Saturday, 2 November 2013

Margaret Nicholson


I indulged in the treat of visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show for the second time in a year, this time at Alexandra Palace.  I managed to be completely full of inspiration and ideas before I'd evenhanded over my ticket, largely thanks to a retrospective exhibition in the forecourt of work by Margaret Nicholson.
I don't feel these images do justice to the detail, breadth and style of the exhibition, but they will have to simply give a taste ... Much of her work (eg, above) was the intricate, painstaking work of On Nue, a technique I'd never come across before and will never have the patience to try, in which silk threads are used to couch gold bands onto calico.  Despite the hours spent on these however, the work that really appealed to me was the goldwork embroidery - not only the technique, but the designs, inspiration taken from her travels and the journey from design to final execution.

I've treated myself to a few golden threads ...