Sunday, March 11, 2012

Creative Stitches Exhibition

I had the best time yesterday at the Creative Stitches exhibition in Glasgow.  I went with Kate who runs a lovely Etsy store called Wee Red Suitcase and Rachel who blogs over at The Crafty Traveller.  You can get a sense by looking at the photos above of the size of expo.  It was full of stands selling yarn, fabric, patterns, other craft supplies such as beads, ribbon, etc.

Here I am scoring an amazing deal on some fabric:
I got five metres of linen look fabric in an amazing teal colour--the last metre was free because I only wanted four metres and there was another one on the bolt! whoohooo (and it was already cheap to begin with!!)

There were several great exhibits within the expo center including some amazing quilts.  This one was my favourite:

I just love the story of The Owl and the Pussycat and it was great to see how someone made it into a quilt design!

Though hands down the best exhibit was the showcase of dresses from Downton Abbey.  I was very happy that we were allowed to take pictures and I took way too many!  Expect to see several posts with detailed and close-up shots from some of my favourite outfits from the first season including the Dowager Countess' purple and black suit, Lady Sybil's harem pants suit, Lady Mary's burgundy gown, Cora's cream suit with black braid trim, Lady Edith's white dress and Mrs. Isobel Crawley's black dress.


How to distinguish the sewists from the crowd...
...examining all the seam and contruction details!

A really wonderful day!  Here's a photo of Kate and I on the train ride back to Edinburgh:


























Thanks ladies for the fabulous outing!  Stay tuned for some more posts of the Downton Abbey dresses!

28 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous day! I am so envious that you could see some of the DA costumes up close!!! So looking forward to more posts :)

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  2. Looks like a lovely outing.  How nice to have friends who sew...they are such a blessing.  Glad you gals had a nice time:)

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  3. Looks like a blast! Can't wait to see the Downton Abbey photos!

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  4. Angeline GrievesonMarch 11, 2012 8:23 PM

    I went last year and spent a fortune! .. in fact there was so much to see we went two days in a row ... missed it this year though as my friend was only living in Glasgow for the year .. :(

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  5. Oh, what fun!! We'll all be on pins and needles waiting for your Downton Abbey photos. And I see they also had some of the hats as well. 

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  6. HouseofpinheiroMarch 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    That's so much fun, I also been to this expo with my friend Cris and Pauline and its great sharing such fun with other lovely girls

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  7. Score on the teal fabric! I adore teal x

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  8. Ha ha, classic - I didn't even know you'd taken that photo of us looking at the back of that dress! Thanks again for a great day :-)

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  9. sarah_from_fashion_brick_roadMarch 11, 2012 11:29 PM

    I went to this back in September when it was Cardiff. The owl and the pussycat was one of my favourites too! It was really enjoyable day. There was no fabric selling stalls in Cardiff though which was a shame :(

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  10. I'm soooooo jealous! When I went to the Katherine Hepburn wardrobe exhibit last year, we were not allowed to take photos AT ALL. There wasn't even a book, or postcards with images from the exhibit to buy! Really disappointing :( So it's really nice you got to pass these images along to us completely green onlookers :)

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  11. I wish I could have gone!!!  Looks like it was a fabby time!!! 

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  12. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:03 AM

    Thanks Sarah!!

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  13. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    It is really great to get to hang out with sewing friends! I just love it!

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  14. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:04 AM

    Thanks Stephanie! Even though there were only five costumes--they did seem to pick five of my favourites!

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  15. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    Ah bummer! You'll have to come next year--I'll definitely go again!  It was loads of fun--a really great day out!

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  16. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    Oh yes! They had two of the hats--really great to see those up close!  I did, however, bring a sketchbook in case I couldn't take pictures.  Thank goodness I could because I am lousy at drawing! heheheh

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  17. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:06 AM

    I remember you posting about going!  I think it's great that it's touring around the UK!

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  18. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:07 AM

    TOTAL SCORE! I just love it....I was literally stroking it the entire way home..hahahaha

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  19. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    That's a bummer that they didn't have any fabric selling stalls in Cardiff!!  There were four in Glasgow.  It was a bit sad that there weren't any local sellers (i.e. Mandors, Edinburgh Fabrics, etc.)  The quilts were amazing!

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  20. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    How frustrating! The least they could do was produce a book!!!  That exhibit sounds fabulous---was it in Portland?

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  21. Debi_myhappysewingplaceMarch 12, 2012 9:09 AM

    Wish you could have come too! You would have loved it! PLUS, they had tons of yarn for super cheap!

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  22. Sounds like really fun day! I love sewing expo's but I tend to spend too much ;) and the prices aren't that cheap on this corner of the world, not even in expo. Anyway, I can't wait to see more close up photos of the Downton Abbey costumes :D I once went to exhibition about movie costumes that got Oscars (long time ago). Photos not allowed and no touchy. But boy it was interesting to see all the detailing close when you can't really see them that good in a movie. 

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  23. so glad you had a good day, I think it is the same show in London this weekend and I'm going YAY!!

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  24. Megan GrandstaffMarch 13, 2012 5:35 PM

    It looks like you had such a fabulous time!! I'm so jealous you got to see the Downton dresses up close - they are stunning!

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  25. looking forward to those DA pics!

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  26. So exciting that you got to see that!! I can't wait to see your pictures of the details...there can never be too many pictures!

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  27. Oh wow looks like you guys were swimming in it, and then some.

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  28. Oh wow what a great day out. I just missed out on something similar at Earls Court . Dont you just love those 'end of the roll' moments!! :-)

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