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The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

Last week passed by in a bit of a blur at Alexandra Palace. It was the annual Knitting and Stitching show which is a huge gathering of all things textile related spread over a massive 5 days and the whole of Alexandra Palace. I was there with a stand for MIY Collection and taught 3 sell out workshops.

I always find the run up to the show a bit fraught and full of worrying about the design of my stand, organising stock to take and planning my workshops (not to mention making sure everything will continue to run smoothly at MIY Workshop and the MIY Collection online shop while I’m away)!

However, once I’m there and everything’s set up I do enjoy it. Here’s a flavour of the show:


Here’s my stand this year and even if I do say so myself I think it was my best yet!


Yours truly in action on the stand. Who knows what I’m saying but I seem to have them hanging on my every word!

It’s a great opportunity to meet dressmakers from around the country and talk to them about my patterns and book, lots of whom follow me online so it’s doubly lovely to be able to meet them in person.


I was really lucky this year to have some help on the stand for a few of the days from Rebecca Eaton of Rebecca Jane who is going to be doing some bag-making workshops at MIY Workshop and the always lovely and smiley Emma of Dressmaker’s Social who was an absolute star and helped me out for the busiest 2 days on Friday and Saturday. She also drove us to the launch of The Foldline at Sew Over It in Islington; a super bit of sewing networking crammed into 90 mins. If you haven’t checked out The Foldline yet, have a look; founders Kate and Rachel have worked really hard on launching it and they’re promising it will become the Facebook for the sewing community. Let’s hope so as the sewing community has been lagging behind the knitting community on this.

Thanks to the very witty (see badges above….!) Emma of Dressmaker’s Social, I was also able to take some time away from my stand to go and chat to people who I’m normally only able to chat to online, this time I caught up with Grace of Beyond Measure UK (beautiful tools and accessories for makers), Amy aka Almond Rock Sews and editor of Love Sewing magazine, Pam and Simon of Ernest Wright & Son (the best scissors traditionally made in Sheffield), Tina of Tina Francis Tapestry (tapestry kits and patterns), Jules of Sew Me Something (sewing patterns, fabrics, yarns), Wendy Dolan with her super new machine embroidery book, Kim Thittichai on the Vilene stand, Elizabeth Betts editor of Popular Patchwork, Carolyn Clark professional long arm quilter,  and Sara Cook who was doing her first spot of teaching at the show.


I also met Sophia the flamingo on the Toft Alpaca stand and wanted to take her home with me!

Excitingly I launched a few new products at this year’s show, some of which are now available from the MIY Collection online shop, but more on that in one of my next posts.

I’m also going to post some of the teaching I did at the show as online tutorials: A Complete Guide to Sewing with Knits (a collection of all my tutorials and guides to sewing stretch knit fabrics) and How to Make Continuous Strip Bias Binding. Watch this space.

See You at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show?

spring knitting & stitching show olympia

It’s the Spring Knitting & Stitching show at Olympia in London next week from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th.  The show opens at 10am every day and is open late until 7pm on Thursday, then 5.30pm Friday and Saturday and 5pm Sunday.

I’ll be there with signed copies of my book “The Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking”, MIY Collection dressmaking patterns and sewing tools and my scissor accessories.  Find MIY Collection in the main hall on stand L16 near Fabrics Galore and M Rosenberg fabrics (now that will test my fabric shopping willpower!)

I’m also teaching at the show for the first time this year:

  • Thursday 3.30-4.30pm Customising with Easy Appliqué £12 – tickets still available.
  • Saturday 3.30-5pm Sew Knits on a Sewing Machine £15 – sold out.

See you there!

Wendy Ward Spring Knitting & Stitching Show OlympiaPhoto © Julian Ward

See you at the Knitting & Stitching Show

Later this morning I will be heading off to London town to spend 5 days at the Knitting & Stitching show at Alexandra Palace.  If you’ve never been it really is an amazing event, my two pieces of essential advice if you’re going…….

  • wear: comfy shoes and layers
  • take: food!

There are three halls full of stalls selling everything you could ever need and more for sewing knitting and creating in general, exhibitions, workshops and fashion shows.

I’m playing with the big boys this year in the Great Hall with MIY Collection on stand O19.  I’ll have my sewing patterns, tools, accessories and an advance copy of my book.  Here are some new things I’m launching at the show……

cowl sewing patternA new sewing pattern for the show: MIY Cosy Cowl – quick, easy and perfect for this time of year when you’re not quite ready for your winter coat!  Available to buy online when I’m back from the show.

scissor earringsTeeny tiny scissor earrings! A treat for you or the perfect gift for your stitchy friend.  Also available to buy online when I’m back from the show.

Look forward to seeing you there!

MIY Collection at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show

Well, it was exhausting, but good fun!!

I had a brilliant 2 days at Olympia touting my wares, chatting to lots of lovely stitchers and convincing them to have a go at sewing knitted fabrics.

Here’s me, my stand and my wares:


I sold out of all but one pattern and came away with lots of ideas and exciting possibilities to follow up.  Fresh new stocks of patterns being printed as we speak!

I’m having a little trip up to the “Sewing for Pleasure” show at the NEC this Saturday, just to have a little nose…..

Come and see me at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia in March!

I will be having a stand (number E13) with MIY Collection at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia on Friday the 15th and Saturday the 16th March.


I love how the theme for this year’s show is “Make It Yourself” MIY, how apt!!

Tickets are £12.50 if booked in advance or £15 on the door and the show will be open each day from 10am-5.30pm.  Click on the image above to go straight to the Twisted Thread (organisers) website and information on the location and how to get there.

I will have my patterns and tools for sale and I’ve got a few other things up my sleeve…….