WI yarnbomb to get tongues wagging over Jubilee picnic

Towcester WI Yarnbomb for Jubilee

Towcester WI Yarnbomb for Jubilee

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THE latest craze in kitting has come to Towcester as ladies of the WI promote the town’s Jubilee celebrations.

Red, white and blue ‘tree cosies’ have been appearing of trees around the town as the Towcester Evening WI promote the Picnic in the Park on Saturday, June 2 at the Islington Road recreation field.

Towcester WI Yarnbomb for Jubilee

Towcester WI Yarnbomb for Jubilee

This form of street art, sometimes referred to as yarnbombing, originated in the Netherlands before becoming popular in America over the last decade.

WI spokesman Sue Hamilton said they hope to get people talking about the celebrations and added: “It’s about taking pride in our surroundings and making the town look colourful and interesting – using a traditional craft in a modern way. It has been an easy and enjoyable way to catch the imagination and creativity of our members.”

The street art is not intended as a permanent feature and it is hoped that the knitted squares can be re-used to make blankets for premature babies when they are removed. The WI was also helped by two ladies in Somerset, Clarice Studley and Valerie Reason who heard about the project through a member of the Jubilee steering group.