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Knitting group at Shipley Art Gallery put their needles to work for long-running exhibition

Blooming Marvellous features the work of more than 3,500 knitters who have created a fully wooly garden

A magical, life-sized knitted garden has bedded itself nicely into the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.

The wooly - in the nicest sense of the word - exhibition, Blooming Marvellous features the work of over 3,500 knitters and crocheters. People from the age of two to 99 created elements of the garden, complete with crocheted flora and fauna, garden gnomes and small creatures.

Led by participatory visual artist Pauline Stanley and inspired by the plasticine garden at Chelsea Flower Show in 2009, the exhibition was originally created in 2011. Her aim was to create an intergenerational event for all abilities to take part in, whilst exploring knitting as an art form.

Helen White, head of museums Gateshead, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums said: “The Shipley Art Gallery is the leading gallery for craft and design in the North East it therefore seems fitting to host such a craft led exhibition. Everything you see from plants to flowers, animals to garden gnomes has been knitted.”

The exhibition has toured all over the UK, all the time growing at each venue as new knitted items are added to it.

The Shipley Art Gallery has a new Knitted Gardeners group who will meet every Wednesday from now until June 3 to make further knitted items to be added to the exhibition. This informal group is suitable for all levels of experience.

It is free to join but places must be booked: contact Donna Utterson on 07887 821 462 or email DUtterson@wea.org.uk

Blooming Marvellous runs until September 5 at Shipley Art Gallery. Admission is free. For more details visit www.shipleyartgallery.org.uk

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