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Twice the festive fun at the Framework Knitters Museum


Join us for our Christmas events on 3 and 10 December

The Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting two Christmas events this year – each with their own little twist. On Saturday 3 December visitors can create a unique take on a Christmas stocking using historic hand-knitting machines, and on Saturday 10 December the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas experience will take place.

Paul Baker, museum manager, said, “We absolutely love Christmas at the Framework Knitters Museum. For us it is all about family, fun and festivity. The museum provides the perfect place to provide an intimate festive atmosphere for events, but of course we have to do things a bit differently!”

The first event, on Saturday 3 December, is the perfect way to start your family Christmas celebrations. Using the hand-powered knitting machines children will be able to knit their own tube of material which, with the help of the museum volunteers, will be sewn at one end. The children will then be able to personalise their stocking with festive sparkle.

The opportunity to create one of the unusual stockings will be available in the Chapel between 12 pm and 6 pm, and will cost £5 per stocking. Normal admissions prices for the museum apply which, along with the tea room and shop, will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Please note that the Chapel Art Gallery will be closed to the general public during this event.

The event is part of a larger programme of activities planned for the Ruddington Christmas Fayre, which will take place across the village from 12 pm to 5 pm and culminate with the Christmas lights being switched on at St Peter’s Church. 


Carol singers at the museum’s Victorian Christmas event

The following Saturday (10 December) is the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas event. Step back in time and enjoy the Victorian surroundings as they are brought to life with traditional music, food and activities. There will be roast chestnuts and crumpets toasted on an open fire to enjoy, while you listen to Christmas carols and music from a traditional barrel organ. Children can even visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a special Christmas gift. After dark the museum site will be lit by lantern light to add to the magical atmosphere.

This popular event will take place from 10 am to 5 pm and is free to attend. If you wish to visit Father Christmas  there is a charge of £6 per child and it must be booked in advance by calling 0115 984 6914.

During both events The Textile Emporium, the museum’s shop, will be open selling a wide variety of unusual gift items made by local makers so you can find the perfect Christmas gift with a difference.

Museum Set for Special 45th Anniversary Garden Party

Garden PartyThe Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington is busy preparing for our fifth annual August Bank Holiday Garden Party – which this year marks an extra special occasion, as 2016 commemorates the 45th anniversary of the museum’s birth in 1971. The popular family event, which takes place on Monday 29 August from 11am to 4pm, includes live music from local artists, craft stalls and full access to the museum and Chapel Art gallery.

Visitors can relax in the museum’s beautiful garden surrounded by knitted flowers, insects and garden furniture. Homemade cakes and traditional refreshments will be available to enjoy, while listening to the varied musical acts, which include the popular return of the King Ned Ludd jazz band. 

On top of these entertainments, the museum will also be launching a very special beer at the Garden Party, created by corporate partner Nottingham Brewery in honour of the 45th anniversary celebrations. Dubbed ‘Frame Breaker’, the beer will be available for visitors to sample at the Garden Party and will also be on sale at the brewery’s three pubs, with 20p per pint donated to the museum.

The Garden Party at the Framework Knitters Museum (1)Paul Baker, museum manager, said “The Garden Party is one of the highlights of the year for the museum staff and volunteers, as well as the customers. The garden has already been transformed into a wonderland with knitted flowers and insects, and relaxing there listening to some great live music is the perfect way to spend the day.”

The event also offers visitors the opportunity to have-a-go on the circular knitting machines, see local craftspeople in action and buy locally-made textile gifts from the museum’s unique Textile Emporium. Further details of performers will be advertised on our Facebook and Twitter pages nearer the time.

For more information, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or office@frameworkknittersmuseum.org.uk.

New Summer Exhibition at the Chapel Art Gallery

'8.05 to St Pancras' by Steve Brazier

‘8.05 to St Pancras’ by Steve Brazier

The exhibition in the new art gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum will open on Saturday 30 July, as part of our summer holiday activities. Building on the success of The Chapel Gallery’s inaugural exhibition, the new exhibition will feature work by three more popular local artists: Steve Brazier, Helen Kerry and Julian Pinnick.

Nigel Boughton-Smith from the Nottingham Society of Artists, said, “The feedback we received about the first exhibition has been extremely positive. Nottinghamshire has some amazingly talented people and it’s extremely rewarding to get them in the public eye. We’re really looking forward to presenting the work of the next artists now.”

