This Wednesday was our train trip to London to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibition. We were booked in to the 2pm slot at the V&A so first we visited Covent Garden where I couldn’t resist going in Pollocks miniature theatre toy shop. It’s a delight! We decided to walk through Soho and Leicester Square to go to Liberty of London store as I’ve watched the Christmas specials on the telly box and the craftsmanship that goes into the products in the store is phenomenal, it’s supporting artisans throughout the U.K. (they have an open call for new products every year). I indulged in a beautiful throw and a meter of Liberty fabric (soon to be knitting bags).
Of course for me the piece de resistance was at the very top of the store, the rug shop. I have watched with gleeful eyes the bounty that the rug merchant hauls back from his travels abroad on tv but I got to see them (and him) in person! The beautiful patterns and hours of knotted yarns tied in intricate designs depicting storks, flowers and tigers. Such wonders.
The Frida Kahlo exhibition was such a treat. I was hoping to view a painting and I wasn’t disappointed. There were around 6 self portraits but my favourite was the love embrace of the Universe, Earth, myself, Diego and Senor Xolotl. Also amongst the personal possessions of Frida there was a wooden craft box containing sewing threads and also a ball of red yarn. Photos were not permitted but there is a book available (I bought) to accompany the exhibition.
A little look at a few of the titles I’ll be taking along with me to Yarndale includes this beautiful Round and Round the Crochet Hook by Emily Littlefair (there’s a blanket and a wall hanging in there I quite fancy).