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Almost Shaun the Sheep

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Shaun the Sheep plays it cool.

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Paula and I hand stitch the knitting onto the lamppost

Shaun the Sheep – the popular cartoon character from Aardman Studios, Bristol’s world famous animation company is being celebrated with a series of decorated sheep statues being deposited in a trail throughout Bristol (and London). The local high street community, including Heart Space Studios, has sponsored a sheep sculpture and he arrives in the first week of July….meanwhile Heart Space have decided to welcome him with a knitted yarn bombed lamppost and bunting.


Paula New stands beside her creation – the knitted sheep lamppost


We recycled an old length of knitted bunting by giving it a really good wash and then Paula made lots of crocheted flowers which I stitched into place to liven it up; we are really pleased with our efforts and all our neighbours are delighted to see our new bunting, they keep photographing it…..the local children come and hug the lower area of the lamppost and we made this particular design as all proceeds for Shawn go to the Bristol Children’s Hospital


recycled knitted bunting

So to add to the funds we once again, by popular request, ran a children’s workshop this time to decorate bags….Paula also helped out with this – I kept well out of the way, just occasionally took the photographs….it looked very  lively in the main studio..


patterns, fabric, felts, buttons and beads all ready to for the children to decorate the sheep bags

we had provided sheep patterns for the sheep, prepared fabrics with bondaweb, found buttons beads, eyes and all kinds of stuff to play with.


all sorts of stuff neatly laid out for decorating

as soon as the children – boys and girls – arrived they started to trace around our specially drawn templates, and using special fibre pens coloured,

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stitched and appliqued…..stitch1 Mothers helped as well – with the pressing,

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everyone joins in the making session.

we also had boys making their own characterful versions of sheep …..

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get those blue eyes!!!!

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now that’s what I call a pig ready for a party!

choices, choices choices….the children’s imagination knew no bounds when it came to decorating the simple drawn outline.













after refreshments – provided by Ilaria and her mother, who was visiting from Italy,


the table full of wonderful hand made cakes and biscuits from Ilaria and her mother..

the bags were finished finished

and everyone had to be photographed as they left the studios.

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we had lots of happy people leaving with their own very personalised bags….


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and we raised money for the charity as well.fin2