Bayonne Nursery's Superscarf On Show at Town Hall

Knitting project started by Fulham children goes global and grows to 42 metres

It began as a small project run by Bayonne Nursery in September 213 but has since become a global effort, with talented children and their families turning unwanted jumpers and discarded yarn into a massive 42 metre scarf featuring artwork from around the world.

Children and their families began the work after nursery staff taught them the basics of sewing, knitting and crocheting.

" I wanted to combine something creative with the importance of reusing and recycling," says early years educator Iwona Macalka, who came up with the idea.

" Plus knitting is a dying art so I thought it would be good to introduce that to the children and parents. I just thought it’d be a few metres – I never expected it would get so big."

It soon became a global effort with international partner schools and relatives from across the world taking part, including Africa, Asia, Europe and both North and South America. More than 30 items were donated and attached including tapestries, woolly socks and hats.

Community groups from across the borough also took part, including charities Bishop Creighton House and Age Concern, and supported housing scheme Wentworth Court.

" The project developed by itself with parents taking ownership, bringing in knitted items from their country of origin. It was the global and local community coming together," Iwona said.

The scarf is on display at the town hall until Tuesday March 29.

March 10, 2016

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