Nether Edge Yarnstormers are back!
at the 15 – 24th September 2017 Nether Edge Festival – Twitter @NEdgefestival
Ideas sheets 1 and 2
our theme this year is
Trees Are Our Friends: We love ’em and need ’em
Last year we made leaves, bunting, bats, mice, birds, etc., to decorate our trees for the Nether Edge Festival.
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This year we’re adding:
Hands and Arms to hug them!
Thanks Jo for the sample.
We welcome anyone and everyone in Nether Edge to get involved. All ages welcome. For what you can do, see below.
- Do it yourself:
Knit, crochet or sew a leaf, a creature, or a ‘tree hugger’. (Pattern and ideas sheet available in the collection baskets from Sunday 18th June.)
- Donate to a collection basket from Sunday 18th June (see below):
o Any odd gloves or old pair of gloves
o Leave here what you make for us to put up.
- Do it with others:
o In a group, make a display on the theme – and contact us for a space to put it up. (Permission for street trees will be needed.)
o Decorate your own front garden, and get your neighbours to join in. Let us know and we’ll put you on the walking trail map.
Group displays, decorated trees, and front gardens will go on a walking trail map for the Nether Edge Festival Week.
Collection Baskets from Sunday 18th June will be at:
- Post Office, 529 Abbeydale Rd
- Café #9, 9 Nether Edge Rd, S7 1RU
- Oxfam Shop, Nether Edge
- Pops Supermarket, 4 Sheldon Rd
- The Wool Baa, 83 Junction Rd
- Rileys & Co, Farrar Rd, S7 1BU
If you would like to know about last years Yarnstorming “A Tree It Seems Just Love to Give scroll down and enjoy browsing.
Please spend 5 minutes completing a survey to give feedback on the Yarnstorming activity here survey
Here’s Jill’s poem and Haiku written as part of the Yarnstorming
Lets Celebrate Our Street Trees
Let’s celebrate our street trees
Filters of exhausted air
leaves dulled grey by dust
roots choked by coke and beer cans
bark -scarred but valiant
Let’s celebrate our street trees
as they raise the green flag for spring’s getaway
sport a blaze of blowzy reds and yellows
to warn us of winter
play host to the dark flying things of night
and the hidden congress of fungi and algae
which lies at the heart of life for all
tempting us to climb up and upwards
into the flickering leaf-light
Let’s celebrate our street trees
sturdy Canutes against the tides
of tarmac and traffic
their leaves gently rustling
water into our dreams
Yes, let’s celebrate our street trees!
Nether Edge haiku
Brown ridged bark stubbled
Grey and orange lichen, white
Brackets of fungi
Hosts to the flying
things of night and day, bees
bats and butterflies
Trees flicker gently
Jerky old movies with their
Sound tracks of water
Sputnik flowered tree
strangler, ivy, poisonous
Above me the dance of
light and leaves, no stillness
except in my heart
Autumn flounces red
tatters, tossed by the wind, warn
of nakedness to come
Charcoal grey lines, etched
against an egg blue sky, glittered
by overnight frost
Sometimes you hear it
Before you see them, summer
sounds, lime trees buzzing
As part of the Nether Edge Festival Yarnstorming Sept 2016
Here’s a list of all the items contributed by the public (including Jill and Lyn) photos courtesy of Andrew Jeffrey and Jill Angood
450 – 500 Knitted, crocheted leaves variety size and colour
150 yards of handmade material bunting
4 mini crocheted and knitted leaves and flower buntings
17 metres fingerknitting
24 knitted squares
large, medium, small knitted owls
6 small mutli-coloured mice and 24 grey knitted mice (including three blind mice with their tails cut off)
1 knitted fox 1 metre long
2 crocheted bats
2 large crocheted birds and 1 knitted nest with three eggs
1 knitted woodpecker
1 knitted squirrel
6 knitted and crocheted butterflies
8 knitted/ crocheted flowers small
2 crocheted spiders webs and 2 knitted spiders
4 knitted worms
4 crocheted plums
2 knitted toadstools
8 crocheted bees small to large
1 knitted acorn
3 knitted pieces of lichen
A5 Flyers – 500 distributed through drop of points and appropriate locations e.g. local library and shops
A4 Yarnstorming walking maps 250 printed and distributed as above
Groups visited June – September 14th 2016
Forge Women’s Institute
Cocoa Wonderland knitting group Eccleshall Road
Crafty Friends Strip the Willow Abbeydale Road
Knitting Group Shirley House Psalter Lane
St Andrews Brownies Group, St Andrews Road
Groups contacted who responded June – September 14th 2016
St Oswalds knit and natter, crochet and chat group
Origin of leaves
Knitted, crochet leaves were posted from Norway, Stroud, Lauriestone, Leeds that we know of.
