Knitters create a woolly replica of Bristol for Arts Trail

Bristol has been recreated in miniature woolly form.

We often hear stories about crafters who create little village scenes with which to decorate shop windows, normally wintry ones as part of their Christmas decor.

However, we've never heard of an entire city being recreated in miniature out of colourful yarn - until now, that is.

The finishing touches are currently being put to the Briswool project ahead of it going on display at the Paper Village arts and crafts store in Bedminister during the Southbank Arts Trail between 17th and 27th May. 

This astonishing work is a depiction of Bristol and even features tiny landmarks including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, City Hall, Bristol Cathedral and the SS Great Britain sailing down the woolly threads of the River Avon.

Beeses's Tea Gardens are there, as is the Pieminister shop, complete with miniscule pies in its windows. The mythical Bristol crocodile is not left out either and can be seen opening its little jaws near Bedminster Bridge, where a handful of people claim to have seen it in real life.

Briswool came about thanks to the efforts of almost 100 crafters aged between seven and 70 and is actually made up more of crocheting than knitting, with trees and buildings constructed from little squares.

It was coordinated by artist Vicky Harrison, who is displaying the finished scene in her shop and also held free knitting workshops so that as many people as possible could contribute, whether they were advanced in the craft or had never picked up knitting needles and crochet hooks before.

Why not try to check out this amazing project if you're in the Bristol area in the coming days? And if you find it really inspiring, perhaps you could start something similar based on your own home town.

We can start you off here at Knit Rowan with our pattern for a little house that can also be used as a doorstop once it has finished being on display.

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