December 15, 2015
Stitchy Snippets: Woolly Christmas Tree
This winter an unusual Christmas tree was on display at the Crafts for Christmas Show in Birmingham, England. The tree measures in at 25 feet tall and is entirely knitted, making it the biggest woolly tree in the world. Along side the breathtaking tree stood a winter wonderland with a fairy tale gingerbread house, snowman and Santa.
Alison Murray started making the tree some years ago, enlisting support from some 1000 knitters to complete the project. The idea behind the project was 'to encourage people to take up the craft of knitting and show that knitting can be fun' says Alison. Knitters from four to one hundred years old took part, sending their knitted squares from different corners of the world. The tree weighs a colossal 0.87 tons and has recently returned from an exhibition in Bangkok.
'The Christmas tree has 5,633 rectangles sewn on to it and I am proud to say it has already raised £17,000 for Great Ormond St Hospital, London.' - Alison Murray
Hi, I'm Julia - an embroidery enthusiast based in Amsterdam with a lifelong passion for textiles. I like to mix things up by combining different techniques and mediums - my origami styled dress won the Hand & Lock embroidery prize. Join me on my exploration of embroidery with mixed media and fibre art.