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Wattle Walk Community Project

Australia’s Black Summer was like no other, with the bushfires that raged across the nation leaving many of us overwhelmed and in disbelief at the devastation they caused.

In recognition of our local community’s resilience and the tireless efforts of the NSW RFS, the University of Wollongong Batemans Bay Campus, with support from Eurobodalla Shire Council Libraries, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and River of Art, hope to create a shared experience that symbolises our combined loss but also celebrates regrowth and healing.

Our “Wattle Walk” calls on members of the community to knit wattle branches adorned with yellow pom poms, which will culminate in a public event showcasing an outdoor display of hand-knitted wattle branches. The branches will be displayed on the beautiful grounds of the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden and will form part of the River of Art Festival. 

Why the wattle?

Wattles are one of the first plants to regenerate after fires and play a vital role in restoring ecosystems. Furthermore, their yellow colour is symbolic of the yellow NSW RFS uniform given to every brigade member when they pass basic training.

What pattern should I use?

An instructional video has been provided below along with step-by-step instructions and some leaf pattern ideas. Alternatively, you can drop in to Narooma, Moruya or Batemans Bay libraries to pick up a pattern or a wattle knitting pack. 

Where can I drop my wattles?

Please drop off your completed wattles, stems, leaves or pom poms to one of the following:

For more information contact:

Nicky or Jaimey at:

University of Wollongong Batemans Bay campus

'Hanging Rock' Beach Road

Batemans Bay NSW 2536

phone: 02 44722125

email: bbay-enquiries@uow.edu.au

 

This community project is supported by funding from COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN through the Australis Government's PHN Program

Wattle Walk display

The wattles will be on display at the Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Garden from Saturday, 9 April, 2022 to Sunday, 24 April, 2022. More details to come.

Download the Wattle Walk Event poster (PDF 1MB)

Step by Step instructions

Follow along with the video for step-by-step instructions on how to make and assemble a wattle

Piano solo background music

Wattle Design

  • Total Height: 30-40cm
  • Wattle Flowers: 3-10 yellow mini woollen pom poms (2-5 cm diameter) per stem
  • Leaves: 3-7 dark green woollen crocheted or knitted leaves per stem
  • Stem: dark green tbe created by knitting, crochet or french knitting

Constructing the wattle stem

  1. French knit 25cm of green tube.
    Use a simple hand-made French knitter or an Automatic French knitting machine. 
  2. Insert a 30-40 cm skewer through the tube leaving the point exposed. Tie off both ends with a spare piece of wool.
  3. Attach the leaves and pom poms. Thread a wool or tapestry needle with a length of knitting yarn.  Thread the sewing needle under through the end of the leaf and the stem a couple of times and tie off. Do the same to attach the pom poms.  Repeat with each leaf and flower. Then trim off spare threads.

Basic knitted leaf pattern

Here's a simple pattern for a basic knitted:

Cast on 10 –20 sts.

1st row: K to last 2 sts, turn.

2nd row: K to end.

3rd row: K. Cast off.

Veined leaf pattern

Here's a simple pattern for creating a pretty Veined Leaf:

chain 10 leaving 8” beg tail.

Side 1: working in back loops of beginning chain, 3 dc in fourth st from hook, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in last st, ch 1, sl st in ch just made (leaf point made).

Side 2: working down the other side of the beginning chain in the front loops, sl st in next st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, work 3 dc in next st, join with sl st to top of beg ch 3.

 



 

Our black summer

It was a horror bushfire season. The staff at the UOWs Batemans Bay and Bega campuses rose to the challenge.

The Stand
Nicky Bath, Jaimey Facchin, and Sam Avitaia from UOW's Batemans Bay and Bega campuses. Photo: Paul Jones