Scottish friends create famous faces in wool

Scottish friends create famous faces in wool

When Andy Murray saw Novak Djokovic's forehand crash against the net giving the Scot his first Wimbledon title little did he know that his achievement would be honoured in an innovative fashion.

The Dunblane tennis star has been recreated wool alongside other famous faces such as The Beatles, Boris Johnson, Margaret Thatcher and even the Loch Ness monster. The characters are the creation of Edinburgh-based friends Jackie Holt and Ruth Bailey who have now launched a book to teach people how to make the knitted pals in the comfort of their own home.

Knit Your Own Britain is the pair's follow-up to the popular Knit Your Own Scotland which shifted 10,000 copies following its release six months ago, The Daily Record report. Ms Holt explained to the news provider that they had toyed with the idea of launching a Knit Your Own England but thought it would be better to release a yarncraft book which brought together the best Britain had to offer.

"There were so many characters and iconic British things that we could have chosen to knit," Ms Holt added.

"We had to whittle down a long list of our favourites and agree on what we thought were the people and objects you think of first when you think of Britain. The end result is a mix of everything from James Bond to William Shakespeare."

The pair explained that one of the most challenging characters to create was Victoria Beckham. Ms Holt said that one of the main obstacles was making a doll that was "so thin" and then deciding on which style to give her as the former Spice Girl is like "a chameleon" when it comes to her looks.

They also decided against giving husband David Beckham a football kit opting for a sharp suit to match his ambassador roles.

Knit Your Own Britain is currently available through Black & White Publishing priced at £9.99 which will no doubt spark another knitting craze over the coming year.

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