Tales from the Woollen Woods

All Creatures Great and Woollen

Woollen Workshops

I spent the last two Sundays at Rushcliffe Country Park running free drop-in workshops as part of Woollen Woods 2015. French knitting proved popular with the young and not so young! The young thought it was similar to loom banding while the not so young reminisced about using cotton reels with nails in the top!

Leaves and flowers were made and sent out to the Woollen Woods display. Other people came with questions about particular techniques. One lady told me about working in the Lace Market in Nottingham; she did machine embroidery and controlled the width of the stitches with a knee-controlled lever.

Linda, who has been to several of my other workshops, came along with this cute bunny, made from one knitted square. Got to make one of these cuties!

Knitted bunny made from a square of garter stitch

Woollen Swans

Meanwhile, outside this swan was looking longingly at the lake.

Swan's head knitted on a Griswold by volunteers from The Framework Knitters Museum, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

It must have been very keen to swim because its neck got longer and longer! This fantastic creation was made by the Framework Knitters Museum (based in nearby Ruddington) using a Griswold machine. These are compact machines invented to knit socks in small houses.

Swan's head and neck knitted on a Griswold by volunteers from The Framework Knitters Museum, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Woollen Woods

At the entrance to the Woollen Woods there were many cherry blossoms, mounted rather cleverly on a willow frame.

Knitted and crochetet cherry blossom in a tree

Look up in the trees and you will see a multitude of woolly creatures. You can almost hear these cheerful birds cheeping!

Woollen birds at Woollen Woods, Rushcliffe Country Park, Nottinghamshire

Here’s a grey squirrel nibbling on an acorn.

Knitted squirrel in a tree at Woollen Woods, Rushcliffe Country Park

And here is a friendly spider complete with woollen web!

Knitted spider in a tree at Woollen Woods, Rushcliffe Country Park

Bees, a dragonfly, a ladybird and a mouse – up a tree! Woollen Woods is a truly magical place.

Knitted creatures in a tree at Woollen Woods, Rushcliffe Country Park

All in all there were over 1000 woolly creations in our Woollen Woods, all bringing a smile to visitors’ faces.

The Woollen Woods are over for another year and the woollen creatures have left. However, the sensory garden at Rushcliffe Country Park is open all year.

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