Woollen Woods – Devon

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 04-05-2016


Have you heard of the Woollen Woodlands project? It is project in association with the Voluntary Arts and National Trust. This autumn there is going to be a magnificent array of yarny creations on display at Arlington Court in Devon. All of the items on display will be knitted, crocheted or felted. Woodland themed bits and bobs all made of one of our favourite things – yarn!


The creations to be displayed are all kindly donated by members of the public. As knitters and crocheters we all have plenty of yarn oddments dotted around our homes ready for this type of stash busting projects. The Woollen Woodland was extremely successful during the summer months of 2015 and encouraged lots of visitors to explore the area and follow a trail to find various creations along the way.

WoollenWoods at Arlington Owls (2)

Woollen Woodland organisers at Arlington Court are looking for new makes to add into their display for autumn. Natalie Savage, Visitor Services Manager for the National Trust at Arlington Court said, “All the creations from last year have been gently washed and stored over the winter, ready to begin the display in 2016. However, with this year’s exhibition taking place over September and October, we’re keen to have some more autumnal entries, such as acorns, fungi and dahlias.”

Woollen Wally Squirrel

In 2015 wolllen items were sent to Devon from all over the UK, the youngest contributor being seven years old and the oldest well in her nineties. Each crafter is asked to send in their name, age and town where they live with their creation, to show who has contributed and how far they’ve been sent. All items should be sent to ‘Woollen Woods, Arlington Court, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4LP’ by 1 August at the latest.

Find more information on the National Trust website and on the Voluntary Arts website.

We have gathered together a couple of patterns that fit the brief –


Knit a squirrel or hedgehog with this King Cole pattern.


Perhaps a crocheted Ollie Owl?

The latest craze for your pooch…..knitting!

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 01-04-2016


Sara has been busy recently, teaching her adorable dog, Poppy to knit. After reading about the latest craze for your pet pooch Sara couldn’t wait to teach her canine companion. She has really taken to the craft and enjoys settling down by Sara’s side of an evening practicing her new skills. Sara has said that she is already part way through knitting a snood to stay warm on chilly morning walks.


This photo was taken after she had dropped a stitch and lost a bit of patience!


Mr.Reindeer explores the Craft Barn

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 24-12-2014


Mr. Reindeer has been taking a tour around the Craft Barn over the past few days. Since early November he has enjoyed posing in our Christmas display, but felt it was time he stretched his legs and discovered the delights of the Craft Barn. To let everyone know what he’s been up to and share his findings with the world, we have been taking photographs each day. Up until now he has been sharing these photos on Instagram. For those of you who don’t follow us on Instagram, we thought it would be nice to write a blog post starring Mr. Reindeer. As you read this he is on his way back to the North Pole to help with preparations for the big day. Hopefully he will be back in the New Year. Here are some of the photos from his travels.

sirdar baby crofter dk

Recognising the stripes and colour of Sirdar Baby Crofter Dk.

Coats christmas fabric

What a good idea, decorating the wall with embroidery hoops of Coats Christmas fabric.

juniper moon farm herriot

Ah the luxurious alpaca yarn – Juniper Moon Farm Herriot.

noro yarn

Entranced by the rainbow shades of Noro yarn.

still by kim hargreaves

He fell in love with the ‘Dark’ sweater from Still by Kim Hargreaves book.

crochet christmas tree

Just admiring the Craft Barn Christmas tree, especially the crocheted angel.

Nel whatmore merry go round fabric

Mr Reindeer went for a lie down on the Merry Go Round Octagon quilt in the Nel Whatmore Merry Go Round fabric.

Find more photos of Mr.Reindeer on Instagram now, along with many other behind the scenes pics from Black Sheep Wools HQ. If you would like to knit your very own reindeer you will need a couple of balls of Sirdar Cotton Dk and Sirdar book Friends Forever 2.

Glitz, sparkle & dancing

Posted by Amy | Posted in Miscellaneous | Posted on 18-12-2014

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It’s the final of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and we are all getting very excited here at HQ. Every week there is a so much glitz and glamour to behold, not to mention impressive dance moves. We thought it would be nice to celebrate with our top ‘seven’ (or as Len Goodman would say, severrrrrrn) dance themed products. Take a look below and add a sprinkle of sparkle to your day with our strictly treats.

Let’s kick things off with the dazzling King Cole Cosmos

king cole cosmos

Could this be your favourite dance? A dancing cross stitch kit from Heritage by John Clayton – American Smooth


What glamourous dress would be without an elegant wrap? Knitted in the luxuriously soft Sublime Lace yarn the Heroine wrap will keep you warm.

sublime lace wrap

There’s lots of glitz in Louisa Harding Simonetta!

louisa harding simonetta

This looks like it could be a moody argentine tango, what do you think? Midnight Dance cross stitch kit by Dimensions.

midnight dance cross stitch

A lace skirt in Juniper Moon Farm Findley to whirl around while practicing your dance moves.

lace skirt

And finally a smattering of beads to add that finishing touch. Debbie Abrahams does the most exquisite selection.

debbie abrahams beads