Knitters create historical representation of Knole

Knitters create historical representation of Knole

There are few projects out there too challenging for ambitious knitters, from yarnbombing extravaganzas to intricate collages and enormous figures.

This week keen knitters in Kent have been entering their best creations into a competition as part of the Festival of Archaeology.

Kent News reports that there has been a great deal of interest in the contest, with submissions including a 'sewn henge' and Roman soldiers.

Another impressive entry is a knitted history of Knole, which is a famous National Trust building near Sevenoaks.

The site is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment for the next five years and as part of the festival, Knole will open its doors with a special event for members of the public to find out more about the work, as well as the building's colourful history.

Made by the Textile Group Sevenoaks, this epic hanging is sure to be a big draw for visitors.

Commenting on the knitting contest, Elvie Thompson, head of engagement at the Council for British Architecture, explained that excitement levels are high and the sheer skill involved in these crafty entries is something to be marvelled at.

She said: "We've been surprised by the amount of interest and entries we've had for the competition already from festival event organisers and it's clear the level of talent out there is quite extraordinary - we definitely seem to have tapped into a real national trend here."

Ms Thompson went on to say that there would be more opportunities to knit at the event as one of the activities on offer allows people to recreate Manchester Museum's Coptic sock, learning how the ancient original was made and then replicating it in a similar fashion.

"We thought the event perfectly captured the spirit of the festival, and that a UK-wide knitting competition would be a great way to raise awareness of the thousand-plus events that will take place all around the country from July 13th to 20th," she added.

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