Richard Rutt – Bishop of Leicester and avid knitter

Hi All,

Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Group are heading up a new project entitled ‘Our Knitted Story’ which culminates in an exhibition at Charnwood Museum in June.

Call out to all Crafters!! contains details on how you can get involved with the project either by crafting objects for the installation which will also be a story telling environment, ‘The Enchanted Garden’ or by sending us your own crafting stories.

Other exhibits will include:

A collaboration with Loughborough University’s School of the Arts, where 1st year Textile students were given a brief, to create artworks/objects/garments that responded to the notion of deconstruction and reconstruction with reference to their own personal family history and connections with textiles. 

Craft stories from the local community

Knitted, crocheted and stitched flowers from our collaboration with The Craftivist Collective and Falmouth University on the project Craftivists Garden #wellMAKING.

Knitted items from the Big Knitting Group members

Artworks, fantasy creatures and foliage from the RawArt group

The story of Richard Rutt, Leicesters knitting Bishop.

As project co-ordinator and academic researcher for the project it is my job to find out as much as possible about Richard Rutt and whilst finding out about his publications and such will be simple enough I would like to present the real Richard Rutt.

The focus of the exhibition is on personal craft stories and histories therefore I would like to find out more about his personal connection to knitting. Such as how did he come to his craft, did he share his craft with anyone, is there anything he hated knitting, did he have any knitting disasters and/or success, what inspired him and what propelled him to write and research it.

With that in mind I would like to invite anyone who may have known Richard Rutt personally or who may have heard stories or know where I could find out more about the real man behind the needles to get in touch with me at

Thank you!



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