Woolly wonder in Norfolk’s Wayland villages of Breckles, Caston, Griston, Great Hockham, Thompson, and Stow Bedon
- Credit: Alan Porter
In the beginning was a world of wool, which blossomed into a creation story packed with life-size knitted animals for the second Blossom and Yarn Festival
The wonders of creation, made in wool, are the focus of a fabulous, fun and fabric-filled festival.
Flowers, fish, birds and mighty beasts of the jungle will fill pews and fonts, spill from lecterns and ledges, and decorate towers and tombs, in six village churches.
For the past year, the craftspeople of mid-Nofolk Wayland, plus friends and family from around the country, have been preparing for the Blossom and Yarn Festival.
From Friday, July 7 to Monday, July 10 the villages of Breckles, Caston, Griston, Great Hockham, Thompson, and Stow Bedon host a vibrant paradise of plants and animals.
Artistic director Lois Gill led a team of knitters, gardeners and florists who transformed the six churches into scenes celebrating the creation story. Each one has a different theme. Light is brought forth from darkness at Breckles; the land and sea are separated and plants grow at Griston. At Thompson the theme is the passing of time and the seasons; the creatures of the oceans and air will fill Holy Trinity, Great Hockham, and animals have flocked to St Botolph's, Stow Bedon. Finally, the Garden of Eden is recreated in Caston church, complete with a knitted, life-size Adam and Eve.
Penny Evans, of the Festival, said: 'Everything will be life sized - we haven't knitted a whole elephant, but there is an elephant head coming out of the jungle! You can marvel at the full sized stag and the sow suckling her baby piglets.
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'Knitted flowers will be teamed with the real thing to create settings for our knitted creations.'
The first (and probably world's first) Blossom and Yarn Festival, two years ago, was a huge success, raising money for the churches and entertaining more than 3,000 visitors who marvelled at life-sized knitted creations, which included a woolly Prince William and family.
The Blossom and Yarn Festival – Creation, Seven Days and Beyond, runs from Friday, July 7 to Monday, July 10, 10am-5pm. Tickets £8 on the door of any of the churches (under 16s free), valid at all the churches on any of the days.
Activities for children and homemade refreshments and stalls are part of the fun, and a special Songs of Praise service will be held at Griston Church on Sunday at 6.30pm.