L’ aiguille en fête (www.aiguille-en-fete.com ) is the name of a knitting and needlework expo I went to last week at the Porte de Versailles convention centre. It was magnificent, brilliant (literally a spectacle of colour) and every other superlative you can think of, so no surprise that there were about a zillion other keen craftswomen there – and a few men.
As is not uncommon with popular Expo events the space versus crowd equation resulted in scenes much like a mosh-pit at a rock concert in some areas; but that was the only downside, I had a wonderful day and came away inspired with more new projects on the grand list of Things to Knit. I do admit that I did buy a little more wool for said projects.
There were over 200 exhibitors covering all varieties of craftwork that is done with some sort of needle; knitting, sewing, lace making, patchwork, quilting, felt making, embroidery and hardanger and stalls selling books on every imaginable aspect of craftwork. As well there were some special exhibition spaces where I met a fabric artist – Diana Brennan – and saw some of her amazing work. I am going to write separately about that in my next update because it’s a whole story on its own.
My focus was on the knitting, although I was tempted by the buttons and ribbons as well, spending some time planning strategically (ie dreaming up ideas) as to how I might use them on the project list. Best of all I made contact with the lovely people from L’ Oisive Thé; a little knitting shop and tea salon in the 13th arondissement. They hold knitting soirees at the salon de thé on Monday and Wednesday evenings so I am booked to go this week. I will also be tracking down the button and ribbon shop and the Elle Tricote shop.
Here are some photos and website addresses of my best finds from the day.