London – a visit

Poppies

 

This week I spent a couple of days in London. Firstly I went to see the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London. This is a major art installation of 888,246 hand-made ceramic poppies in the Tower of London’s moat to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Each poppy represents a fallen British and Commonwealth soldier and visiting the installation is a very moving experience, sending shivers down your spine when thinking of the horrors these men endured to give us the freedom we are privileged to have these days. The installation will remain in situ until the 11.November, after which the poppies will be carefully taken down, cleaned and posted to their new homes. You can own one and show your support by visiting poppies.hrp.org.uk

On day two I met up with my lovely friend Marisa who I met last year through the wonderful world that is Instagram. We met at the Fashion and Textile Museum, which is currently showing a fabulous exhibition called Knitwear – Chanel to Westwood.

What fun…

Knitwear 1

 

Almost all the examples on display come from the private collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield, whose passion for knitted garments is evident throughout. According to the information that I could find, the Butterfield’s love affair with knitting began in the 60’s with a jumper knitted by a very young Cleo and continues today with a wide ranging collection across a century worth of of knitted fashions.

The exhibition is grouped into various display’s and you find everything from Make do and Mend above, Cocktail Hour, Fair Isle and Fashionable Folk below

Knitwear 3

 

to

Knitwear 2

 

Artistic Afternoon, which shows how dressing during the 1920s and 1930s reached a peak of glamour and sophistication, with knitted and crochet dresses, coats and wraps. Featuring metallic yarns, art deco colouring and exotic details, these pieces represent a bygone era of cafe society in Paris, Berlin, London and New York.

Mari and I had such a fabulous time and I urge anyone interested in knitting and crochet to visit if you can. The exhibition runs until 18 January 2015.

Have a love weekend whatever you are doing!

X.

 

N.B. As there was no photography allowed at the museum, all photos above were taken from the FTM’s Pinterest board. This is only a fraction of photos available and you can see more by clicking here.