hedley called 'Take 100 Lines'; it involved cutting and piecing rectangles of fabric and attaching them with a variety of materials and stitches. It was lovely to meet a fellow blogger there from vintagebunty.blogspot.com  (her piece is on her blog). I did a bit more this morning  - this is probably the only time you'll see this colour-scheme on my blog :-)


And here we are at the end of the day...tired but happy! (Rosie - please note the gorgeous bag I took with me. Your stitching must be very strong - there was a lot in there!)

30 comments:

Heather said...

I love your purchases - all my favourite colours and items. I've never been to Ally Pally but have often been tempted but would need a stretcher by the end of the day! I like the piece you made in the class you did - lots of possibilities. I have Frances Pickering's book - it is fantastic isn't it? I was lucky enough to do a day school with her some years ago and to have her as my tutor on a course at Gloscat.

Janet Ghio said...

This looks like a wonderful show--the things you bought-colors are just yummy and the book by Frances Pickering looks really good!!

marigold jam said...

Looks like you had a great time. Those purchases are lovely and I am off to search for that book on amazon. Must have a go at the lines embroidery thingy too.

Jane

*jean* said...

everything looks so inviting! i love the wall of yellow you two are standing in front of...the 100 lines stitching looks cool...can't wait to see what come out of all this, in your colors of course

Healing Woman said...

The color theme on your purchases is just yummy. They all blend so well.
Also, the book you bought looks so interesting. I'd love to attend a show like that one..

Clare Wassermann said...

envy envy I didn't make the shoe but I have the page after page book and love it

Jill said...

I'm worn out just thinking of your day - and all the driving!! Love your mosaic of purchases and the 100 lines of stitching looks like something I'd like to have a go at!

Lynn said...

LOVE, love, love your purchases, some of my favorite colors and I know they are yours too :) The book looks wonderful, and your stitiching which is not your usual color scheme, that's what you mean about not seeing this color scheme on your blog again right?
So happy for you girls to get to spend a day there, maybe next time you could stay the night and have more time there, wouldn't that be fun?

Rosie said...

I'm SO glad the bag was useful, and didn't you have FUN! What a glorious array of colour to drool over, am not surprised you were there for so many hours ...
By the way - love those hand-carved stamps you bought, I haven't had any new ones for ages, hmmmm ...

Shashi Nayagam said...

Glad you had a lovely time at Ally Pally. I missed it this time. Love the goodies that you bought. I look forward to seeing what you create with them.

Catharina Maria said...

I think that you have had a lovely day !
♥ love from
♥RINI♥

dosfishes said...

Seven hours Linda, oh my gosh, you must have been exhausted, but I bet every minute was worth it. What a show. Just from your brief glimpses, wonderful things.
Yes, I bet we won't see those colors often for you....
I will have to find that book...thanks for sharing the photos. xox Corrine

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Wonderful show and class you had taken.
Thank you for sharing this post. Those are lovely.

Judy S. said...

Looks like a fun day!

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh yes I agree with the others... looks like a very fun day. You have shared everything so beautifully!! The colors are so pretty. Have a great week.
Holly

In the Light of the Moon said...

Wow seven hour to visit with such treasures..and how lovely the ones you came home with!!Thank you for sharing!!Warmest Regards,Cat

Terri said...

Oh I must say I am drooling.....
Your purchases are so inspiring and the book you bought is amazing.

I was surprised to see the pinks and reds! I too am very partial to the blues and purples, golds and greens.

Glad you had such a fab time. Now you must be just full to the brim of exciting ideas.

Hugs,
Terri

Jacky said...

loving that colour scheme in your purchases...are they some inktense pencils I see??? Love them.

Beautiful stamps too. Those little wooden indian stamps are gorgeous (as are the big block prints).

Great post and great fun by the look of things.

Jacky xox

Julie said...

You both look very happy at the end of a long day, you packed so much in and the shopping is very drool-worthy! Frances Pickering's book looks gorgeous.

BumbleVee said...

wow.... a very busy day! love your fav colours...

how does one make a mosaic like yours? perhaps it's beyond my technological scope.... any hints?

Lorraine said...

looks like a fab show..we have a stitches show in march up at aintree racecourse. Love that frances pickering book..mmm will have to check out amazon! like your purchases but its funny seeing red stitching on your blue blog

Becca said...

Hi, I'm Becca! I love your art, and I am also addicted to Photoshop, but I still have a lot to learn. I also love, love love your photos of Peachy...so sweet! I am crazy about cats! Enjoy your day!

Amo said...

Hi Linda, Maggi said you'd had a bit of a trial getting there. I still think you're brave even trying, I'm a chicken! Honest! And your purchases are great. It would have been so nice to meet up with Blogees.

Silvia said...

Ah!!! Ally Pally...never been yet..it's enough to send me in the poorhouse when I get to go to Harrogate!!
Came by here via Her Creative Spirit...love your designs:)

Jan said...

Oh you lucky gals! that must have been a fabulous show to be able to spend all that time there and not get the whole of it. And to be able to go with Maggi! Lucky you again! I love your purple and green purchases. And I especially love those stamps! I'm doing some stamping right now and not happy with these shallow stamps. I need some deeply incised ones for this project! Maybe I will have to make my own. thanks for sharing your fun trip.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

I have been waiting to catch up with you dear Linda!
No better way to get lost than with a friend and the reward seems so worth it ... you do get into the nicest things
You made me giggle about the red color scheme!
I just had occasion to meet a blogging friend too
3,000 miles away!
oxo

Emma said...

A fabulous show, i've only been once. I admire your endurance & I can't believe you were able to keep to a (lovely) theme in your wonderful purchaces!

Gini said...

Oh wow, complete sensory overload! What an amazing time you had and love your photo display of your purchases.
Do I spy with my little eye some Derwent Inktense pencils? I really really love mine.
Page after page looks amazing, might have to put it on my Santa list, hope he's got a telescopic sack this year, we can rest assured it won't cockadoodle doo.
Gini
xx

maggi said...

I hadn't realised just how much you bought! I am so glad that you enjoyed it. I had a really hard time with photos so have directed everyone over her to see yours!

Catharina Maria said...

Do you have room enough for all your stuf , haha !
Love ♥RINI♥