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Yarn bombs add colour to the town
AN explosion of colour is set to hit Great Malvern as the phenomenon of “yarnbombing”
comes to town.
The craze, thought to have originated in the US state of Texas, is a type of graffiti or street art where streets, buildings and trees are decorated with brightly-coloured displays of knitted or crocheted cloth.
Now it is coming to Malvern as part of the Pulse Great Malvern project, which is aiming to make the town centre more vibrant and attractive to visitors.
The yarnbombing initiative is set to burst on to the scene for the turning on of Malvern’s Christmas lights on Saturday, November 30.
Organisers want to cover Belle Vue Island, where the ceremony will be taking place, in knitted and crocheted snowflakes. Jo Davies-Mournby, who is heading up the yarnbombing project, is hoping to recruit an army of volunteers to help make the decorations.
The 32-year-old hopes the project will help brighten the day and put a smile on the face of people visiting the town centre.
If the Christmas yarnbombing proves a hit then the idea is to follow it with other seasonal events, including for Valentine’s Day.
She said: “Really it is just looking at getting more and different people into the town centre.
“We’re hoping to attract people that might be interested in the more unusual, creative things and maybe more younger people who would be interested in something like this.”
Mrs Davies-Mournby, a freelance writer and crafter, is urging any would-be yarn bombers to get in touch with her.
She said: “People don’t need to be experts, just able to follow a basic pattern in either knit or crochet.
“Once the project gets going and we have more people involved, we are hoping to also be able to teach basic knitting and crochet so that anyone can get involved.”
Anyone who is keen to get involved can call 01684 891422 or e-mail jrdaviesmourby@ gmail.com.
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