Yesterday, it was the annual Pride of Reading Awards. This year as well as celebrating the unsung heroes of the town, they also celebrated Reading's Year of Culture. Earlier in the year a competition was run for local people to design a vase. The best four designs were turned in to centrepieces for the award tables. The entries were available to buy at the awards with the proceeds going to local arts charity, jelly. I didn't enter the competition, but made a vase in support of jelly along with other local artists.
I first heard of jelly two years ago when I visited Alexandra Vintage, a pop up vintage clothing boutique that was based in their studios. Alexandra mentioned their knit night group, the Outcasts, but it took me another year to brave turning up to their Festive Knit night. They haven't got rid of me since! The Outcasts are a friendly and welcoming bunch of knitters and through them I've learnt lots more about knitting and I've found out more about the workshops and events that jelly runs. Over the last year I have discovered what's hidden beneath Reading's streets, heard inspirational talks by Debbie Orr, Skein Queen and Rachel Atkinson, Daughter of a Shepherd and joined a mandala drawing class. I'm already booked on this year's Festive Knit Night and am looking forward to browsing the stalls of the talented makers at Make Reading.
So, back to the vase - of course I couldn't make something that didn't involve wool! I'm also slightly obsessed with the beautiful autumn leaves I see every day whilst walking my dog. So here it is, the development and the final piece. I used the same technique for the base colour as I did in my earlier blog from jar to vase, the leaves were crocheted and the deer was made from felt. I hope you like it!