Following the success of last years Clovelly Yarn Bomb, which raised funds for the RNLI, the event organisers, the Clovelly Community Gardening Group, decided to host another Yarn Bomb for 2016 and chose Devon Air Ambulance as the beneficiary.
The theme for this years Yarn Bomb is Summer by the Sea, which was suggested by 6-year-old Jacob of Clovelly, and crafters have been busy producing a whole array of crochet, knitting and weaving to fit the theme and adorn the village, including all the sea side classics from ice creams to fish and chips.
The event has even attracted the support of interior designer and television personality Laurence Llewelyn Bowen who has been knitting his own contribution, which will take pride of place in a very special but secret feature of the Clovelly Yarn Bomb.
The Clovelly Yarn Bomb will be opened on Saturday 2nd July with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the top of the cobbles at 11am, Devon Air Ambulance will be holding a stall in the harbour.
Ellie Jarvis, event organiser said “We felt very strongly that we wanted DAAT as our chosen charity because Clovelly is a village which is difficult to access and we are acutely aware of the invaluable work that the service provides. Thanks to social media, we have been able to invite people to donate wool samples and contribute to this unusual project. We have already received pieces from all over the UK and we are hopeful for contributions from abroad too.”
Yarn Bombing is a type of street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre, which can be easily removed and is generally about reclaiming or personalising publics places.
Fundraising Director at Devon Air Ambulance, Caroline Creer, stated “We are really excited to be a part of this years Clovelly Yarn Bomb, such a great event to kick off the summer season. We are extremely thankful to Clovelly Community Gardening Group for organising the Yarn Bomb and for choosing to support Devon Air Ambulance; it is because of wonderful community support like this that we are able to continue expanding and improving our service.”
It’s not too late to contribute your yarn! If you are a keen crafter you can post your items to: Clovelly Silk, Lower Yard, Clovelly Devon EX39 5TL.