Yarn Bombing in Southwell

0N8A3814Last Monday and Tuesday I visited Southwell in Nottinghamshire and there, for the first time experienced Yarn Bombing.

Yarn Bombing is when an individual or a group create items with wool and decorate a town or a village with them.


Southwell, as many of you will know is a small market town between Newark and Nottingham. It has both a distinguished history and a very distinguished eleventh century cathedral.


Apparently almost 4,000 knitted and crocheted items have been placed in and around Southwell as a yarn bombing event.

The project commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War and features tributes to all the men of the town who died in the conflict.

It was coordinated by the Southwell Yarn Bomb Group, but also featured work by various community groups. A woman born less than a week after the armistice in 1918 knitted 100 poppies.

There were no colour or size requirements so when the poppies, which were all individually made, were collected, it was fascinating to notice how well they all blended together.

The completed items have now been distributed across the town, in shop windows, schools and the minster as well as decorating street furniture such as bollards. It was, in fact, the bollards that I noticed first. Each bollard bears the name of a soldier or sailor who was killed in action during the war.


It is very striking and in some ways perhaps a bit more meaningful. I noticed people were walking along the street and taking a moment to look at each bollard in order to read the name of the victim.

Message to the Yarn Bombers – keep knitting!