13:52 7 June 2022
09:50 8 June 2022
The Star Dancewear & Crafts store ensured St Ives was bursting with color to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by hosting a royal-themed yarn bombing initiative.
Those who venture around St Ives may have noticed an abundance of knits and crochets of crowns, the queen, logos and more plastered to railings and letterboxes.
Elaine Spence, the owner of Star Dancewear & Crafts, formed an open group called the Star Crafters in February to get people involved in crafts and the Jubilee Project.
After countless meetings, motivation and planning, the group, made up of almost 200 members, combined to decorate St Ives in the boon of the yarn bombing.
Elaine said: “One of the reasons I wanted to do it was a community thing. I really wanted to try to bring a group of people together, try to give us the opportunity to make new friends, and it just doesn’t no doubt that I will make him move the group forward.”
“Everyone really appreciates what we’ve done. There were so many people saying thank you to us while we were posting stuff, and the community spirit was definitely there this weekend because of that, I would say.”
Other groups that took part in Yarn Bombing included St Ives Knitting and Crochet Social and St Ives Dementia Friendly Community, who produced several beaming benches alongside pom poms made by the 5th St Ives Scout Group.
Elaine lost count of the number of items handed out but said hundreds and hundreds came out with 120 bands on rails around the St Ives monument alone.
The group was armed with wool from Elaine’s shop and their own hiding places for yarn bombing, which is an activity covering objects or structures in public places with knitted or crocheted decorative material.
St Ives Town Council supported the idea and council gardeners helped place the larger items on St Ives Town Hall and Bridge.
Elaine added: “I have so many favourites. I really like the cute little octopus at the memorial, but it’s very small. So it has to be the topper of the double letterbox, really. It there’s the queen, the corgi and a soldier on top, which was made by Wendy.”
Elaine said there will be another meeting next week to give each other a collective pat on the back and discuss ideas for moving forward.
Soon the items will be removed and the Star Crafters hope to raffle off some of them for charity.