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.

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

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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.

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The flowers included delicate seed beads for the stamen.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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It affectionately became known as ‘sausage plant’.

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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!

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

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This tree was stunning!

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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 Magazine 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.

Toodles!

Claire

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