Sylvia Thompson, author of Hands On: The Art of Crafting in Ireland, was at the show this year opening "Nature" - an exhibition of textiles from members of various guilds.
Sylvia was also kind enough to write a short blog for those of us who weren't able to make it along!
"Arriving at The Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin’s RDS is like entering an Aladdin’s cave full of craft materials and handmade textiles of all colours, shapes and sizes. It was my first time here and my mission was to open "Nature", an exhibition of textiles by members of the Crafts Council of Ireland. Inspired by their local landscapes and seascapes, feltmakers, fibre artists, embroiderers and weavers from various guilds created evocative earthy, mixed media works for the show. Striking examples on display included Ruth Duignan’s 'Layered Landscape Dress' and Astrid Tomrop-Hofman’s 'Scarf the Mermaid Left Behind on Fanore Beach' to Claire Merry’s framed Dandelion Clocks (entitled 'Set Free'). In their search to connect with nature through textiles, each craftworker transports us back outdoors to celebrate the trees, the land and shoreline that inspired their pieces.
The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual purchasing trip for quilters, knitters, sewers and textile enthusiasts but it’s also a chance to enjoy the beautiful international and national displays of handmade quilts and the exquisite miniature knitted village – which was the absolute favourite exhibit of the two ten year old girls who accompanied me to the show."
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