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Mystery knitters ‘bomb’ town with woollen kisses

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: July 01, 2013

  • BUTTERFLY BOMB. . . One of the “yarn bombs” found on Stafford’s streets

  • CALLING CARD. . . “Take me home”, says one message

  • WOOLLY. . . A knitted object left near the Newsletter

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A CRAFTY group with a “mission to pretty the streets of Staffordshire” is behind the yarn bombing of Stafford - and more woolly gifts have continued to appear on local streets.

The Newsletter reported last week that railings outside Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford’s Market Square had been decorated with a colourful array of crocheted flowers, to the delight of staff.

Although the crafters’ identities remain a mystery, a new Facebook group, Pretty Streets, has revealed its members were behind the floral display.

A post read: “In celebration of National Yarn Bombing Day (June 8), we prettied the Shire Hall Gallery with some wild flowers.”

Yarn bombing is a form of street art where trees, lampposts and other public spaces are adorned with knitted or crocheted objects.

Last year an entrance sign in Stone was yarn bombed with bunting.

Pretty Streets describes itself as “a group of friends who love knitting and crocheting, with a little pinch of artiness and a dollop of mischievousness”.

“Our mission is to pretty the streets,” they added.

Pretty Streets is now leaving “woolly pops” around the town, to be discovered and taken home by eagle-eyed residents.

“Crochet kisses” made an appearance in mid-June in St Mary’s Mews.

This weekend it was the turn of butterflies.

One hand-knitted character even appeared on the Newsletter gate in Derby Street, with a note saying “Please take me home.

I am a little present from Pretty Streets.”

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