Saturday, 29 March 2014

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show - a review

I have recently been to my first Knitting & Stitching show, which took place at Earls Court Olympia Central in London. The overall experience was really good and enjoyable, and now I would like to share with you some of my impressions. Here's some basic information so you know exactly to what I am referring to:

Event: The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show
Dates: 13.03 to 16.03.2014
Venue: Earls Court Olympia
Tickets: £15 on the day, £12.50 online

To be completely honest, after all this is a review, my very first feeling when I walked in the pavilion and looked around was one of slight disappointment. Perhaps, because it was the first day of the show, but judging by the first stands - they were very boring and a little disorganised - I thought "Oh no! This is gonna be terrible!" Luckily, this feeling did no last long; further inside was where the most beautiful and interesting stands were. So, here we go:

The Highlights

Diversity and good prices - I think I visited - even if only for a few minutes - every single stand in the pavilion and I can say that prices were good and sometimes really cheap. There were bargains - for example, a stash of Rowan baby Knit (pack of 10x50g) for only £16.40 - the original price is about£3.70 each, give or take. So yes, really good.

The stands - The three exhibitors that really stood out from the crowd and, in my opinion, offered original, beautiful and good value for money products were: Il Etait Une Fois, Favourite Fabrics and Liberty.

The last was quite predictable because they are a household name in terms of fabrics, haberdashery and all that, but the other two are smaller companies from Chateau du Loir, France and Gloucester in the UK. Two small and creative companies with excellent quality fabrics and taste!

Oh my...isn't it gorgeous?

Both stands really blew me away! Very different in terms of style - the Il Etait Une Fois stand had a very cute range with gorgeous little story-like prints (their own designs by Michele and Camille Charvet), which I think is truly unique. Favourite Fabrics stand was trendier, a step beyond "Cath Kidston style" with loads of vibrant colours and very, very smart indeed. A picture is worth a thousand words so...


Opportunities - to learn different crafts; workshops were around £10-£13 tops (same price as online, which was good), and there were independent knitting, embroidery,and crochet stands offering "make and buy" with good prices too.

Also, the opportunity to meet other people who share the same passions. Or get information on local crochet, knitting and embroidery groups that potentially you could join. I found in my area London's Embroidery Club in Battersea Park. I've been meaning to learn how to do free-hand embroidery and I finally got my chance.

The Low Points
Food stands were overpriced and low quality.
You have to be patient to find the nice stands because there were a lot of less interesting ones.
Very crowded towards the evening - look out for children running wildly.
Toilets busy, busy,busy so don't drink too much water - wait until you check everything first!

Overall:
Crowd: Women of all ages (mainly)
Prices: Not cheap but really good bargains can be found.
Payment: Cash and card (but minimum payment of £5 or £0.75 surcharge) - good but not perfect.
Cash points: Yes, at the entrance (handy!) -no need to find a bank outside.
Food: Bring your own sandwich!
How long to see everything: I spent about 4.5 hours there.

Conclusion:
Would I go again? Yes, definitely!

Xxx   xxX

2 comments:

  1. Ooh, I keep meaning to go to one of these. Sounds like you had a pretty good time :)

    S x

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  2. Yes, it was great fun! Nice you came for a visit. X

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