Yarnbombing brings together Redcar community

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Yarnbombing is a trend that shows no signs of waning, with communities around the world being brought together via the medium of woollen graffiti.

While it is often the reserve of local knitting groups, it is now also being used by school children as a way to improve their creative skills and at the same time encouraging them to contribute to their local community.

In Redcar staff and pupils have been forging stronger connections with residents through a new yarnbombing project.

The Redcar Gazette reports that Kirkleatham Lane school and Redcar Academy have been hard at work making summer-themed pom poms, which have since been sewn together by members of the community to make an enormous outdoor collage.

Students made their creations look like apples, tomatoes and cauliflowers and displayed the artwork on the fence around the school's Sid's Place garden, which is designed to be an area for children who find it difficult to cope in the classroom.

Local people contributed larger knitted items, such as dolls, scarecrows, gnomes and garden tools to help brighten up the project, which was unveiled as part of a surprise yarnbomb event this week.

The project was originally started in February by 30 students at the Kirkleatham Lane school, however they were soon joined by community members who helped it to grow into an enormous, and beautifully diverse, woollen collage.

It has been praised for allowing students to work alongside adults of all ages, from whom they have learned new skills and forged new relationships.

The yarnbombing project has also been welcomed by all the students who use the garden and to say thankyou everyone involved will receive a small potted gift.

Rachael Nixon, project worker for Sid's Place, told the publication: "The purpose of the project is to get everyone to work together and the students have been phenomenal. The work has been therapeutic and the kids have been really passionate in putting it all together."

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