Stitch London meet the folks at John Smedley
Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 5, 2010
Back in the summer Stitch London were contacted by a giant in knitting history, the good folks at John Smedley. John Smedley are one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, established 225 years ago in 1784. That is some serious time knitting.
John Smedley invited the Stitch London Stitchettes up to Matlock in lovely Derbyshire to see where the knitwear action happens and learn a little about the Smedley Family.
Fancy coming with us on the factory tour?
First stop was a room full of the finished product. Much squealing and ooing and ahhing ensued.
Then onto the factory and a some lessons in knitwear history. We were shown around by our tour guide John (not the Smedley John but another one) who had become a tour guide after working in the factory for over 30 years. He knew everything there was to know (and he let us snaffle a few lovely yarny scraps too).
Then off to the room where all the finishing is done. The people working there were doing wonders of stitching. Amazing stuff.
This was all in preparation for a very special project where graffiti knitting will meet traditional knitwear, as Stitch London and their sneaky stitching friends at Knit the City yarnstorm John Smedley’s Brook Street store in central London.
You’re all invited to come along and see the yarnstorm. You can even join us at the launch on October 11.
The entire piece will be made of John Smedley’s yarn and scraps left over from their clothes making.
This is going to be fun…