About

Blooming Marvellous- The Knitted Garden Exhibit is available for hire in 2017!

Who made it…

The garden was originally made by over 2000 volunteers, aged 2 – 99 years old, with a wide variety of  abilities, including families, children, choirs and WI groups, and people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, physical disability and visual impairments.   They were mainly from Bournemouth and some from across the UK with a few international participants.  We even had  a lady vicar from Sunderland who knitted the mole in the hole! As the garden as toured it has new work added to it so we estimate it has now been made by over 5000 people and is still growing.  Each venue makes something significant for it. At every venue a new knitting group is initiated, which normally continues after the exhibition leaves.

The following groups have taken part

All Saint’s 22nd Brownies, Southbourne, Bournemouth

Arts University College Bournemouth – staff and students

Beale’s Dept Store Knitting Group, Bournemouth

Boathouse Babes, Christchurch

Boscombe Resource Centre, Bournemouth

Bournemouth Home Library Service/Housebound Reading Group/WRVS

Bournemouth Housing Association for the Elderly, Southbourne, Bournemouth

Bournemouth University – Volunteers at Student Union

Bridport Bag Ladies, Bridport

Bridport Community

Carberry Machine Knitters, Christchurch

Crafty Capers, Charminster Library Craft Group, Bournemouth

Crafty Ladies, St Aldhelm’s Church, Branksome, Bournemouth

E11 Crafty Knits, London.

Ewe2Ewe, Craft Group, Sway, New Forest,

Grapevine Craft Group, St Paul’s Church, Throop, Bournemouth

Heathlands Primary School, West Howe, Bournemouth

Hooked on Crochet, House of Fraser Dept Store, Bournemouth

Juniper Day Centre, Christchurch

K2 Knitters, Poundsbury, Dorchester

Kinson Methodist Church, Kinson, Bournemouth

Knitting Noras, Southampton

Knitty Knatters from Hilmarton, Dorset

Lansdowne Townswomen’s Guild, Bournemouth

Let’s Make it, Weymouth & Portland

Malvern Day Centre, Bournemouth, Bournemouth

Northbourne Afternoon Towns Women’s Guild, Bournemouth

Nortoft Day Centre, Charminster, Bournemouth

Oakmead College, West Howe, Bournemouth

Pennington Purlers, Pennington Wool Shop, Ensbury   Park, Bournemouth

Pelham’s Craft Club, Kinson Community Centre, Kinson, Bournemouth

Purlesque knitting group, Lighthouse Poole

Quangle Wangle Choir, Weymouth

Radipole Primary School, Weymouth

Red Tent Knitting Group, Boscanova Café, Boscombe, Bournemouth

Redhill Townswomen’s Guild, Bournemouth

Sunrise Senior Living, Southbourne, Bournemouth

Southbourne Library knitting group, Bournemouth

Southbourne Afternoon Women’s Institute, Bournemouth

Knit and Knatter, Bournemouth

Tuckton Library Knit and Knatter group, Bournemouth

Threads ’n’ Yarns Craft Group, Starbucks, Westbourne

Wallisdown Heights Day Centre, Bournemouth

West Howe Knitters, Inspiration for Change Shop, Bournemouth

Wimborne Knitters

Wool Workshop, Corfe Castle

Every contribution is loved and appreciated however large or small!

Funders and Donations

This project’s primary funder is the National Lottery/Arts Council England. Thank you!

The project has received funding from Bournemouth Libraries/ Bournemouth Arts Development. Thank you!

B&Q are kindly lending us a garden arch for the Bournemouth Library exhibition. Thank you to Claire the garden centre manager at B&Q.
Dingles Dept Store (House of Fraser) have generously donated 3 large boxes and 5 large sacks of wool from a window display. Many thanks!
The following wool companies have donated wool to many of the different participants:

Coats Craft UK

Designer Yarns Ltd

Groves and Banks

Habico Ltd

Sirdar Spinning Ltd Cygnet Rowan

Big thank you to all!!