Yarn bombing & the story to inspire it…
Early on in our St Thomas project we spoke with Gerald Sclater, whose Grandfather used to own Pinces Gardens, and who has a long history of growing beautiful things in St Thomas.
Pinces Gardens, first known as ‘William Lucombe’s’, was the first established nursery in Exeter and is where the Lucombe Oak was discovered. In the 1820’s the gardens became known as ‘Lucombe, Pince & Co’ growing cinerarias, calceolarias, and later renowned for its glasshouses bursting with orchids and gardenias. In the 1880s, the wisteria was one of the main features of the nursery … a stunning sight still today!
So, inspired by exquisite flora that has been growing in St Thomas for hundreds of years, Wool on The Exe had the idea of knitting/crocheting flowers that will dress the streets of St Thomas. We want St Thomas to be bursting full of colour with the hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of hand-knitted creations, transforming the outside spaces over the period of the Festival of St Thomas Stories. And this is where you come in! We’d love to invite you to make these flowers yourselves (as many or as few as you can manage).
What will happen to the flowers?
After the festival, the flowers you crafted will be curated together on a ‘wall’ that will be donated to Age UK for their use and enjoyment.