Wool House

Would you like to join me on a visit to the Wool House exhibition at Somerset House in London?


Lots of pictures (!) : I wanted to try and capture the true flavour of the exhibition for you : enjoy 🙂

As you may already know, the Campaign for Wool launched the Wool House exhibition as the world’s biggest ever celebration of Wool, exploring interiors, crafts, fashion and all aspects of this wonderful natural fibre.  Wool House offered a window on the way in which wool can inhabit a space, with leading interior designers demonstrating use of wool fibre within their work across individual rooms.  You can find out more about the exhibition and the Campaign on the Campaign for Wool website.

Come and take a peak inside…

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A dramatic black and white themed entrance hall greeted us including a life sized crochet bear created by Shauna Richardson.  Aren’t Shauna’s crochetdermy skills amazing!?

Look at this beautiful Hummingbird Wallhanging designed by Alexander McQueen:

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The corridor linking each themed room contained this stunning 100 foot wool runner designed by Cristian Zuzunaga:

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This Modern Room was created by Anne Kyyro-Quinn:


In contrast, the Natural Room was created by Josephine Ryan:

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Every home needs a wool corner like this one, a cosy nook with a feature chair, maybe a table for books and some favourite things to make it a bit special…


Look at those gorgeous vintage welsh wool blankets…..


I completely fell in love with the Nursery designed by Donna Wilson:

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Look at these amazing Wall Hangings by Claudy Jongstra:

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Welcome to the Craft Room : a place to meet and enjoy workshops being run by Rowan Yarns, the Sublime design studio and Debbie Bliss, and watch spinning demonstrations.


When we arrived, great fun was to be had with both young and old enjoying the chance to learn to knit and crochet.  We were thrilled to be able to have a go at hand spinning yarn on a drop spindle:

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We admired the many beautiful yarns on display and mood boards created by the designers:

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This stunning granny squares throw made from Rowan Purelife Renew, designed by Marie Wallin and featured in Rowan’s Purelife Home brochure inspired my daughter to start a little crochet project on the train home (more about this later..)


You can read more about the Rowan Purelife British sheep breeds yarn range and accompanying brochures here.

I instantly recognised examples of Anna Wilkinson’s work; have you read her book Learn to Knit, Love to Knit?

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The weaving room:

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We just managed to fit in a brief visit to Liberty of London before our train journey home….

Haberdashery delights – Liberty Tana Lawn:

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And swooning over Rowan Yarns of course! :

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Finally, a walk through snowy London and some knitting (for me) and crochet time (for Miss E) on the train journey home:


Check out the fabulous Edmund the Easter Bunny pattern available for free on the Rowan website: a very portable little one ball knitting project just right for train journeys as were the Granny Squares crocheted by Miss E in Rowan Pure Wool DK.

Are you feeling inspired to bring wool into your life and home?

 As an ambassador for Rowan Yarns I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for yarn, knitting and crochet with you. I’d love to hear from you via my blog or my Knitandpurlgarden Facebook page  – I hope to hear from you soon!


26 thoughts on “Wool House

  1. catseatdogs Makes and Bakes

    Loved the photos, and I wish I could see it all in person. Thanks for the tour! I am so inspired to knit and crochet (when I have found an easy peasy project to teach me!). I think Rowan have chosen a wonderful ambassador!

  2. tamsyng

    What an amazing day out, your photo’s make it feel like we walked around with you 🙂 So nice that you can share days like that with your daughter to.

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Yes its handy having a yarn obsessed daughter too (!) : the trip has provided a great project for her school Easter holidays homework! We’re keen to visit London again and visit the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles museum….. 🙂

      1. tamsyng

        I would love to go and see that, hopefully I will get time. I am going to a Kaffe Fassett lecture at Toft Alpaca in the summer which I’m really looking forward to 🙂 Nice to combine crafting with homework I think 😉

  3. epicyarns

    What a lovely set of photos, you really helped bring the exhibition to life for me. I wish I could have gone! Congratulations on becoming a Rowan Ambassador as well by the way. xxx

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  7. eskimo*rose

    I’ve heard lots bout this, it looks fantastic, I’m not sure I’ll be able to drag my family up to see it though, i need to hunt out a friend who would like to go …
    Em x

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Sadly the exhibition has closed now but we’re hoping to pop up to London again to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the London Fashion & Textile Museum soon ~ perhaps that might interest you too? Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I popped over to yours and I love it! : I have been searching out crochet collar patterns for a while now so was very excited to see your recent blog post! 🙂

  8. modflowers

    I almost went to this on the day I visited the Selvedge Spring Fair, but in the end it would have been too much of a rush and I stuck to exploring the fair and the Kings Road. Looks like I missed a treat, but at least I can see it vicariously – thank you!

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Thank you! I would have liked to have gone to the Selvedge Spring Fair too ~ I enjoyed looking at the photos on your blog post! We were thinking of trying to squeeze in a visit to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the London Fashion & Textile museum but I think it would have been too much in one day & total inspiration overload! 😉 plus my phone was running out of battery power due to taking so many photos!! Hoping to make it soon though!

      1. modflowers

        Ooh, yes, I’d have liked to go to Kaffe Fassett too! I still have a couple of jumpers that my mum knitted me in the 80s and 90s from his patterns!

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  11. kate0795

    I’m not sure where to begin other than wow! The colours, the patterns, the wool, the liberty fabric!! What a fantastic post filled with colour and excitement. I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m looking forward to reading it. Can I just say that Miss E’s crochet granny squares are beautiful…I love the colour combination she’s chosen…very grown up, very stylish, very different….not sure how old she is (I have a Miss E of my own!) but you must be very proud of her. I am extremely new to blogging and if you fancy it and have a moment, I’d love to see what you think of mine x

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