Six Streets is an area of Derby not very far from the city centre. This year it celebrated it’s second Art Trail over the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd. Residents opened up their homes and local artists and makers were exhibiting their work. As part of the trail, trees on Wheeldon Avenue were decorated by individuals and local groups, the theme was the natural world . We at the Angel Eden Blog have been solely responsible for two of the trees and have also been involved with a number of the group efforts. Two of the trees have been decorated by local schools and each tree has a label to advise who has done the work.
I think there were twenty trees decorated in total and the road really did look good. The Art Trail was open for just the one weekend but the Yarn creations will stay up for a couple of weeks.
I have not included pictures of all the trees as they are far too many but here are just a selection.
Acorn Bank is a National Trust property very near to Penrith and the Lake District. Having read on the UK Hand Knitting website about a community project located there I was eager to visit. People had been asked to knit natural things to decorate the trees! Unfortunately there is not a lot to see in the house itself although there are hopes for some restoration work in the future.
Acorn Bank has lovely gardens and a working water mill that grinds flour. Unfortunately the day I visited was very wet so I didn’t spend too long looking around, instead venturing into the woods to find the knitted creatures and plants.
The bluebells were all out and as they are one of my favourite flowers I had to get a quick picture 🙂
Knitted pieces had been created by lots of different people, the name of the contributers could be found in a book inside the house. If I had more time I would have loved to have joined in, but we have our own Yarn Bombing project set to go up at the end of this month so needed to concentrate on that! Here are some pictures of the things we saw.
At first I wondered why there were playing cards hanging up but then I realised that this is an Alice in Wonderland Tree and from a previous post you will know how we love Alice in Wonderland!
After getting rather damp in the woodland we rushed into the cafe for tea and cake (any excuse!) and this I can thoroughly recommend. I had a truly delicious slice of gluten free almond cake.
We are helping to organise and promote a new Yarn Bomb in Derby as part of this years Six Streets Art Trail. Six Streets is a community group that exists to increase neighbourlyness and friendship. Information about Six Streets can be found on their website www.sixstreetsderby.org.uk.
Last year they had their first Art Trail where local people opened their homes to both local and visiting artists. The trail included painters, potters, jewellers, textile artists, printers, photographers and film makers. There was a history trail, children’s activities and pop up cafes. It was so successful that they are having another this year on the weekend of June 22nd – 23rd.
Brand new for this year though is a yarn bomb on the trees of one of Derby’s streets, Wheeldon Avenue. They are asking people to adopt one of the 19 trees and decorate it with a natural theme.I have knitted some leaves, flowers, caterpillars, butterflies and snails to put around this tree. I will probably try to hang one or two bees from the lower branches. Here are some more pictures.
One of the local residents Tina has a map of the trees and their measurements so she can advise on the size of work needed. She can be contacted at email@example.comA tree can be adopted by an individual or a group of knitters, crocheters etc. and your name will be added to your tree. We have some free knitting patterns on the news section of the Angel Eden website but people are free to use any patterns they like as long as it goes with the natural theme.
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