Sewing, Knitting and Hobbycraft Exhibition at the Excel London, 28th March - by Julia

At the last meeting Jane M kindly donated two free tickets to the Excel show.  As no-one took up the offer and Saturday dawned dull and overcast, I hunted for the tickets and dragged my husband along.

For the first time, I noticed the cable cars going across to Greenwich as we got of the DLR.  The Excel centre was packed with places to have coffee and sit down. So after surviving three underground changes, coffee was the first thing on our agenda.  Mike was hoping to find a tapestry as he was in need of a new project and I just fancied a browse.

Famous last words, a browse! The exhibition hall was packed with mostly ladies, some with their lovely trolleys taking of your toes as they pushed past, others in wheelchairs full steam ahead. Being of the polite nature, it took a while to negotiate the aisles.  No tapestry for Mike but he did spend time talking to the Federation of Family History Societies, coming home armed with a leaflet and ready to delve into his past. 

The UK Hand Knit stand caught my eye as they were knitting chains, (like paper chains) to reach a record.  I took down the details and have been using my odds and ends to knit a metre of chains to send off.  I had a good time browsing the  ‘Stitch Witch’ stand  and buying a Sashiko pattern and some perle thread, I also spent time at the ‘Puddleducks’ stand working out what to buy when they come to us later this month.  The Quilters' Guild were there with a small exhibition and I found myself admiring their dedication as they had not long all been out in force at the Knit and Stitch Show at Olympia.

After escaping from a packed hall we had another coffee and braced ourselves for the journey home.  Many thanks to Jane for the tickets.