2013 Knitted Textile Awards at the Harrogate Knit and Stitch Show

I have just returned from a fantastic five days in the beautiful Spa town of Harrogate at the Knit and Stitch Show, the last venue for the UK Hand Knitting Association’s Knitted Textile Awards tour.  As at Alexandra Palace, the enthusiasm for the work from the thousands of visitors to our finalist stand was overwhelming.

"Nicky Barfoot's Knitted Nudes at Harrogate Knit and Stitch Show 2013"

Clockwise from top left: “Sitting Pretty”, “3 x Three”, “Elise (Sitting)”, “Elise (Sleeping)”, “Frankie”.  

We were lucky to have a much larger display space this time which allowed people to stand back and appreciate the work from a distance as well as seeing it up close.  The Graduate Category was also, as ever, very well received and listening to the comments being made, was generally accepted as being an exceptionally strong year for up and coming Knitwear Designers.

"UK Knitted Textile Awards Finalist Stand, Harrogate 2013"

Top: Open Category display
Bottom: Graduate Category Display

Time now to catch my breath for a few weeks while I contemplate my next body of work.  If any of the work I exhibited at Harrogate takes your fancy, it is for sale and can now be found in my online shop.

Sitting Pretty: knitted life “sketch”

As we have had a few weeks in between the Knit and Stitch Shows I have been busy making a couple more pictures to add to my Knitted Life series.  This piece is a translation into textiles of a warm up drawing of the lovely Frankie from the West Dean Dynamic Life Drawing weekend a few months back, chosen because the seated pose fitted perfectly into this felted cardigan front.

"textile life drawing by Nicky Barfoot"

Textile life drawing: cotton and mohair embroidery on a hand knitted background

and the original warm up sketch:

"warm up life drawing sketch by Nicky Barfoot"

Charcoal on paper

Rum’s Eg goes Wild and Woolly

I am lucky enough to be part of this lovely exhibition at Rum’s Eg Gallery in Romsey, Hampshire.  The Gallery has been open nearly a year now and is going from strength to strength featuring a wonderful range of affordable art and craft by local makers.  The Artist’s Private View was last night and was a thoroughly enjoyable event with plenty of wine and nibbles and lots of purchases being made.

0001MQI have three pieces of work in this exhibition, my two remaining Boys Knit Too pictures and a new piece called Chanteloup.  Some of the walls in the gallery have been left as brick which creates a lovely contrast to textiles and I am always amazed at how my humble artwork is transformed once it is framed and hung in a professional space. The exhibition is on throughout the Christmas period so I am sure it will prove to be a great success for Rum’s Eg and the local artistic community.

"Nicky Barfoot Boys Knit Too"


Prowling Wolf Cushion

I have just put the finishing touches (amazing how long it takes me to sew on fasteners!) to this cushion.  It started life as a picture but needed more form so inspired by the recent trend for knitted home accessories a cushion it became.  The front is hand knitted in Rowan Fine Tweed and the back is a reinvention of a UFO in Rowan Felted Tweed  keeping as much of the sense of a sweater as possible as a nod to its original intentions.

"Nicky Barfoot prowling wolf cushion"

Hand knitted cushion in Rowan Fine Tweed


"Nicky Barfoot prowling wolf cushion: back"

Hand knitted cushion back in Rowan Felted Tweed DK