Linda Litchfield - News


Forthcoming exhibiting and teaching:updated in June 2017






My classes for Adult Learning Lewisham scheduled for the remainder of the Summer Term 2017 are as follows:

Handknitting all levels - starts 5 June 2017 at the Grove Park Centre, Mondays 7-9pm for 5 weeks.

Patchwork and Quilting - starts 14 June 2017 at the Brockley Rise Centre, Wednesdays 7-9.30pm, for 5 weeks.

For more information about any of these classes please contact

Exhibiting plans include:

Textiles and Botany at The South London Botanical Institute, 12-18 June 2017.

323 Norwood Road, London SE24 9AQ Open Monday-Sunday 10am -4pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Horniman Friends' Art Exhibition, 16-18 June 10.30-4.30 Saturday and Sunday.          P/V Friday 16th 6.30-9pm

The Lovely Gallery Summer Open Exhibition, 7-16 July, Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm.

Sydenham Road, SE26

Sydenham Artists Trail 8/9 and 15/16 July. Exhibiting this year at 6 Princethorpe Road SE26, 11am -5pm. Teaching a free Fabric collage and hand stitch workshop each Saturday, 2-3.30pm

The Lovely Gallery, Sydenham, with Una Joy and Ky Lewis 28 September to 8 October 2017, Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm.



Recent activities


In the Summer of 2016 the head lease of my studio in Lower Sydenham came to an end. It was a wrench to leave after 9 years but I was lucky to find a studio space on the newly converted 4th floor of the Old Town Hall in Catford. I moved in in August and I'm very happy there.



Visiting Venice in October 2013 to see my daughter Lizzie performing in the Tino Seghal exhibit at the Biennale was a special experience. Travelling there and back overnight by train was an interesting ordeal. But the city is amazing and the art was even more so.



Oldish news...In April 2012 I spent a wonderful week in the Shetland Isles. The high point was a long weekend on Bressay, living and working in the cottages formerly occupied by the men who tended the lighthouse before it became fully automated (in 1989), at the foot of the Kirkabister Lighthouse, for a workshop making an "extraordinary expanding sketchbook/journal" under the kind and inspiring direction of the lovely Rachel Hazell, book-maker and teacher extraordinaire. Such attractive sheep.



Slightly older news.... and therefore not really news any more.


In November of 2009, I began working on a part-time basis, with a charity called Stitches in Time, based in Limehouse in the East of London. This organisation works with the community on publically and privately funded textile-based projects. In January 2010, Stitches was commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces to knit a throne, to be installed in Kensington Palace as part of the Enchanted Palace exhibition. I have been the lead artist on this project, which has occupied most of my time since the beginning of the year. Working from a watercolour sketch provided by Bill Mitchell, the artistic director of Wildworks, an international theatre compnay based in Cornwall, who have been responsible for creating the exhibition, and using as a base a throne-like wood and leather chair which the Palace already possessed, I translated the various elements of the throne into hand-knitting patterns and sourced materials. Where possible, I divided those patterns into smaller units and led knitting workshops of elders and younger people who knitted sections. Other pieces I knitted myself. With the help of the production team at Stitches, the whole thing was stitched together and attached to the chair. The completed throne was delivered and installed in Kensington Palace on 19th March, The Enchanted Palace exhibition opened to the public on 26 March 2010, the exhibition will be open until 2012.

In October and November of 2010 I worked again with community groups, under the auspices of Stitches in Time, to create knitted decorations for a Xmas tree which was installed in the Throne Room at Kensington Palace in early December.

And now we have knitted some Crown Jewels - a crown, an orb and a sceptre, delivered to Kensington Palace in early May 2011.

Details can be found on the Kensington Palace website