Donations from local businesses/ individuals
30% off wool bought at The Wool Baa for Yarnstorming activities
Coffee, tea, milk, sugar, fresh donuts and biscuits from The Dore Co-operative Food Store for families finger knitting workshop
Free use of vintage Victorian lampposts outside Café#9 for Four Seasons Yarnstorming installation by Lyn Carruthers
Held Yarnstorming baskets for 4 month Oxfam Nether Edge, POPs supermarket Sheldon Road, Café#9 Nether Edge Road, Nether Edge Post Office Abbeydale Road, Strip the Willow South View Road, The Wool Baa Hunters Bar
Design and development of Yarnstorming walking map Abi Goodman local artist/designer
Leaf bunting made and given to local shops for the Festival by facilitator
Oxfam, Wickwire, The Studio hairdressers, Zed’s, Makers on the Edge
A Tree. It Seems Just Loves To Give – James Carter Poem Tree
Yarnstorming walking map available at Oxfam Nether Edge shops, POPs supermarket Sheldon Road, Nether Edge Post Office Abbey Dale Road, Makers on the Edge 555 Abbeydale Road,Cafe#9 Nether Edge Road, The Wool Baa Hunters Bar.
Downloadable maps are available from a Nether Edge Festival facebook page.
At Nether Edge Festival 16-25th September 2016 help us, local artist Lyn Carruthers and poet Jill Angood, to celebrate the local trees we love.
Yarnstorming activities for knitters and non knitters.
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Give us your contact details and we’ll let you know about and keep you up to date with progress.
How to get involved
- Knit your own contribution to our activity such as leaves, lichen, fungus, birds, birds nexts, beetles, caterpillars, squirrels, foxes, badgers, owls, woodpeckers, rabbits, worms. There are free knitting patterns available on the internet. Here’s a start free knitting and crochet patterns . Please create your own knitting in response to the theme of celebrating trees. We’d welcome donations of any patterns you create to share with others.
- At local drop off/pick up points
- donate wool to activities
- collect patterns and knit a leaf to donate to our yarnstorming event. (Pattern is below.)
From the beginning of July the wool drop off, pattern collection points will be: Post Office Nether Edge Road, 529 Abbeydale Road, Oxfam Shop Nether Edge, Pops Supermarket 4 S
During the Festival in September
- Come and learn how to finger knit. It’s fun, easy and you will be part of making something to display locally. Wednesday 14th September 3.30 – 5.30pm Nether Edge Primary School Families learn fingerknitting. Fun, easy to make.
- Help us to put together and display our “creations” in public places. Friday 16th September 2-4pm Nether Edge Bowling Club assembling “creations” outdoors. Pick up a walking map at any of the drop off point mentioned above
More information on planned activities:
Free Activities for local people to take part in before and during the Nether Edge Festival. The activities will be co-ordinated and facilitated by Nether Edge artist Lyn Carruthers and supported by Sheffield poet Jill Angood. The theme will be the benefits/importance of having trees/green spaces in an urban environment for our health and wellbeing.
Before the festival from June to September:
- Opportunity to donate wool to activities at drop off points in Nether Edge
- Opportunity to pick up wool and a pattern from collection points in Nether Edge and knit a leaf/ leaves and contribute it/ them to activity 5 during the festival
- Opportunity for individuals and groups (including existing knitting groups) to knit a contribution to yarn bombing activity
During the festival:
- Facilitated finger knitting workshop for families ( children and adults) 2 hours in Nether Edge, venue to be decided
- A facilitated ‘Yarn bombing’ activity to take place during a specified time and place early on in the festival.
- Visitors to the festival and local residents can follow a map to view the finished products of workshop, leaf knitting and yarn bombing activity
Plan for activities with time scales:
June to September 2016
June Nether Edge Farmers Market Launch event and distribute flyers to visitors
After launch event visit/contact knitting groups in area to invite them to take part in activities
Liaise with Nether Edge Primary School re publicity for events and involvement of families
Book venues for finger knitting workshop and yarnbombing activity
Co-ordinate collection of wool and leaves at collection/drop off points
Continue to liaise with knitting groups who are interested in taking part in activities
Preparation for finger knitting workshop and yarn bombing activity
Create some yarnbombing items and start introducing them in to the area with tags advertising the events to come
September at Festival
Run finger knitting workshop for families (children only accompanied by parents or responsible adults)
Run yarn bombing activity
Create a poem or song as a response to the activities
Create and print yarn bombing trail to distribute during festival
Photograph work created