Saturday, 24 May 2014

Chronic Creatives and the Woollen Woods

Hello.......... A few months ago I started telling you about a yarn bombing project I've been involved in.  As many of you know I suffer from a Chronic Illness which can be very isolating so, when I joined a facebook group called  Chronic Creatives, for people with Chronic Health problems who love to craft and create it was a bit of a lifeline, a place where I have made so many amazing friends. 

 At the beginning of the year the Canopy Arts project offered us, our very own tree to decorate in the Woollen Woods at Sizergh Castle,

This post is the tale of that tree.

  We all set to work making yarny goodness to decorate our tree with, the theme we decided on was Nature and all the makes are made from 100% wool and natural materials

I made some Granny Birds using Jacquie over at 'Bunny Mummy's super cute pattern.
You can read more about my Little Birds 'here'

and some Ladybirds, which you can read about 'here'

I also made some Roses to add to the groups collective project a Flower garland that you can read about 'here'

Here it is all put together by the lovely Amy and ready to go off to the Woods.

Doesn't it look beautiful hung in the tree, and how cute are the little Robins

As this was a group project it was exciting to see what everyone had come up with, when the tree was decorated, I just love this Very Hungry Caterpillar

The flower garland wraps around the trunk and up into the branches past the hand felted Chronic Creatives sign where some of my Ladybugs are also hanging out,

Here are some of favourites I loves these cute little tree frogs, it makes me smile just to look at them

Higher up the trunk are flowers and Acorns and the wonderful nest of Blue Tits created by the talented lady who organised us all and put together the flower garland.

High up in the branches there is a gorgeous hand felted ivy looking so ethereal

Here's the tree all decorated, it amazes me that a group of people who would never have know each other but for the Internet and facebook, have created this by making yarny decorations mostly from there sick Beds and Sofas. 

So you see, the Internets not all bad in fact to the disabled and housebound it's a true lifeline.

Here's our tree all dressed up in it's Spring green.

The Woollen Woods are all way up in Cumbria, to far for me to travel to visit them, so a big thank you goes to Amy's parents who visited the woods and kindly took some pictures so we could all see what our tree looks like.

You can read more about the other trees and the Woollen Woods on 'The Canopy Arts' facebook page.

Creations on the tree made by Jenny (flower garland), Germaine (Ivy) Belinda (Robins and Sign) Amy (Flower garland, Blue tit's nest) Sarah (Frogs and Catterpilla) Mary (flower garland) makes by many other too, including my (Ladybirds, Birds and Roses)

Have a lovely weekend joining in with Nicole's KCCO

I'm still reading and enjoying Frenchmans Creek
Happy Crafting 

Clare xx


  1. How wonderful! Definitely makes you smile!

  2. It looks fantastic! Love all the little details and I agree the little frogs are great.
    Marianne x

  3. This is an amazing tree, an amazing project, and created by amazing people! An incredible creative project, I'm so happy you played such a great part - I can't even choose a favourite part, it's all so fun and lovely! Chrissie x

  4. It looks amazing, some wonderful creations. The hungry caterpillar is delightful. You certainly do smile.

  5. I'm so grateful to Amy's parents for making the journey for us and taking photos of our tree... and of course to you Clare for writing about it! :) xxx

  6. I have been to Sizergh Castle and seen this(you can see it on my blog).It is wonderful and is what has inspired me to yarn bomb my garden.What a great idea.Schools were involved as well,I think.A real community effort.Well done Clare and everyone else who took part.

  7. Wow , this is a triumph Clare. I love the decorations you made and the whole tree. Well done to everybody involved.
    Jacquie x

  8. It all came together beautifully, Clare. I really enjoyed the garland with all the tiny flowers and bits all over. The frogs are cute too. Well done to all of you.

  9. It all looks wonderful Clare, you all did a great job, and this is a testament to the fact that doing even a little but as a group can have a big impact! The tree looks very pretty and I love how there are so many different elements, birds, leaves, flowers, frogs! Congratulations on a job really well done! xx

  10. The tree is a wonderful idea to bring awareness to those suffering from chronic illness. I love the decorations and how it all came together so nicely.

  11. I love the idea of creative people coming together to bring awareness and encourage healing. Crafting really is good for the soul! The tree looks wonderful. x

  12. Oh thank you, it's lovely to see the outcome of all those things that you have created for the project
    Tracey xxx

  13. Hello lovely and wow what an amazing job you guys did. It really does look fabulous and you should all be so proud for achieving this. I hope this is the beginning of many more yarn bombing to come for your group. I take you have been quite unwell of late and I am sending you much love. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help or if you just want to chat. Thanks also for the sweet card to say thank you for your birthday pressie, you are very welcome sweetie. Sending you much love and wishes to feel better soon. xoxo

  14. Hi Clare, I'm your newest follower, love your blog and all your amazing garlands!

  15. That tree is fantastic - so much amazingly detailed work. Looks wonderful - congratulations to all involved in it's creation.

  16. How wonderful! That just put a huge smile on my face. Both the colorful tree and your story. Be well. Stay creative!

  17. It's wonderful! What joyful yarn bombing

  18. I love Daphne Du Maurier! And your tree looks gorgeous! That garland is so lovely - I would love to make something similar for our Christmas tree.

  19. Hi Clare, I've nominated your blog for the Liebster Award , please pop on over to my blog posts and to see what it's all about :)