St Abbs Village is set in a wonderful natural environment. With a Voluntary Marine Reserve to seaward and a National Nature Reserve to landward, there’s always lots going on and plenty of wildlife to spot all year round. However we can’t always get to see it all; some creatures are very elusive and not all of us can dive and swim like fish around the harbour rocks to view life under the sea.
The St Abbs Wool Festival and St Abbs Visitor Centre joined forces to celebrate the special wildlife of the area in a more accessible setting by re-creating it in wool! Local residents, visitors and wool enthusiasts everywhere created replicas of the varied flora and fauna seen in and around St Abbs – both on land, in the air and under the sea. The collected works formed a ‘Woolscape’.
The Woolscape Project was officially launched at the St Abbs Wool Festival on 1st March 2014 where knitted examples of local creatures were on show:
In April and August 2014 workshops were held at the Visitor Centre by local crochet and knitting expert Jennie Howes from SkyBluePink-Designs and felting expert Anna Turnball from Biteabout Arts. Here’s some pictures to show you how we got on and what was made!