Crathes Castle Yarn Bomb – Day 19 of #30DaysWild

Day 19 of #30DaysWild was my birthday! To celebrate we decided to go and check out the yarn bombing at Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire.

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For those of you who are reading this thinking ‘what is yarn bombing’ it is basically a way of decorating the environment with yarn or wool usually through knitting or crocheting. Think of it as graffiti, but temporary and it can easily be taken down. A few years ago the knitting group I used to be part of in Aberdeen went and yarn bombed parts of the city centre, but not quite to this scale.

The yarn bomb was organised by the people at The National Trust for Scotland at Crathes Castle last summer. The aim was to have a project in which the local community could get involved in. The finished works were submitted by lots of different groups and individuals. Church groups, Guide groups, Brownies and Rainbow groups, as well as numerous knitting groups got involved. The results were bright and so versatile. You can see the work below.

I love the combination of nature and art. Just look how the yarn transforms the landscape. Some pieces were more subtle than others like this blue and green piece on the younger tree.

The University I work at submitted a piece of work from the staff and student Knit and Natter group. I LOVE it! I wish I had got involved with it as it looks fantastic! I couldn’t resist getting my picture with it, and what a great piece of advertising. Looks like we could have the university’s youngest recruit from it. Even when on maternity leave I’m still keeping an eye on things haha!

I love the idea of the little woodland fairy door and the toadstools on the floor.

Absolutely stunning work produced by Hannah Halliday. I love the fact that all her imagery is wildlife related.

I love the contrasting colours and all the different squares

This design was so cool. Blink and you may even mistake the creations for the real life animals. I particularly liked the Woodpecker! Robin seemed mesmerised by the caterpillar.

I love the work by the Girl Guides and how they experimented with lots of different ways to yarn bomb.

This work by Pam Cole is beautiful and I love how she has mounted her work onto mesh. It looks as if the flowers are growing up the tree trunk. Just beautiful!

Not everyone covered a whole tree trunk, I quite like just seeing some flashes of colour on part of a tree too.

I LOVE a yarn bomb, and wish I had known about it as I would  have got involved. Maybe next time! What a fantastic temporary way of altering the landscape, working with nature and working with the community all at the same time.

Camilla-Erika and Robin Oleander x

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Sakthi says:

    How fantastic! I wish I’d known about it too! Although, to be honest, my knitting projects are waaaaaaaaaay behind at the moment…

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