Monday, 27 September 2021

Women go undercover with wool flowers

THERE has been an outbreak of “knitted graffiti” in Henley.

THERE has been an outbreak of “knitted graffiti” in Henley.

Woollen flowers appeared around the town hall and on other buildings and street furniture overnight this week.

It appeared to be a bid to boost Henley’s entry for the Britain in Bloom competition — but then the “culprit” owned up.

Carol Crowdy, who chairs the Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, said: “We spent a couple of nights putting the flowers up and hoping the police wouldn’t arrest us.

“At one stage a police car did come past us very slowly and I thought we would be in trouble but it didn’t stop.”

Mrs Crowdy, who lives in Gainsborough Crescent, is one of several knitters responsible for the colourful creations.

She said: “Henley is trying to win Britain in Bloom and having flowers is not possible in some areas so we are supporting that.

“We use things like yarn and woolly jumpers that have holes in and sew them into flowers. Anything that is recycled and beautiful — we put it together.

“We attacked Market Place and put them around lampposts, bollards and the railings around the town hall. We felt it all needed cheering up. It has been such fun.”

Mrs Crowdy, who is married to a musician and has an 18-year-old daughter, used to work at Black Hills Yarns in Hart Street and insists knitting is easy.

“There are patterns available on the internet and there are lots of books about it,” she said. “It is a great way of using up oddments.”

Her guild hosted Inspirational Threads, a week-long exhibition of members’ work at the Old Fire Station Gallery, which ended on Tuesday. Classes from Badgemore Primary School took part in workshops.

The guild will also be at this year’s Henley Show.

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