Wool week at Wakefield Library see the enchanted garden

Wakefield library hold an exhibition to celebrate the city's textile manufacturing heritage. 'Pictured: Alison Creasey with the knitted garden display.'w320a343
Wakefield library hold an exhibition to celebrate the city's textile manufacturing heritage. 'Pictured: Alison Creasey with the knitted garden display.'w320a343
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Escape the dreary autumn weather and explore an enchanted garden – made entirely from wool.

Knitters have stitched, purled and cabled everything in Wakefield Museum’s new exhibition, right down to the leaves on the tree and the cream inside the cake.

It has been created with the help from knitting groups Wool n Stuff and Cassandra Kilbride to celebrate National Wool Week.

The garden pays tribute to the city’s intertwined connection with wool manufacturing which dates back to the 19th century.

Back then, Wakefield prospered as a trading centre for raw materials, cloth and yarn. Mills were connected by an extensive network of canals and waterways.

In 1880 Tom and Henry Harrap set up Harrap Bros in Ossett, specialising in spun high quality woollen yarn.

A decade later they moved to Alverthorpe and the company was renamed Sirdar – a name synonymous with hand knitting yarns and patterns around the world.

Coun David Dagger, cabinet member for culture, said: “Wool Week is a great way to highlight and celebrate one of Wakefield’s most important industries. I encourage visitors to come along and be amazed by these skilful woolly creations.”

The exhibition, at Wakefield One on Burton Street, is open 9am–5pm. Entry is free.