The Knitting & Stitching Show Ambassadors
The Knitting & Stitching Shows are all about bringing together textile enthusiasts from all over the world and this year’s show ambassadors reflected that. Our ambassadors are the very best in their field spanning a wide range of textile disciplines including crochet, dressmaking, cross-stitch and textile folk art, but their common denominator is that they are all very, very passionate about creativity.
Tilly Walnes is the founder of online dress-making blog and store Tilly and The Buttons. Tilly made a name for herself in the sewing world back in 2010 when she started blogging about her sewing escapades. Fast forward seven years and Tilly is regularly voted as Sewing Personality of the year, she has been featured in The Guardian and The New York Times, have sewn on telly as a contestant in BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee and has one of the most popular Instagram accounts for dressmakers in the UK
After being a regular at our sister show The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia – Tilly has taken the plunge and will be exhibiting at our flagship show at Alexandra Palace for the very first time. Meet Tilly and co. on stand J14.
Q: What would be your advice for any dress making newbies?
A: Just jump right in and give it a go! When you get started you need a very limited kit so don’t feel you need to splurge on a huge tool box right away. As long a you have a sewing machine, some sharp scissors, pins and an iron, you can get going on your sewing journey.
Q: What are you most looking forward to at The Knitting & Stitching Show?
A: Meeting lots of DIY dressmakers, as well as anyone ready to take the plunge and catch the sewing bug!
Katie Jones is an inspirational knitwear designer who teams playful aesthetics with serious ethics. Katie’s self named brand was launched by the British Fashion Councils Estethica in 2016. The brand has always focused on sustainable practice embracing Katie’s Granny’s vision of making something beautiful from nothing and consciously addressing issues of over-consumerism. She creates wearable, artisanal collections that are big on colour and texture. But more than just creating beautiful garments, the brand creates playful experiences that encourage and champion social and environmental change. By running and participating in a wide range of workshops and events Katie wants people to interact and engage with the brand, sharing her skills and knowledge on textile crafts and sustainable Fashion.
Q: How can the everyday person be more eco-conscious with their fashion choices?
A: Over consumption is one of the biggest issues in sustainability, by crafting our own clothes we can understand their true value and consume at a slower rate. Knowing how to knit and sew extends a garments life as we are equipped to fix them and we have more emotional attachment with handmade pieces so we hold on to them longer which drastically reduces landfill! A big really easy step into being more eco- conscious is just that, being conscious and actively being involved with our clothing!