Five things to see in October
1 The Knitting & Stitching Show October 11-15, Alexandra Palace, N22. Shuttle buses from Wood Green and Alexandra Palace stations. Tickets: £14.50 in advance; concessions £13; on the door £17 adult, £15.50 concessions, £8 child ages five to 18 (theknittingand stitchingshow.com/London). Reader offer: show this paper to get two tickets for the price of one. INSTAGRAM abounds with perfect craft creations but here you can hone your own skills at 220 practical workshops given by top textile tutors. Stock up with craft supplies at 350 specialist retailers, and there’s the chance to admire the gallery shows by leading artists — and post some pictures.
Curated by Hand & Lock, The Embellished Handbag spotlights 250 years of fashion and embroidery, including this design by Lulu Guinness (handembroidery. com). A show of Red Work by textile artist Rachael Howard is inspired by 19th-century redwork “story” quilts — “the Instagram of their day” (rachaelhoward.com). 2 The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Until Sunday at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, SW11. Free shuttle from Sloane Square. Tickets: £10 on the door (decorativefair.com). Reader offer: show this paper for one free entry. DECORATORS adore this show for special antiques from 160 exhibitors that add ambience and exclusivity to a room. This season’s set-piece in the foyer shows “The Admiral’s Eyrie”, a study with models, maps and charts, Second World War Zeiss naval binoculars and a large lamp from the Mumbles lighthouse in Swansea.
We love this Thirties Continental green glass and ceramicware, above, from various exhibitors and, from McWhirter Antiques, a mounted fragment of a 17th-century green glazed salavaged tile, left. 3 PAD London Until Sunday, Berkeley Square, W1. Tickets: £25; students, £15; under-15s go free (0033 (0)1 53 30 85 20; pad-fairs.com). THE Pavilion of Art and Design venue is a posh tent that’s full of contemporary art, furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and more from 68 prestigious international galleries, spread around the trunks of the square’s fine plane trees.
Go and goggle — once sold, these pieces will disappear from public view. Patrick Perrin founded PAD Paris in 1997 and PAD London in 2007, and will show in Geneva next year. Parisian galleries are here in force, and from Milan come grand dealer dames Rosanna Orlandi and Nina Yasha of Nilufar. On home ground are London’s FUMI, Kreo, Rose Uniacke and Carpenters Workshop, with Sarah Myerscough flaunting bold experiments in wood.
The Fonteyn chair, below, by British design duo Brooksbank & Collins in marble and burr walnut, is at Gallery FUMI, 2 Hay Hill, Mayfair W1.