Knit a creature for Attingham's Woollen Woods

Two knitted pumpkins on a pile of logs for a woollen exhibition

Can you cast on from the comfort of your own home and create some Halloween themed creatures for Attingham’s first ‘Woollen Woods’? Or drop in to Attingham and join us in crafting some larger than life willow and wool on Saturday 29 September?

We’re looking for volunteer knitters who’d like to use up the odds and ends from their wool collection to create some autumn and Halloween inspired woollen creatures and donate them to join a display that will take over a section of the Mile Walk for the autumn half-term (27 October – 4 November), and carry on into November.

Autumn themed knitted woodland creatures from the National Trust’s Arlington Court have travelled to Shropshire to make their home on a section of the Mile Walk for half-term, but we’re looking to add a few more Hallowe’en inspired items or wildlife to the display for example, bats, spiders, toadstools, fungi, or pumpkins.

Woollen Woods will take over the 'Wood Chip Path' just off the Mile Walk, near the bird hide and is a free trail. During October half-term creatures may also spread out around the Mile Walk.

Autumn and Halloween inspired knitted wildlife will feature in Atttingham's Woollen Woods.
Knitted hedgehog and toadstool in a tree, part of Attingham's Woollen Woods event.
Autumn and Halloween inspired knitted wildlife will feature in Atttingham's Woollen Woods.

Involve the whole family

We’re a ‘Woollen Woods Family Create Sessions’ where you can drop in and join us in helping to larger than life giant willow and wool spiders which will form the entrances to our Woollen Wood. We’ll provide all the resources, we’d love it if you’d come along and help us make them! We will be making pompoms, webs and weaving wool into our willow spider bodies created especially for this event by the WildCraftist.

The session will take place on Saturday 29  September from 10.30am to 1.30pm. There’s no charge to take part but standard admission charges will apply for non-members of the National Trust. Find out more the sessions here.


Take part from home

If you can’t come along to one of our sessions but would like to join in and donate a crafted item for the Woollen Woods why not have a go at home? Felt, sew, craft, knit or crochet a creature or item and drop it off at Visitor Reception or post it to us to be received by Saturday 20 October for it to be included.

Top tips and guide to making your creature/item

Please make your item or creature between 10cm - 50cm in size.

What materials to use: Creatures can be made from any waterproof materials but must have some wool (natural or synthetic) to be included. .  

Pale yellow and white acrylic yarns tend to go a bit patchy, so please limit their use.

No buttons or button-like decorations please – to protect the natural wildlife in the area who may be curious about the new residents.

Natural stuffing works best outdoors if you wish to use it.

We’re sorry but we are unable to return creations to their makers after the event.

If posting your item please send it to 'Woollen Woods, Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, SY4 4TP. Please also include the name and age of the crafter.