If you are ever looking for inspiration and have a couple of hours to kill in London you could do worse than head to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Around every corner, in each gallery, there is something to feast your eyes on.
We recently visited their Opus Anglicanum (meaning English work) embroidery exhibition and all we could say after visiting was WOW!
It may not be knitting but we could definitely appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship in the embroideries that dated from the 12th to the 15th centuries. At that time, the city of London was famed for the quality and delicacy of the embroideries created there. Many were used for ecclesiastical purposes, but the garments produced were equally sought after by Kings and Queens. Some of the items in the exhibition have not been seen in this country since they were produced.
The techniques include split stitch and gold work and there was a fantastic video made by the Royal School of Needlework to show how the work was produced. The work is so small and delicate that it is hard to believe that so much of it would have been created by candle light.
Opus Anglicanum finishes on 5th February but the museum always has other exhibitions to inspire you.