It's a Tree project underway outside TheNewDowse

Last updated 15:56 18/05/2010
Tash Barneveld

CRAFTY TREE: Tash Barneveld adds the first pieces to the 'It's a Tree' project outside TheNewDowse.

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The first harvest of leaves, flowers and birds have sprouted but there's still lots of room for people to add their contributions to the It's a Tree project at TheNewDowse.

While most trees around the city are shedding their leaves, the OutdoorKnit crew and friends have been busy this week turning two lamp posts in front of the gallery into colourful, crafty trees.

The community project is the work of OutdoorKnit, Knitsch Yarns and Craft 2.0.

On Wednesday OutdoorKnit's Tash Barneveld was busy adding the first 200 hand-stitched flowers, leaves, fruit and birds to the trees.

"The trunk is from wool left over from the Cuba Street Carnival. I dyed it ages ago ... I knew I'd find a use for it," she said.

The trees will stay up until the end of June with knitted delights added as people contribute them.

"The best material to use is acrylic as it can withstand the weather, so far we've had knitted, crocheted and felt creations," Ms Barneveld said. "I'll be popping back regularly to add to the installation as contributions comes in. The idea is for the last additions to be made on June 12, the official international World Wide Knit in Public Day and also the date of the next Craft 2.0."

Items can be posted or dropped off at TheNewDowse in Laings Rd or Knit World on High St. "I'm really excited about it. I can't wait to see what it looks like at the end."

Visitors to TheNewDowse reception will also be able to view Slip, a collaborative crochet and knit project created for the Christchurch Arts Festival last year.

* It's a Tree project at TheNewDowse until June 12. Contributions welcome, for more information and patterns see Knitters are invited to knitting sessions at TheNewDowse on May 23 and 30 from 1 to 3 pm.

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