Tuesday, 18 October 2011


The knitted garden is now in hibernation for the winter but will be on tour again in 2012!

Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset
2nd April - 24th April
Helpers needed to set up on Saurday 31st March and Sunday 1st April and take down Wed 25th April.


Bodelwyddan Castle Museum, North Wales

1st May - 8th July
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Bankfield Museum, Halifax, Yorkshire

21st July - 9th September

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Hello Ligthouse, Hello Poole

The Knitted garden is now at Lighthouse Poole until October 15th and is open to the public during the Lighthouse's normal opening hours.

Please note it has changed it's opening hours and now opens at 11 am


Help make the knitted garden grow…

The community of Poole has been invited to create a unique piece to add to the garden that will go on tour around the UK. We are going to make a life size greenhouse from white and green squares and knit contents for the greenhouse including tomatoes, runner beans, insects and plant pots. We are also looking for keen knitters who might want to make a wheelbarrow or lawn mower.

Three knitting workshop have been set up for this and will be held in Lighthouse’s cafĂ©/gallery

Tuesday 13 September 11 - 4

Tuesday 20 September 11- 4

Tuesday 4 October 11-4 - a final one to assemble the greenhouse

These workshops are free, drop in and will be hosted by the organiser of the knitted garden, artist Pauline Stanley who will help the design and creation of the greenhouse. Wool, knitting needles and patterns are provided for making the greenhouse and contents. Or just come along with your own knitting/crochet and just have a coffee and chat with us. Meet in the cafe.

We aim that these Tuesday session will become an autonomous regular social self help knitting group in Poole where people can come and knit, crochet, weave and spin their own work.

It will be called Purlesque.

A regular time for this will be discussed with knitters.

FAMILY WORKSHOPS - Learn how to make the knitted garden grow…

Three family knitting workshops have been set up to teach beginners knit, crochet, finger knitting and French knitting and will be held in the Lighthouse Gallery.

Saturday 17th September 2 – 4pm

Saturday 24th September 2 – 4pm

Saturday 1st October 2 – 4pm

These workshops are drop in and will be hosted by the organiser of the knitted garden, artist, Pauline Stanley who will help the design and creation of the greenhouse. Wool, knitting needles and patterns are provided.

Please note that all children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

There is a small charge of £2 per participant to cover materials.

Contact Ticket Office to book your place on 0844 406 8666

Places limited to 20.

Workshops held in the gallery space on ground floor.

Volunteeres wanted!

Experienced knitters and crocheters needed to help teach at these Saturday sessions please. Email pauline.stanley@tiscali.co.uk

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Goodbye to Bridport

The last day of the Blooming Marvellous exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August saw a stalwart group of knitters brave the windy afternoon to make a few last pieces for the Bridport Knitted Picnic.

The fabulous picnic will now become part of the exhibition - many thanks to everyone who contributed.

We've loved having the garden at Bridport Arts Centre and hope it continues to delight audiences around the country. A big thank you to Pauline and to all the volunteers who helped install and take down the exhibition.

All the best
from Bridport Arts Centre

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

An update from our knitted garden at the Bridport Arts Centre:

Since the exhibition opened we have had a blooming marvellous number of visitors: 1,973 to be precise!

A very popular feature of the exhibition is the ‘Knitting Story Tree’ where we encourage people to write their memories of knitting, with both witty and touching results.

Our knitted picnic is coming along nicely, to which we are encouraging the public to contribute, and so far includes some very appropriate summer bbq kebabs, an impressive artichoke, and a brilliant banana complete with zip! We even had one lady down on holiday who got involved in our Saturday knitting sessions, then sent her finished piece all the way from Bolton!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

News from Bridport Art Centre

Just a few more pics from Bridport.

They are getting lots of visitors and the knitting workshops are busy and going well. 300 visitors last saturday!

They are knitting a picnic which now have a crochet tea cup, saucer and milk jug, several sandwiches, some egg & chips and some cup cakes.

They are holding a knit-a-thon on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August and all are invited.

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Knitted Garden is now at Bridport Art Centre

Exhibition dates:
30 July - 29 August

Open Tuesdays - Saturdays
10am - 4pm

Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR


Open Knit: Every Saturday, 12-2pm. All welcome

Knit-a-thon: Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, 12-2pm

We have invited Bridport to knit a picnic with lots of yummy food and a knitted checked tablecloth with 6 inch red and white squares.
Please deliver all knitted picnic items to Bridport Art Centre.
They have wool, patterns and needles.
Please make work to scale and be aware that lots of small children visit the exhibition so please think a bit about health and safety issues - beads and pins etc.

We have added a knitting circle and children's play area which we hope people we use on a daily basis.

Open Knit: Every Saturday, 12-2pm. All welcome. with the Bridport Bag ladies who are well known for their knitting with carrier bags.

The grapevine has gone up in a new form - trellis loaned by Groves Garden Centre in Bridport and beautifully installed by Suzanne and Stuart.

Big thanks to Bridport for inviting us. We had such a great time installing the knitted garden - everyone was so friendly and helpful it made it very easy work.
Many thanks to Polly Gifford the Art Centre Manager for inviting us and to her team.
We had 4 amazing volunteers helping us install -so BIG thanks to Kate, Viv, Hannah and Suzanne.

More photos to follow next week.

I am looking for a CD of birdsong as think it would be great to have it playing in the gallery - anyone in Bridport got one we can borrow?

