Art made with ‘love and kindness in every stitch’

HARD AT WORK From left, Freya Perry, Jan Walker, Katrina Henderson and Jane Hobbs. Inset, people admire the yarnscape.
HARD AT WORK From left, Freya Perry, Jan Walker, Katrina Henderson and Jane Hobbs. Inset, people admire the yarnscape.

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FRIENDSHIPS have been forged and beautiful knitted art created thanks to an old museum artefact.

Women from across the community, including retired Wrens, knit and natter groups and members of the W.I, bonded over the creation of the Southsea Seaside Yarnscape which now hangs proudly in the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Victory Gallery.

People admire the yarnscape.

People admire the yarnscape.

Jo Valentine, from the museum, and community art worker Katrina Henderson, asked knitting groups from across the area to knit small pieces to add to the yarnscape view of Portsea Island, which includes the Spinnaker Tower, the Historic Dockyard, South Parade Pier and thousands of fish.

They were inspired by a pattern book from the Depo of Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy.

Katrina designed patterns for fish and a seahorse and women from as far afield as Scotland, Australia and Abu Dhabi – all with links to the Royal Navy – sent in their pieces –around 1,900 objects in all. About 350 people took part.

Katrina, who runs the Art Stop Cafe, in Eastney, said: ‘It was lovely meeting so many ladies. I’ve had messages to say how much it meant to them.

‘One lady said it helped her confidence so much.’

And Jo added: ‘We’re so pleased with the love and kindness that went into each stitch.’

The main women involved were Freya Perry, Jan Walker, Irene Hogg, Jane Hobbs, Emma Robinson, Pip Firth, Alison Hemmings, Anne Jenkins, Kat Stoetzel and Emma Hickman.

The yarnscape will hang in the museum until 2014. It is free to view but tickets must be bought for the rest of the Historic Dockyard.

To get involved in future projects email katrina@art-stop.co.uk.