Knit and Stitch Show 2019 – Free Talks

Knit and Stitch Show 2019 – Free Talks

Saturday 4 May


11.30am – ‘Japanese Sashiko – Working Together’ with Susan Briscoe of Susan Briscoe Designs
Sashiko, the traditional technique of reinforcing fabric with extra stitching, often in elaborate patterns, has a long history in Japan. Passed down ‘from hand to hand’, Susan introduces several different sashiko artists and groups who are spreading the love of sashiko today, while putting their own twist on tradition. Susan first learned sashiko in Yuza-machi, Japan, where she worked as a JET Programme Assistant English Teacher in the early 1990s. It has led to a fascination with all styles of sashiko and kogin (counted sashiko). She is the author of several books on sashiko and kogin, and teaches the techniques in the UK and abroad.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins


1pm – ‘Seam Finishing’ with Leah Halliday of Leah Halliday Designs
Would you love to know the tricks of the trade to making professional looking hand-made clothes? Well it’s all in the seam finishing. Leah Halliday demonstrates several different ways to finish your seams and press them, most of which can be done using a basic sewing machine and tools. Leah will give an introduction to some of the common ways to finishing seams, plus some trickier techniques. Seam finishing stops fabric from fraying and can extend the life of your me made clothing. If you are spending time to create your own clothing why not make them just as lovely on the inside as they are on the outside.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins


2pm – ‘Embroidering the Weird & Wonderful’ with Adam Pritchett of Adam Pritchett Needleworks
A look into the work of textile artist Adam Pritchett — from embroidered insects, to stitching folklore and fantasy. Adam will discuss how his work has developed and the inspirations behind his contemporary hand embroidery. Adam Pritchett is a textile artist based in the Lake District, England—his work is primarily embroidery and focuses on small intricate details and stitching. Drawing influences from traditional sewing techniques with a twist of the fantastical, often stitching with hand-dyed fabrics and threads.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins


Sunday 5 May


11.30am – ‘The View from the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge’ with Mr X Stitch
Mr X Stitch presents a whistle-stop tour of the world of contemporary embroidery. Packed with inspirational artwork and accompanied by Mr X Stitch’s unique presentation style, there’s bound to be something you’ve not seen before.

Duration: 1hr


1pm – ‘A Sense of Place – Interpreting Landscape in Textiles’ with Pat Ashton-Smith, Textile Artist
An illustrated look at how Pat Ashton-Smith uses textiles to explore and interpret the landscape surrounding her in the North Pennines. Sometimes this is wide vistas and others a close up look at flora and fauna. Pat uses a variety of techniques including patchwork and quilting, hand and free machine embroidery as well as various surface decoration techniques – whatever will best express ‘A Sense of Place’.

Duration: 30 – 40 mins


2pm – ‘The Slow Wardrobe’ with Laili Cleasby of Emily Foulds
Laili will introduce the concept of ‘The Slow Wardrobe’. She will discuss how the handmade knitted or crocheted garment adds to our day to day wardrobe, and introduce the latest trends in the fashion industry that are having a direct impact on the world of hand knitting. Laili owns Emily Foulds.com and has a local yarn boutique in Colne, East Lancashire. She proudly shows at some of Europe’s most prestigious Fibre Festivals. She also works for Cumbria based The Fibre Co as their Sales and Retail Development Manager.

Duration: 30 mins