Graphic design by Rob Hildreth (Von Graff/Studio)




For The Public eight Salon Benches that have been made by knitting groups from across the UK will be exhibited on the ground floor. The benches will be accompanied by resource trolleys to create a salon atmosphere and offered to members of the public as an arena for sharing knitting skills and conversations.


The Knitting Salon is a flexible mobile environment that has been designed to be used in galleries and public spaces as an arena for sharing knitting skills and conversations.


As part of the project Trevor Pitt commissioned knitting groups from across the UK to make a bespoke Salon Bench that would become part of The Knitting Salon. So far, benches have been made in Birmingham, Bristol, Devon, London, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-Gateshead, Northampton and Talgarth.


Following a set of instructions each bench has been customised by a group using a variety of knitting and felting techniques. The wool for the benches has been locally sourced and chosen to reflect the location and the people creating it. The yarns have been either hand spun from the fleeces of a local flock of sheep or processed by a specialist company in the UK.


Trevor Pitt collaborated on the design of the mobile salon with Kate Pemberton, a Birmingham based artist with an international reputation for electronic and textile-based contemporary art. The design and construction of The Knitting Salon was produced with support from Birmingham based arts organisation, Craftspace.


In 2011, The Knitting Salon will embark on a UK tour of major cultural venues from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall.


Visitors can knit and chat on the 8 Salon Benches from:

Salon Bench Northampton, led by Abi Jackson

Salon Bench Milton Keynes, led by Tracey Clarke

Salon Bench Roving Devon, led by Carolyn Morton

Salon Bench Newcastle-Gateshead, led by Joss Wrigg

Salon Bench Talgarth, led by Ann Rowson

Salon Bench London, led by Prick Your Finger

Salon Bench Knowle West and

Salon Bench Birmingham, led by Trevor Pitt


The Knitting Salon events 


Saturday 16 October 11am to 4pm 

For one day only Sara Fowles and the crew of notorious knitters from the Birmingham based knitting group ‘Stitches and Hos’ will take over The Knitting Salon. Come and join in the fun, they’ll have you ‘in stitches’.

Saturday 23 October 11am to 3pm

Saturday 30 October 11am to 3pm

Local knitters will be on hand to help you learn to knit, brush up your skills. One-to-one appointments can be booked in advance via reception: call 0121 533 7161