Crochet Plants With A Difference

Around a year ago, my WI group started a really interesting project to create a crochet plant exhibition for the Cambridge’s Festival of Ideas. I blogged about our progress back in May.

This weekend, G and I visited the exhibit and joined the rest of the group for a ‘meet the makers’ hour. Our crochet plants were displayed in the glass houses of the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens and were integrated with their real counterparts, making it like a spot the difference game.

We chose plants from an arid environment, but you wont see the popular crochet cactus here! We had advice from a botanist throughout the project and monthly sessions working on our plants.

I should warn you that this is a photo heavy post, but I really hope you all enjoy our unique creations.


Each plant had a hand embroidered sign for the latin name.


Believe it or not, this plant was largely crocheted by someone who had never held a hook before we started! Even the plant pot and soil were crocheted.


The flowers included delicate seed beads for the stamen.


One group decided to make a sea onion. It was well integrated into the existing plant life and had some hessian surface crochet.



We used as many natural resources as we could including cotton, linen and bamboo yarn.



My group’s plant was named Cissus Quadrangularis and intertwined with other trailing plants.


The Cissus Quadrangularis looked different each time we studied it, so we decided to make a number of trails of the plant, including it’s brown edges and grape like berries.

I think we managed a realistic interpretation! Here it is next to the real plant.


We created the four sided crochet plant by starting with a double crochet foundation chain and then made half treble stitches up and down the chain until it had four sides.


It affectionately became known as ‘sausage plant’.


The project was extended to all our WI members, who helped towards a lichen mat. The crochet lichen was placed within the rock garden and was almost difficult to spot!





Having the exhibit open in October meant we got to enjoy the autumnal beauty of the Botanic Gardens.



This tree was stunning!



The best part of the project was spending time with lovely ladies who were as passionate about crafting as I am. We are already dreaming of our next project which could involve crochet lemurs if our botany advisor has anything to do with it!

The project was featured in Issue 7 of Crafty MagazineΒ and a local news article. We are so proud of all our efforts and I think we have really brought something to the craft/art debate.

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! You can find all my other crochet related posts here.



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18 thoughts on “Crochet Plants With A Difference

  1. Truly beautiful art! I love the hide and seek element and the intertwining of natural and artificial. This is an incredible project and I must make sure to visit the exhibition!

  2. Claire! these are amazing. I would love to own one of these. I have a house full of succulents and cacti and the one problem is the spikes. A crochet version would be beyond amazing. I cannot crochet to save my life let alone a plant! Bravo.

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