These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone and we hope you’re keeping safe and well. Creativity and a sense of community can support us through this time of isolation, so we’re inviting you to join us in creating an exhibition for the National Wool Museum: The Exhibition of Hope.

We’re hoping you’ll contribute to the making of a giant rainbow blanket that will be stitched together by our volunteers and exhibited at the National Wool Museum when we reopen. Each contributor is asked to create an 8”or 20cm square, in any way you like, whether that be for example, knitted (in any stitch), crocheted or woven , in any colour. Download this pattern to get exact number of knitting stitches, needle size etc. Following the exhibition, smaller blankets will be created from the giant rainbow blanket and donated to various charities.

Rainbows are often used as a symbol of peace and hope and as we know, they often appear when the sun shines following heavy rainfall. They serve to remind us that following dark times, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

The Rainbow

by Christina Rossetti.

Boats sail on the rivers,
And ships sail on the seas;
But clouds that sail across the sky
Are prettier than these.

These are bridges on the rivers,
As pretty as you please;
But the bow that bridges heaven,
And overtops the trees,
And builds a road from earth to sky,
is prettier than these.

How can I get involved?

You can make your very own square in any way you like e.g., knitted (any stitch), woven, felted or crocheted. We would like the giant blanket to be as colourful as possible so your squares can be any colour of the rainbow. They do however need to be a precise size: 8” or 20cm square. Download our pattern and get crafting!


Thank you to everyone who has been taking part in the Exhibition of Hope. We’ve had lots of interest! Please note, however, due to change of circumstances, we will no longer be creating a piece of artwork from rainbow photographs. Museum Wales is currently carrying out a Collecting Covid: Wales 2020 project so if you would like to donate your rainbow photographs to this project and for more information please click on the link.

We’re looking forward to receiving your squares by post. Please send them to:
Exhibition of Hope
National Wool Museum
Dre-fach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn
SA44 5UP

Closing date for contributions is 31/03/2021

The squares will be used to create a giant rainbow blanket and following the exhibition smaller blankets will be created from the giant blanket and given to charities, the squares will not become part of the Collection.

Take care, stay safe and thank you for taking part.


Nia Evans Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
23 July 2020, 10:13

Hi Jacky,

Thank you for getting in touch with us. I'm afraid a date still hasn't been confirmed yet. Please keep an eye on this webpage as now we have a date for re-opening we are in a position to make arrangements to receive the knitted squares. All information will be posted on our website and social media channels.

Kind regards,

(Digital team)

6 July 2020, 08:25
Do you have any update of when we can send squares please.......many thanks jacky
Nia Evans Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
27 May 2020, 12:02

Hi Jacky,

Thank you for getting in touch with us. Dates for sending the squares to us hasn't been confirmed yet, but when it has, we will be posting the information on the website. We have no limit on the number of squares and welcome as many possible! In terms of type of stitch, my colleague has confirmed that we accept any kind. Please get in touch if you have any additional questions.

Many thanks,

(Digital team)

21 May 2020, 09:19
Please could you advise if squares still required & when will you require them to be sent in. Also can any stitch in knitting be done, many thanks & what a great idea
susan milne
24 April 2020, 19:44

I have a large drawing of an oversizes ball of wool of which I have a digital image.

I made the drawing for an exhibition at the Brecknock Museum celebrating Welsh Wool and sheep farming at the time of the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001.

Seeing your information for the Exhibition of Hope, I wondered if you would like me to send you an image of the drawing to use on your website,
Just an idea !
Susan Milne


Susan lyle
24 April 2020, 17:54
Hi I would love to be involved in this great project .As others have said a great idea.
Regards sue
Dwynwen Murray
21 April 2020, 21:37
Edrych ymlaen i weu sgwar at y flanced.
looking forward to knitting my square.
Have been knitting for prem babies while in lockdown.
9 April 2020, 19:36
Fabulous idea
Nia Evans Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff
9 April 2020, 12:21

Dear Vera Arrowsmith,

Thank you very much for your comment. Any squares are much appreciated, including ones that have been crocheted.

Kind regards,

(Digital team)

Denise Jones
9 April 2020, 10:28
For knitters it would be much easier to get an accurate 8"square knitting corner to corner diagonally

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