''Tunisian Market in the Square' by Helen Kerry

”Tunisian Market in the Square’ by Helen Kerry

The Chapel Gallery is a partnership project between the Framework Knitters Museum and the Nottingham Society of Artists. Regular exhibitions throughout the year will showcase some of the best artists in Nottinghamshire, and will be supplemented by a varied event programme, including an acoustic music session during our annual Garden Party on August Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.

Paul Baker, museum manager, said “We’re incredibly pleased with the reception of the new gallery and its first exhibition. It’s fantastic being able to add another aspect to our customers’ visit, without it costing them anything extra”.

''Maskarde' by Julian Pinnick (small)

”Maskarde’ by Julian Pinnick (small)

The Chapel Gallery is open Friday to Saturday, 11am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Entrance to the gallery is free, whilst normal admission fees apply to the museum. The museum shop and café is open to all visitors, as well as the general public, to purchase refreshments and souvenirs as usual.

If you’d like to know more about the Chapel Gallery project, please contact the museum on 0115 984 6914. Further details of the exhibition and event programme will soon be available on our website, so watch this space! For information on the NSA, please visit www.nottinghamartists.org.uk.

Information on the Artists Featuring in the Chapel Gallery Summer Exhibition

Steve Brazier
Steve was born in Wolverhampton, and moved to Nottingham after studying geography at University College London, to gain his town planning qualification at Nottingham College of Art. He returned to Nottingham later in his career and work for Nottingham City Council for 24 years; retiring as the Assistant Director of Planning in 1998.

He became visually impaired at the age of 36 and was registered blind in 1998. Steve began painting at 61 years of age, relishing a new challenge. Since then he has had his work exhibited in a soleus exhibition at the Nottingham Society of Artists, as well as having work displayed in 6 of the last 7 Nottingham University Summer Exhibitions, at the Bromley House Library and the Lace Market Theatre.

Helen Kerry
Helen is a local artist who lives and works in Nottingham. She mainly paints with oils and finds most of her subjects in the locality around Nottingham. Inspired by the play of light in scenes she sees, or a fleeting moment, she tries to capture a sense of atmosphere in her work.

She has been reviewed in the Leisure Painter Magazine, and had her work exhibited in the Djanogly Summer Exhibition, Patchings Arts Festival, the Fletcher Gate Gallery, and Sherwood Art Week, among other locations.

Julian Pinnick
Julian was born and resides in Nottingham. He is currently studying as a mature student for a degree in fine art at the De Montfort University in Leicester. He primarily works in oil paint and describes himself as a “contemporary figurative artist”. His inspiration comes from the urban landscapes and the faces he sees in the city streets. He often includes street art in his work, and it sometimes inspires entire pieces.

His work has been exhibited in the Mall Galleries in London, Curve in Leicester, De Montfort University in Leicester and St. Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham.

Knitted Garden Blooms for Charity Open Garden Event

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters Museum  The enchanting knitted garden will return to the Framework Knitters Museum this summer, and is set to be bigger, better and even more unusual than before. Launching as part of the new Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event on 25 and 26 June, the knitted garden will then be available to explore all summer.

Paul Baker, Museum Manager, explained that “Our ‘secret’ knitted garden can be found in the museum’s picturesque courtyard garden, where woollen flowers and woollen bugs intersperse with the natural flora and fauna.” He added, “This year there is also going to be a knitted shed and a knitted deck chair to enhance the visual experience.”

Members of the public are invited to create knitted or crocheted flowers and insects, which they can donate to the museum to be included in the unique exhibition. They can be posted to the museum, or dropped in to the reception during the museum’s opening hours.

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters MuseumThe Framework Knitters Museum’s knitted garden will be one of over ten gardens open to the public during the Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event. The others include private gardens of residential dwellings, the Harewood Gardens allotments and the gardens at St. Peter’s School, as well as entertainment and refreshments at the Ruddington Methodist Church and church hall.

Refreshments, various stalls and entertainment will be available in some of the gardens; including music, face painting, and a children’s treasure hunt. In addition, the new art gallery at the Framework Knitters Museum, the Chapel Gallery, will be turned into a tea room during the event. A selection of refreshments and cakes will be for sale, as well as a selection of homemade savoury snack items provided by the museum’s partners, The Frame Breakers public house.

Part of the Knitted Garden at the Framework Knitters MuseumAccess to the knitted garden is included in the admission price for the museum, and a 50% discount is available to those who have an Open Garden booklet during the event.

For more information on the Ruddington Charity Open Gardens event email Jane Piggott on je.piggott@btinternet.com.