Students and staff at Northwood College for Girls visited Alexandra Palace for the Knitting and Stitching Show recently.
Year 10, 11 and 12 textile students were accompanied by Mrs Johnson, Mrs Hathaway and Mrs Sawenko on October 10 to see the Alexandra Palace show.
Included were halls dedicated to inspiring displays by contemporary textile artists and new college graduates’ work, as well as specialist stalls selling materials, resources and demonstrating their wares.
The Year 10’s enjoyed workshops entitled ‘Wet Felted Fantasy Flower’, ‘Wire Flowers with Knitted Bead Centre’ and ‘Embellished Floral Hoop Embroidery’.
The Year 11’s had an ‘Indian Block Printing’ workshop.
The Year 12’s attended a talk by the famous Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn.
All workshops were run by textile artists and were action packed, culminating in a sample to take home at the end of the day and to display in their sketchbooks.
Adhira Ashok, Year 10, said: “I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show as I saw various types of materials used and different inspiring styles of work. The workshop I was assigned to was very interesting as the process was something I was unfamiliar with.”
This was a very valuable experience for the textiles students; in particular, the show helped them to gather research for their projects gained from viewing work from the astounding textile artists gallery, but also the girls got a lot out of attending the practical workshops, where they learnt new skills taught to them first hand by an established textile artist.