The Woollen Woods is an enchanting outdoor art installation, created as part of Eden Arts’ CANOPY project. The exhibit features hundreds of woodland themed woollen artworks; all made using 100% wool, in support of ‘The Campaign for Wool’. In 2013 the public were invited to make artworks for the first installation at National Trust property Acorn Bank. Hundreds of artworks were created by artists, schools, groups and individuals from throughout the UK and beyond.

After the success of the first exhibition we are now inviting people to make artworks for a 2014 Woollen Woods installation at National Trust property Sizergh. The exhibition will be open from 12th April – 1st September 2014 and the deadline for artwork submissions is 4th April 2014.

There are lots of artwork ideas and patterns below, from felted squirrels, knitted birds to crochet leaves! A special tree inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film ‘The Birds’ is also being planned and we are encouraging people to make crows and ravens for it. If you would like to contribute you can download the knitted crow pattern below or use an alternative design or technique.

To get involved simply read our artwork guidelines and send your artwork along with a completed entry form to: Canopy Project, Eden Arts, 1 Sandgate, Penrith, Cumbria, UK, CA11 7TP. Contact / 01768 899444 if you have any queries.

Why not come along to our Woollen Woods workshop at Sizergh on 5th April from 1-4pm and help make felt artworks for the exhibition. Materials will be provided and activity is suitable for all skill levels – drop in and get involved!

We are encouraging participants to re-use and recycle materials to make Woollen Woods artworks, so why not dig out your old woolly jumpers, socks and scarves! If you don’t have any suitable materials why not try your local charity shops. There are a number of fantastic retailers who stock pure wool materials, our recommended shops are:

Shetland Wool Brokers
Blacker Yarns
The Wool Room
The Real Shetland Company
Blooming Felt
The Wool Clip
Truly Twister Yarns
Gillian Gladrag