Every second Saturday of the month, I have been spending my mornings working on crochet plants at the University of Cambridge University Botanic Gardens.
The project I am involved in is organised through my local women’s group, Cam City WI and the wonderful crochet teacher/designer Joanne Scrace of Not So Granny. We are working on a yarn installation of arid plants to be displayed in the glass houses as part of the University’s Festival of Ideas. The final exhibit of our work will be in October.
I thought I would share a few photos from our last session, as Spring was slowly arriving.
We are split into groups to work on different plants from the arid environments and were given photographs of our plants. Then we worked on creating a crochet pattern for our selected plant.
There is plenty of inspiration around the gardens and lots of flowers to brighten our visits.
Where possible we have chosen yarns in natural fibres such as cotton, bambo and linen.
I am working with Miss Chaelaboo on a 3D crochet plant with berries. We have direct input from a botanist at the gardens who explains the different stages of the plant (flowers, berries etc) and what we need to create to make our plants authentic looking.
The entire WI group are assisting with a larger part of the project to create a mat made from crochet lichen.
I think it’s going to look really interesting when complete. The project has progressed in such a relaxed way, that I have learnt so much without even realising. At the start in January, I knew I could only crochet with a pattern. Now, we have used free form crochet, written our own patterns and selected suitable yarns. As an utterly rubbish gardener, I’ve also learnt a little about plants!
It feels like a hugely creative project to be involved with and I’m looking forward to sharing the progress with you all!
There are a ton of free plant related patterns on Ravelry (you have to wade through all the crochet cacti first!), but you can see my favourites here.
One last thing, thanks to Anna who kindly nominated me for the versatile blogger award this week! Please check out her blog if you get a moment.