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Links round up: knitting blood, new bookshops and a call for artists

blood_grow_on_trees_infographic2Blood transfusions. Not very Easter-y are they? Or creative, you’d think. But in a recent campaign to raise awareness of the blood donor service, the NHS Blood and Transplant Service recently asked for knitted drops of blood to yarnbomb in cities across the country. They expected to receive 700 drops and got 8,000 instead, with the Trent region being the biggest donor. So they asked us to pass on their thanks for a knitted job well done. Good work everyone. Don’t forget to give blood.

While we’re on the subject of knitting, our friends at the Framework Knitters Museum will be hosting their annual Art & Creative Textile Exhibition and Sale from 24th May – 26th May 2014.  They are currently seeking exhibitors to showcase their work at this popular event. The exhibition celebrates painting and textile art from around the region and provides a platform for both amateur and professional artists.  If you would like to showcase your work, contact the museum on 0115 984 6914 or via  All works must be made available for public sale.Art Exhibition n

This annual event has grown in popularity each year with last year being the most successful to date, displaying over 120 pieces of work.  The museum anticipates this year to be even more popular and is keen to attract new exhibitors.  The exhibition is held in the museum’s historic chapel building. For more information contact Paul Baker – tel 0115 984 6914 email

Not one independent bookshop, but now two independent bookshops! Exciting times for readers and lovers of printed material. Cobden Chambers, recently revamped and reopened, now hosts Ideas on Paper, a new independent bookshop. The shop stocks a wide range of quality lifestyle magazines and stationery *swoons* and is open now! Be still my beating heart…

Finally, one of your favourite Nottingham based websites is seeking new team members! Yes, it’s us. We’re on the lookout for new blogging team members who can help take us boldly into the future with verve, passion and commitment. We’re completely voluntary but we do provide cake. And we’re all very nice indeed. So if you are interested in the creative scene in Nottingham and want to write about it, please do think about joining us! Send us an email at outlining your experience or enthusiasms and we’ll be in touch.

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