Unfinished knitted artworks on display in Norwich

Unfinished knitted artworks on display in Norwich (iStockphoto)

A common problem for many knitters is having a series of unfinished works.

It's very tempting to begin a new project that you're excited about, putting another in a drawer for later, or simply getting stuck and giving up on your knitting pattern.
But these pieces needn't go to waste and can be reused to make other woollen items.

In Norwich, an exhibition has found an ingenious way to use unfinished textile works by making a giant pavilion from hundreds of pieces.

Norwich Evening News reports that it will act as the centrepiece of a unique and thought-provoking display, entitled Tales of the Unfinishable at the Time & Tide Museum.

From January 13th to 20th, this free exhibition is a culmination of two years of research by artists Hazel Connors and Felicity Clarke, who have been exploring the phenomenon of 'unfinishable' pieces of work.

Visitors can delve into the personal stories of adventure, accidents, life and death within the incomplete artworks, which offer all manner of lovingly started designs and are destined to remain forever unfinished.

This includes quilts, knitted garments, doll-making, embroideries and half-finished clothing, each accompanied by tales behind the pieces interwoven into each one.

There is also an audio tape playing inside the pavilion providing explanations for why the projects remain unfinished, which include everyday, humorous and heart-rending stories.

These are sure to be easy to relate to by local knitters and crocheters, who are likely to have a great range of excuses for not completing their own works left at home.

Also in the museum on the big screen will be Strips, Stripes and Stories, featuring Aviva Leigh of the SlowStuff Studio, which seeks to teach the audience weaving techniques using interactive methods.

Visitors are encouraged to bring along their own craft pieces to do while watching and also to share stories of unfinished projects.

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