Monday, 4 May 2015

Woollen woods

Hello, how are you? It's a long bank holiday weekend here in the UK so there's the added bonus of an extra day off - yay! I've just been sat outside with my first cup of tea of the day, enjoying the warm sunshine. It's one of my favourite things to do in the spring and summer, soaking up the quiet and the birdsong in those moments before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.

Well, I was planning to give you a different post today as there's still lots to tell you about from my two weeks off. However, I was watching the local news last night and there was a report about the Woollen Woods exhibition at Rufford Old Hall which we went to see last Sunday. So, I'm going to show you photos from that instead.

The exhibition is in support of the Campaign for Wool and the woods have been decorated with felted, knitted and crocheted fairies, flora and fauna. The owl above was my favourite and I also love the hedgehog you'll see below - after seeing the news report, it turns out they were made by the same lady. It was a wonderful time to be in the woods anyway as they were full of bluebells and spring flowers.

I hope you enjoyed that as much as we did. If you'd like to see it yourself, the exhibition is on until 30 August and will be added to over the months. However, even if you're not planning to be in Lancashire, there are other Woollen Woods exhibitions taking place around the country - Cumbria, Nottinghamshire, Devon, Isle of Arran and County Antrim, Northern Ireland - the website has links to the locations and there are links to some free patterns for the Rufford event here. I'll show you more photos of Rufford Old Hall and the gardens another time.

It's been a crafty weekend here in the Home Jules household. I've been madly stitching to complete my April journal quilt in time to show it at my quilt group on Wednesday. We're also having a charity night and I'm demonstrating my mug hugs again - four times! - so I need to make up some samples.

Later, we're going out to a restaurant as it's Chickpea's birthday tomorrow! Speaking of whom, she's just appeared so it's time to put on the kettle and make another brew. Have a lovely day wherever you are. xx


  1. Love the woollen woods and the bluebells too :-) happy birthday to Chickpea for tomorrow. xx

  2. Thats a great exhibition. So cute.Its great many of the exhibits are of actual wildlife that could be found in the wood.:)

  3. It looks wonderful Julie, would have had fun trying to spot all the Knitted animals, looks even more special with the Bluebells out...
    Amanda xx

  4. I found I was smiling all the way through your post - such lovely sweet work :)

  5. Oh wow, how special was that! Bit far from us, but I'd love to go xx

  6. Oh I love those, especially the one in the first photo! I might have to visit if I head to Lancashire anytime soon!

  7. Oh I would love to see this (if it weren't across the ocean from me) - such cleverness. And the flowers are amazing too.

  8. That is a sight that I'd love to see and my kids would too. I'd probably find it hard to get them home again.

  9. I really enjoyed your photos, and I checked the website link you supplied and found a participating park near my home, thanks for sharing. I'm tempted to copy some of this for my garden!
    Caz xx