LISTEN: Judith Dingwall explains what a yarn bomb is
Volunteers have joined with Pitlochry and Moulin COVID Support Group to display their creative flair and add some colourful additions to Pitlochry War Memorial.
Overnight on Monday 22nd March, an instant bloom of knitted, crotched and loomed flowers – created by locals – adorned the railings around the memorial to create a technicolour tribute.
Representative of the Pitlochry and Moulin COVID Support Group, Judith Dingwall, said: “It’s a phenomenon called Yarn Bombing. We were inspired by seeing images from other areas where people had used their creative skills to decorate their outdoor spaces.
“The thought was inspired by that – let’s have some Spring flowers.”
In the course of their work delivering meals to locals, the support group had been asked for knitting patterns.
Initially they focused on creating hats and scarves for local primary school children to wear and when they had fully stocked everyone of outdoor wear, the volunteer crafters moved onto creating flowers.
Judith continued: “We put the patterns out without people knowing what they were knitting for – just knitted flowers for a community project.
“We knew that there were some very creative and talented crafters out there in our midst and put feelers out.
“It’s been a support group and friends real community effort.”
Members of the group also reached out to family members across Scotland and flowers were contributed from crafting enthusiasts in Glasgow & Aberdeen.
Word has also reached the group that videos of their efforts have circulated far and wide online with people all over the world appreciating their efforts.
Judith added: “We’ve created a little art gallery for people to walk around in that area to make them smile.
“There are things to spot. There are butterflies and bees, there are a couple of snails and there is a caterpillar.”
Families have also visited the work with one visitor commenting how much her young son enjoyed searching for all the hidden insects.
Over 50 people have contributed to the installation and Judith paid tribute to all involved, whether they made one flower or like one participant – 300 loomed flowers, adding: “Everybody should feel very very proud of what the community have brought together in Pitlochry.”