Olympic stars take on knitted forms for Sunderland exhibition

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

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SEW unique – an endearing display of intricately knitted sporting athletes is on display at a Sunderland museum.

Olympic stars have descended on Monkwearmouth in the form of knitted athletes that include glittery ice skaters, fencers, rower runners and even an Olympic torch.

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

The charming display brings a quirky side to the current trend for all things sporty and has been carefully created by textile artist Sue McBride, 55, of Washington.

Sue is part of popular textile group The Materialists, who recreate works of art in fabric.

Jo Cunningham, manager of Sunderland Museums said: “The detail on these adorable athletes is amazing, down to the blades on the ice skater’s boots, the equestrian athlete’s hat and the multi-coloured flame of the now legendary Olympic torch.

“Thank you to Sue McBride for allowing us to share these charming creations with our visitors, especially in light of Team GB’s stunning performances in the recent Olympics and Paralympics.”

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

Knitting for Gold is on display in the Children’s Gallery until November 4.

l Monkwearmouth Station Museum is open Monday to Saturday, and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

Entry is free.

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Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.

Knitted sports stars on display at Monkwwearmouth Museum, Sunderland.