WOVEN Festival is in full sew-ing
WOVEN in Kirklees officially launched today, Friday 4 June, with the unveiling of The Big Rainbow Knit by Yorkshire-born Stuart Hillard, the star of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee.
Rainbow Yarn Bomb
The Big Rainbow Knit is a spectacular rainbow yarn bomb of Huddersfield Train Station. The installation – made up of over 15,000 squares – has been created by an army of knitters and crocheters from all over the UK and beyond, including as far away as New Zealand and Australia. The yarn bomb covers the six grand pillars at the front of the station as well as other markers in St George’s Square. Harold Wilson even donned a hand-knitted scarf for the occasion!
WOVEN is a biennial festival, funded by Kirklees Council but owned by everyone, runs from Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 June. This year’s programme full of themed textile events for all ages and skill levels, takes place in various locations across Kirklees.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:
“It’s fantastic that Kirklees’ Woven festival has touched the lives of so many people, with contributions to the yarn bomb coming in from across Kirklees and around the globe!
Creativity has united many of us through the ups and downs of the last 12 months – and of course the rainbow has become a beacon of hope and connection. As restrictions ease now is the perfect time to celebrate all of the creativity that surrounds us in Kirklees.”
Nat Walton, Woven Festival Curator added;
“There is no better way to kick start this year’s festival than with the unveiling of a huge yarn bomb on one of Kirklees’ most iconic buildings. We truly are overwhelmed by all the contributions we’ve received so far – without them this project wouldn’t have been possible so we are extremely grateful for every square created by the people of Kirklees and beyond.
This year’s festival might look a little different to what we first envisaged all those months ago but it promises to be just as exciting with lots going on for all to enjoy.”