North-east knitters bring Bible yarns to life

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Murals and tapestries are often used to bring famous characters and stories to life, displaying their tales for all to see.

With this in mind a group of church knitters in Hartlepool have decided to recreate some of the most iconic biblical scenes entirely out of wool.

Some 33 scenes from both the new and old testaments have been carefully crafted by knitters from St George's URC in Hartlepool, along with additions from members of the Darlington URC, the Northern Echo reports.

They depict scenes such as Noah's Ark and the Last Supper and are currently on display at Northgate URC on Chestnut Street in Darlington.

The knitted display was first shown at the town in 2011 and proved a huge hit with visitors, and thanks to this they will be shown all this week until Friday September 20th, providing plenty of opportunities for everyone in the local community to witness the impressive feat of creativity and knitting talent.

There will also be an extra evening showing taking place on September 17th, to enable even more people to view the scenes.

Churches can be great places to display knitted scenes or try your hand at decorative pieces to show the congregation and visitors.

They can prove to be a huge draw for visitors and can also help to bring the local community together by uniting them in a challenge or creative endeavour.

Christmas may be more than three months away, however now could be a great time to get to work on a knitted nativity scene or a huge mural. Why not get the community involved and encourage people to knit Christmas tree branches or decorations?

The end product could then be used to decorate a forgotten part of the church or donated to a worthy charitable cause in the new year.

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