Get Lost (in the maze)

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

I have just come back from Banff, Scotland (my home town) where I made a maze from thousands of strands of yarn which was part of the Coast Festival in Banff castle grounds. It was quite a challenge, so I wanted to show you 'the making of' but in the end we created a 10 meter by 10 meter labyrinth!

I couldn't have done it without all the help from local volunteers- including 6 firemen who put all the posts in, Matt, Leanne, Lynne, Paloma, Omar, Alice, Maureen, Maddie, Kate, and the 3 ladies from Aberdeenshire Council, who worked through the torrential rain while we were making it. I love the Scottish weather!
a long way to go!

(image courtesy of Aberdeenshire Council)
We got there, after 11 hours of wrapping, cutting, twisting and raining!
 The best part was seeing people running around using it, and getting a bit lost in it... made it all worth while.
 

19 comments:

  1. very good blog, congratulations
    regard from Reus Catalonia
    thank you

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  2. Thanks Reus, glad you like it, keep meaning to write more frequently!

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  3. Lovely just lovely!

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  4. This is such a wonderful piece, so tactile. I just wish I lived closer to have been able to visit it myself! I love your choice of colours too! I've only recently started to knit myself and feel very drawn to this. You have a lovely blog too it's very inspiring, thank you! Cat

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  5. Hi Donna its Gregor... Was looking on your blog for my picture but couldnt find it? Was Nice to see you at Banff. Gregor x

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  6. can we make a bigger one next year?

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  7. Ok, I'll book you in! thanks for all your help Matt. see you sooooooon!! xx

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  8. Beautiful & so much fun! Well done! It's a wet, wintery school holiday over here in NZ & I think I might have to let my children go wild with some wool around a few chairs! Thanks for the idea! Visiting from Crafty Crow :)

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  9. this is incredible. as a child my mother would tie party favors to yarn and twine it all over our house and throughout the yard, everyone's yarn intermingling. really loved that.

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  10. thanks for all your lovely comments about the maze. I look at the images now, and can't believe we did it! sadly it was only up for 3 days, would have been lovely to see what would happen to it over time.

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  11. Completely awesome!!!!! A shame it couldn't have been up all summer... A lot of work, it must have been very satisfying to see the end result and people enjoying it. Perhaps a mini version as a piece of 3d wall art??

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  12. Yes I wish it could be more permanent, and your right the best bit was seeing people running around it, and people of all ages!

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  13. amazing and beautiful!!!
    congratulations

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  14. that is a shame that it was only up 3 days especially because it took so long. its popular here to do corn mazes in Utah at Halloween but I've gotten lost in them and had creepy people follow me in them and they freak me out as you can't really see over the corn. yours is such a better idea. I linked to it on my blog - http://parentplanet.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/great-sites-of-the-week-7-29/

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  15. Thanks for putting links to the maze! I'd love to see a corn maze, I grew up on a farm so I love corn!! although don't like the idea of the creepy people. keep safe! x

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  16. This is absolutely awesome! I'd love to make one for my yard. I'm sure the grandkids would adore it and it would perfectly match my house which is all the rainbow colors--inside, not out! Thanks for showing us.

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  17. DoDear Donna,

    I felt in love with your maze few months ago. In the meantime I´ve become a member of a new community around nursery school my dauther is attending and we have decided to use your idea for a community project and build similar maze ( a bit smaller version) in our school garden. We are just about to start collecting yarn all around our town. If you have any tips and tricks for building we would love to hear them. Alice from Czech Republic.

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