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20 February, 2020


Crafting the woods at Stretton Watermill


After the success of last year’s Woollen Woods at Stretton Watermill another exhibition is being planned for May this year.

In celebration of the Voluntary Arts ‘Get Creative Festival’ (17th – 25th March) visitors to the mill are being asked if they can crochet a ladybird, felt a rabbit or turn a toadstool.

Chehsire West and Chester Council’s Louise Gittins said: “We’d like to invite our creative residents to contribute a crafted ‘something’ on the theme of ‘Native Woodland Flora and Fauna’ for this fantastic site.

“All sorts of materials and techniques are welcome. This time we want to encourage a wider range of crafters to submit their creations to this fantastic event.

“Don’t forget all exhibits will be displayed outdoors so can’t be too fragile”.

Woodland creations should be brought, or posted, to Kate Harland at: Grosvenor Museum, 25-27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD by 4th May, adding a label / luggage tag to the piece with: name, address, email, phone number and what the piece is.

Please note – unfortunately it won’t be possible to return items.

Stretton Watermill is one of the country’s best preserved demonstration water powered corn mills. The current mill building was started in 1630 on the footings of an earlier mill.

In 1959, Stretton’s last miller retired and the mill lay derelict for over a decade before being restored as a working museum, which was opened to the public in 1977.

The watermill is open from spring to autumn each year welcoming thousands of visitors and school pupils.

Crafting the Woods will be on view from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 30th September.

Please check the website for opening times or call 01606 271641.

Crafters are encouraged to use materials that are of interest to them, eg: wood, textiles, found objects.

If you are planning on using wool, the Voluntary Arts’ Woollen Woods fact sheet states “100% wool or yarn with a high wool content works best when creating work to be displayed outside as it can withstand the elements.

“Pale yellows and white acrylic yarns tend to go a bit patchy so use these sparingly or on things that won’t be outside for too long.

“Loosely-felted creations get a bit wind-blown but fluffy densely-felted things will often improve as the cycles of wind and rain shrink the fibres even more.”