Woollen Woods 2019

This year, 2019 the Woollen Woods were slightly later than usual and this turned out to be a good decision as we were once again very lucky with the weather. As has happened in previous years some pieces were seen for a second time such as the stripy snakes.Most of the trees were decorated with new pieces however, with many trees being taken on by local groups. Transition Belper put up a Bee Kind to Nature Tree with an amazing beehive suspended high above our heads. A line of bees could be seen flying back to the hive and on close inspection a Queen Bee could be seen wearing a small handmade silver crown. The tree also included many species of wildlife and wildflowers.
Chatterbox once again excelled themselves with their tree full of very colourful birds. The local Oxfam shop installed a magical tree full of so many woolly creations. So many local groups took part as well as many individuals and it really has become quite a task to both set up and take down. One group new to the woods this year was Derbyshire Toy Libraries They chose to theme their tree with the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar who turned fifty this year.There was a fantastic blue, sea themed tree from the Blue Box Charity

They had also been working with Fleet Arts, Belper to felt a blue sea inspired tree wrap. Marianne who can often be seen at Belper events with her knitting needles or crochet hook made a very impressive Christmas Tree.There were rainbow elephants, large octopi and a completely Dinosaur Tree.Once again the group Chronic Creatives completed a tree with many flowers, birds and woodland creatures. I have by no means mentioned all the amazing trees but there are many photographs to be seen on the Belper Woollen Woods Facebook page.We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this event which does bring so much pleasure to those who visit the woods.

Simple Patterns for Woollen Woods

The Woollen Woods are once again planned to come to the Parks Wood in Belper during May 2018. Lots of individuals and groups have already expressed interest in being part of the event. There are no set patterns and it is perfectly acceptable to make one item or to take on a whole tree. At the moment I am enjoying myself making woodland birds to install in the wood. Continue reading Simple Patterns for Woollen Woods

Flowers and Animals of the Woollen Woods

This blog, ‘Flowers and Animals of the Woollen Woods’, is a chance to show some of the amazing pieces made by knitters and crocheters for this years Woollen Woods. I have taken so many photographs that it is difficult to choose and there will be some I don’t feature on this blog. Every piece is important however and the people of Belper have loved seeing the woods with the animals, birds and themed trees. Continue reading Flowers and Animals of the Woollen Woods

Belper Parks Wood

It doesn’t seem possible that it is already a week since we had to take down all the lovely woolly things in Belper Parks Wood. They had been in the woods for the Woollen Woods 2015. When you are busy time passes quickly!

The Woollen Woods in Belper Parks wood was part of Corridor Arts, ‘Here and There’ Art Walk. It was also part of Belper’s Art Festival in May 2015. There were so many amazing things going on in the town suitable for all sorts of tastes and age groups. Continue reading Belper Parks Wood

Woollen Woods

Woollen Woods in Belper starts on Saturday May 23rd at 3.00pm and continues until the evening of Monday may 25th.  Come down to the Belper Parks Woods to discover so many animals ad other things hidden among the trees. Things are displayed in the woods in the area called Great Park Wood. The ‘Woollen Woods’ is an event happening all over the country. Woollen woods was started by Eden Arts in 2013 when they asked people to make items from wool to be displayed in the woods of Acorn Bank NT House. I visited this house in June 2013 and loved all the things I saw. Continue reading Woollen Woods

A Shed of my Own.

I really need a shed and that is why I am entering the Beast Shed competition. It may seem strange but I have dreamed of owning a shed for many years but to buy a good quality one that will last, does cost a tidy sum. I imagined my shed to be quite a pretty affair with bunting hung outside,  a metal cafe type table and chairs where I could sit and savour a cup of tea. A place to enjoy the garden even on wet days and  a place to pot up some plants or do some knitting.

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Yarn Bombing in Derbyshire.

Yarn Bombing, yarn storming, knit graffiti is an activity that has really taken off in the last few years. It involves placing knitted, crocheted or felted items on railings, lampposts, trees, fences, bike stands and park benches. These items are left for the enjoyment of all who walk past them and they often disappear to find new homes where they continue to give pleasure. One of the most famous in this country has been achieved in Saltburn on the pier, details can be found here.

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