There is a great 3 page article in August's The Dorset Magazine, price 2.75 from Smiths

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Garden comes to Bridport Arts Centre

Exhibition dates:
30 July - 29 August

Open Tuesdays - Saturdays, 10am - 4pm

Preview: Friday 29 July, 6-8pm

Open Knit: Every Saturday, 12-2pm. All welcome

Knit-a-thon: Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, 12-2pm

There's a lot of excitement at Bridport Arts Centre about the knitted garden arriving here next week. The Blooming Marvellous exhibition is going to take over the building - filling the Allsop Gallery, the foyer gallery and the cafe! Lots of people are talking about it around the town, including the Bridport Bag Ladies who contributed to the garden and who will be one of the groups helping to show people how to knit and crochet in the gallery on Saturdays. Drop in any time between 12-2pm, there will be a range of patterns available and somebody there to help you.

On the last day of the exhibition - Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, 12-2pm - bring your needles and join in the fun as we attempt to fill the forecourt with as may knitters as possible. Wool will be available, and some spare needles if you don't have any.

We hope to see you over the summer.

Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR

A Suggestion from Pauline

It would be good if we can develop a good size knitted picnic area while the garden is at Bridport so we would need knitted food (cakes, sandwiches, sausage rolls etc.) plates, cups, bottles of drink, BBQ, a large knitted picnic blanket. I have ordered a couple of books with knitted food patterns for everyone to use which will be left at Bridport Art Centre and patterns can be photocopied

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Summer of Love - our lion for the Pride in Bournemouth

Quick note - Blooming Marvellous exhibtion is in Lighthouse, Poole brochure and their website on

We had lots of single flowers left over from the knitted garden which we had put to one side to decorate our lion for Bournemouth's Pride of Lions.


Here is is finished and looking rather magnificent!

He looks like a hippy so with colourful dreadlocks so we called him Summer of Love after the 1967 summer of love.

Inge, Lynne and Karen busy working out the design.
Assisted by Pauline Stanley and Khari Samuels aged 11.

We didn't have a plan when we started him but once the mane was in place he definitely took on a very hippy quality.

We gave him 3 base coats of green.

Monday, 6 June 2011

We have moved to Kinson Library

Just got the visitor numbers to the exhibition - 30,300 people have seen the knitted garden at Bournemouth Library!!!

Very sadly we took the work down from Bournemouth Library and it is now installed at Kinson Hub in their two beautiful exhibition windows. The Kinson Hub library is too small for us to do a major installation of it there so some of the garden is in other libraries in the borough.

It will be on show from June 9th to July 2nd.
Kinson Hub
Wimborne Rd
BH11 9AW
Tel 01202 452788

Mon - 10 - 7
Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30 - 7
Wed 9.30 -5
Sat 10 - 4

Disabled access and parking

And a little more publicity...

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Public Engagement!!

Someone has yarn bombed us!
We found a knitted dog poo that someone has added to the garden! It looks quite real.

Someone else (or maybe the same person) has repositioned the knitted clown with a bottle of bubbly and now he looks very drunk.

We have been asking people to write down their knitting stories and they are really interesting and often very funny. Lots of the stories are by men.

We have been running free knitting and crochet workshops on Saturdays from 1.30 - 3.30 and they have been a big success with 60 people last week.

We give them free needles and wool they can take away.

We have been teaching the children finger knitting, french knitting, knitting and crochet.

Friday, 20 May 2011

The knitted garden is on TV

The knitted garden has been on TV 4 times already today on BBC1 on the Southern News Bulletin at 6.25, 6.55, 7.55 and 8.25. Only a 6 sec piece but good coverage/images and good information about numbers involved, venue, how long it is still on for.

Congratulations to all participants!!

BIG thanks to to the library and Arts Development Team for all their continuing support!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

BBC filmed us today

The BBC came down and filmed the garden today and it should have been shown on South Today between 6.30 - 7.00.

I was stewarding at the library so couldn't see it so just waiting for BBC to upload it to I Player.

Details from the Woodland Garden made by Boscombe Resource Centre

"Woodland Walk has taken over the Boscombe Resource centre for the last few months as it has grown from a small ideas into an elaborate pathway.

Adults working on the project have a range of abilities and the sharing of skills has brought people together to create this artwork".

Woodland walk

Oakmead College West Howe Oak tree
year 11 students currently do a B.Tech in Textiles created this wonderful tree using a wide range of processes and materials including recycling jumpers, weaving, french knitting, finger knitting, batik, needle felting. knotting, plaiting....

I did request carrots but didn't expect this many!

Rockery by Carbery Machine Knitting Club, Christchurch

It was founded on the 3rd of March 1981 making it 30 years old in March. The first meeting was held at the home of one the members in Carbery Avenue, Southbourne, Bournemouth. As member numbers increased the club moved to Community Halls in the Christchurch area.

By the late 1980s and early 1990s numbers were at the highest between 55 and 65 members. At the present time we have 17 members, one of whom is one from the original 1981 group.

Meetings are held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings 7pm to 9pm

At St George’s Church Hall Annex, Jumpers Road, Christchurch.

New members would be very welcome

Details from Rose Arch lent by B&Q and roses knitted by Stitch and Bitch group at All Fired Up Cafe, The Square, Bournemouth every Thursday night from 8pm.

Picnic area from Weymouth groups who go under the umbrella title of Let's Make It who are also making make to create a knitted float for Weymouth carnival in August. Their knitted garden items will be part of their float.