Leading knitwear designer celebrates 50 years in textiles at St Albans venue

Rowan business development manager Sharon Brant, internationally renowned textile designer Kaffe Fas

Rowan business development manager Sharon Brant, internationally renowned textile designer Kaffe Fassett and Gardens of the Rose's Roz Hamilton before Kaffe's talk - Credit: Archant

One of the best-known names in fabric design and knitwear, Kaffe Fassett, was at the Gardens of the Rose in Chiswell Green last week to celebrate 50 years in textiles.

The gardens hosted the half century celebrations of the craftsman famed for his use of colour and floral patterns.

In the morning, retailers and press were invited to meet Kaffe and in the afternoon around 150 guests listened to a talk from him and then had a chance to look around the gardens and enjoy a cream tea.

Roz Hamilton, chief executive of the Royal National Rose Society, said it was very much a Kaffe day with large poms poms in vibrant colours around the gardens. Among the blooms in the garden is the Kaffe Fassett rose which was named after him at the Hampton Court Flower Show in 2013 to mark a landmark birthday.

An exhibition of Kaffe’s knitting, quilting, sewing and tapestry runs in the pavilion until June 23.

Roz said: “It was absolutely superb and the weather was in our favour. Kaffe absolutely adored it and thought it was absolutely fabulous and gave him lots of inspiration.”

* The Gardens of the Rose open to the public from next Saturday, June 6, until August 2. Parking is now available at the adjoining Butterfly World.