Knit and Stitch Show 2014 Harrogate

The Knitting and Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK, it’s packed with textile craft goodies to buy, workshops and galleries. I went along to check out some of the exhibitors this year and to see what was new in the world of embroidery…

Caren Garfen

‘She Was Cooking Something Up’.

Caren’s work consists of a full-size kitchen installation which brings together all of her research over the past three to four years on women, dieting and body image. Enter the kitchen at your peril!

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TOFT Luxury British Knitting

TOFT designs and manufactures quality alpaca and wool yarn and fashionable knitwear here in the UK from British sourced luxury fibres and is based on an alpaca farm in Toft, Warwickshire. TOFT is for the stylish ethically-minded crafter looking for a proper great British story behind their knitting and knitwear. I loved their space at the exhibition, they had fabulous product, creative workshops and many patterns to learn and get involved in!

Jo Beattie

The image below is of a machine embroidery called ‘Playground’. This work is over a metre wide and 75cm in length. It hangs away from the wall, and so you see enlarged images of the children on the plain wall behind. It will hopefully give people the idea of a type of ‘PICK & MIX’ approach where the buyer can choose up to 4 images from the ‘Playground’ to put in a frame for themselves.

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Leslie Morgan

‘How many Mountains’ is the title of this beautiful embroidered quilt – the detail of the stitch is amazing.

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Olly mason

Main inspirations include urban architecture, surface texture and Middle-Eastern and Asian cultures. Her work focuses on surfaces and the conceptual contrast between hard and soft, incorporating both textiles and concrete. These designs have been created for innovative interior surfaces.

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Hanny Newton

Her work is a combination of copper thread and glass on metal pins and industrial felt. Mining is part of the fabric of Cornwall, shaping the landscape while shaping the lives of the people. The Cornish mining story is all about people: the men, women and children who worked hard in dangerous conditions to earn a living.

The technique of layered felt padding is liberated from its conventional home underneath gold work embroidery that would be found on a coronation gown and up scaled to create sculptural rock forms. Gold and silver embroider threads are swapped for copper and tin – the lifeblood of Cornwall.

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Bridget Donoghue

Currently studying at the University of Huddersfield on the Surface Design course, Bridget specialises in embroidery and exhibited some of her work at the show. Her work is based on the visual expression of dreams, and inspired by social issues, surfaces and her drawings. The pieces she has created are based on the four stages of sleep and the movement of the brain, by using the Amaya embroider machine she creates detailed movement in stitch textures.

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LIVE from TISE East 2014 in Miami…

This week the Scarlet Opus team have been in Miami for The International Surface Event (TISE East) We’ve been busy creating show stopping window displays, presenting trends and running informative and inspirational workshops. It’s been an amazing few days so far at a fantastic show, here are some of the best bits we’ve seen today and of course some images of what we got up to at our Visual Merchandising Workshop!

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Take a look at some of our “best bits” that we’ve found at the show…

Gemstone Tile Works

Gemstone Tile created a beautiful display of their product in a bathroom roomset. They had a giant bath tub complete with basin and mirror and check out this amazing shower they had displayed on their stand! We love the intensity of the colours in their product, they would look great in any bathroom!

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Barbie Kennedy Designs

The combination of materials in these beautiful artful surfaces create unexpected shapes and patterns. The collection of hand designed creations make extraordinary surfaces that are both beautiful and inspiring which will look great in any interior. Her mood board is a great reflection on her work, the use of inspirational textural imagery and combined materials can be seen within the products. Check out more of her work here.

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By Rock Corp.

We loved the patterns created in this marble. They have bold, striking yet intriguingly fascinating patterns that work well as flooring or as wall panels. It would make a fantastic feature piece! See more on their website here.

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Marble of the World

This beautiful mix of natural stones and gold textures creates a luxurious look yet keeps its raw earthen qualities. Its unique, extravagant and of the finest quality exotic stone. The Brown Agate is from the Caesarstone Collection available in more colours on their website.image (1)

Bedrosians

Bedrosians created wonderful little product montages that not only invite people to be more tactile with the product but they also look amazing as wall art pieces. This is a great way of showing how different products work together in terms of colour and textures, their catalogue of product mood boards include, Cinnamon Sugar, Butter Cream, Cotton Candy, Ansel Adams and Morning Fog.

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Scarlet Opus Visual Merchandising Workshop

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We put together a hands-on workshop to help inspire customers with fashion-led visual merchandising. We presented three interior design trends for spring/summer 2015 relevant to both hard and soft flooring and wall surfaces, the objective of the workshop was to help the participants develop an understanding of how you can incorporate these trends into store design and displays.

Phil, Victoria and myself had one window each, along with one Spring/Summer 2015 Trend and of course our group of participants to work with in order to create fantastic window displays for flooring products, bringing fashion into flooring for visual merchandising! Take a look at the images, would you stop by if you saw a story-telling display like this? I think so!

Re.Tell window in the making…

FullSizeRender IMG_2637 IMG_2644 The final window displays…

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The session was fun, interactive and we created some amazing window displays for flooring! A big thank you goes out to Bedrosians who sponsored the product for the event and to all the participants who took part!

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Lessons from the West Elm LOCAL launch in London

Last month Scarlet Opus were invited to West Elm‘s ‘Meet the Makers’ event at their Tottenham Court Rd store in London. They planned to throw their doors open and present their ever so lovely furniture, textiles and tableware to the Press, as well as allowing local Designers to demonstrate their skills and discuss their work. Continue reading

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Top 10 finds at THE FLOORING SHOW 2014

Today Laura & I are blogging live from The Flooring Show in the UK, and we’re going to share with you our pick of the Top 10 best finds and features from across the show.  We walked all of the halls this morning to spot the best exhibitor stands, most innovative marketing ideas, and interesting products. Continue reading

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