Crochet Plants at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens

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.

Botanic Garden Cambridge

Cambridge Botanic Garden

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.

Crochet Plant

Crochet Plants

KnitnRun4Sanity and Crafty Glitten are working on a sea onion!

Crochet Sea Onion

There is plenty of inspiration around the gardens and lots of flowers to brighten our visits.

Flowers at Cambridge Botanic Garden

Where possible we have chosen yarns in natural fibres such as cotton, bambo and linen.

Umbrella Yarn Winder

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.

Yarn for Plants

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.

Claire

10 thoughts on “Crochet Plants at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens

  1. What a lovely project to be part of! When I read posts like this I’m reminded how lovely it would be to join a group! You’ve motivated me this morning :)) Looking forward to seeing the results. Em xx

  2. It really is an exciting project to be a part of, I can’t wait to see our finished plant on display. Thanks for the mention too πŸ™‚

  3. This project looks awesome. So many lovely yarns, too. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the results! It’s fantastic that you get to work with a plant expert to get it looking right, too.

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