Yarnbombing takes over Havering libraries

07:00 10 June 2014

Library manager Matt Wright sits on a bench outside Harold Wood Library which has been yarnbombed

Library manager Matt Wright sits on a bench outside Harold Wood Library which has been yarnbombed


You may be wondering why libraries across Havering have been covered in wool over the last week or so.

Romford Library, in St Edwards WayRomford Library, in St Edwards Way

It is not the work of a vigilante knitter, but a project for Havering Arts Festival - which has seen the latest craze, Yarnbombing, take over buildings and their exteriors.

Crocheters and knitters, who attend classes in the borough’s libraries, have come together to display their work for everyone to see, inside and outside the buildings.

Needles to say, residents have warmed to the project, with the internet awash with photographs from curious fans, asking what it’s all about.

Simon Parkinson, Head of culture and leisure for Havering Council, said: “We’ve never done this before, but it’s fair to say it’s been a great success! Not only do all the libraries look great because of it, but so many people, of all ages, came together to be a part of the project – it really has been a great community experience.”

Upminster Library, in Corbets Tey RoadUpminster Library, in Corbets Tey Road

Over the last few weeks about 200 people have got involved in the project, including members of the In Stiches groups as well as many who aren’t members but simply have a passion for the craft.

Youngsters have also shown they have a flare for the skill, with youths from myplace and St Albans Youth Club taking part.

The colourful displays will be on show at all libraries until Sunday. They will then be made into brooches and purses and sold with any proceedings going to local charities.

Some will also be donated to Haven’s Children’s Hospice to aid them in their goal to break the world record for yarnbombing.

Get down to any of the libraries today or tomorrow to check out the work.

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