Stitched at Romsey Abbey

Just back from hanging a new piece of work in the beautiful setting of Romsey Abbey, Hampshire.  I was delighted to be invited by Susan Chapman to take part in a collaboration with Rum’s Eg gallery to fill this wonderful example of Norman architecture with stitch.

My piece, “Piggy in the Middle” was inspired by the weird and quirky corbels which adorn the outside of the abbey, combined with my allocated space of St Nicholas chapel.

"double sided hand knitted wall hanging"

“Piggy in the Middle” hand knitted double sided wall hanging in 100% wool by Nicky Barfoot

When I left this morning many wonderful examples of stitched art were still being hung. I can’t wait to see it when they are all up.

“Stitched” will be open from 30 September until 1 November and more information on exhibitors and their work can be found on the Rum’s Eg website. Hope you can make it.

Coastal Inspirations

Living on the south coast of the UK it is difficult not to be inspired by the wonderful coast line.  I particularly like the wilder, less visited areas where you can look down from windy cliff tops onto a lively sea (I am a Pisces so I guess this is the Romantic in me).

"Lee on Solent"

Lee on Solent

It was easy therefore to use this wonderful scenery to inspire three hand knitted cushion designs (recently exhibited at Rum’s Eg Gallery in their “Out of the Blue” exhibition).

"Nicky Barfoot One of a Kind cushion"

Nicky Barfoot One of a Kind “Blue Cable” cushion

The Blue Cable cushion uses a lovely variegated wool yarn in a simple cable pattern and is bordered with more cables to give it a frame.

"Nicky Barfoot One of a Kind hand knitted cushion"

Nicky Barfoot One of a Kind “Beaded Zig Zag” cushion

The Zig Zag cushion uses glass beads and moss stitch zig zags, separated by garter stitch stripes for its textural interest.  Knitted in Pima cotton and wool-cotton blend yarns, it also feels fabulous to the touch.

"Nicky Barfoot hand knitted cushion"

Nicky Barfoot One of a Kind “Blue Bead” cushion

And once I’d got my bead stash out (Debbie Abrahams beads are wonderful for knitted projects) I couldn’t help myself with this one.  I love mixing yarns and textures, and beads just add another dimension to the fabric (and OK I admit it, perhaps a little Bling to satisfy the Girl within).

I have just added these three cushion covers to my shop, so do have a look if you have the perfect chair to complement them.


Interviews, Exhibitions and Birthday Roses……

This month’s “Knitting” magazine (issue 126) has a lovely write up of the 2013 Knitted Textile Awards, including interviews with all the winners in both categories (including yours truly). Being a bonus issue it also has lots of tempting Spring/Summer patterns in it (I have just started on my second make!) so definitely worth buying.

 Nicky Barfoot Magazine Interviews Feb 2014"

2013 Knitted Textile Awards in issue 126 of Knitting and Nicky Barfoot interview in issue 96 of Knit Today

Nicky Barfoot is also featured in the “Last Word” interview in the current issue (96) of Knit Today, something that my Dad will find especially entertaining as he has always pointed out that I have a tendency to that particular characteristic!

So now to exhibitions and I am excited to say that my work is featured in “Out of the Blue” at Rum’s Eg Gallery in Romsey this month.  Four of my knitted “paintings” are on display: “Frankie in Blue”, “Frankie in Ink”, “Frankie”, and “Manu Propria”, as well as three of my hand knitted cushions.  As usual the gallery is packed full of beautiful things, all hand crafted by local talent in a welcoming environment with a good coffee shop on the first floor.  If you are local I strongly recommend you pay it a visit.

"Flyer for Rum's Eg Out of the Blue Exhibition"

“Out of the Blue” at Rum’s Eg, Romsey, Hampshire

And finally to birthdays.  I currently have a house full of wonderful sweet smelling flowers as consolation for being another year older.  These roses were from the long suffering husband.  Nothing does red quite so well!


“Carnevale di Venezia”

My hands are aching from a weekend of Extreme Knitting, finishing a piece of work for the Jersey Textile Showcase at the same time as submitting seven pieces of work for the upcoming “Out of the Blue” exhibition at Rum’s Eg Gallery.  Fingers crossed that “Carnevale di Venezia” makes it to Jersey before the submission deadline tomorrow.

"knitted picture of a Venetian mask"

hand knitted picture


Pretty in Pink (and green!)

OK last cushion post for a while (I promise!) as Christmas is now officially over (back to the day job tomorrow) and I have a new Exhibition deadline to meet so arty stuff it is for the next few months.  Got to say though that I have throughly enjoyed working with beautifully tactile yarns in pretty colour combinations.  Thanks Mum x

"Nicky Barfoot knitted cushion"

hand knitted design in fine merino and cashmere merino silk yarns

My “One of a Kind” cushions can be found at Rum’s Eg Gallery in Romsey, Hampshire.

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"