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The garden was originally made by over 2000 volunteers, aged 2 – 99 years old, with a wide variety of abilities, including families, children, choirs and WI groups, and people with learning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
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
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
Sirdar Spinning Ltd Cygnet Rowan
Big thank you to all!!