Yarnbombing hits Houghton: Why knitting has been springing up around the town

The yarn-bombing craze has hit Houghton with colourful creations popping up around the town.

Thursday, 11th July 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th July 2019, 5:45 pm
The creations by Houghton Yarn Bombers have sprung up on trees around Houghton

The street art – which sees displays of knitting or crocheting springing up in public spaces – is the brainchild of a new Houghton Yarn Bombers group.

For the past few weeks the group of ladies have been meeting weekly to craft creations to bring some colour to their home town.

Their knitting can be seen near the Wild Boar pub and on trees in the town.

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The street art will be up until August

The group is secret, but new members are always welcome.

One of the yarn bombers said: “We’ve been planning this for some time and just wanted to create something people can enjoy while bringing some colour to the streets of Houghton.

“We put the art works up unannounced and we’ve had a mostly positive response. Some people haven’t liked it, but that's the nature of art, it’s supposed to be a talking point.”

She added: “These works will be in place until August as they’ll get tatty if we leave them up much longer. We plan to do the yarn bombing seasonally and our next one will be a special Christmas themed display.

The pieces were put up in secret

“We keep it secret, but we’re a very friendly group and anyone is welcome to come along and join in.”

*Anyone interested in joining the group, which meets on Thursdays, can search for “Houghton Yarn Bombers” on Facebook and request to join the private group.

Houghton Yarn Bombers meet on Thursdays
Some of their eye-catching work