The Prince’s Foundation invites knitters to contribute to art installation

The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House is encouraging people from
across the country with an interest in knitting to contribute to a
colourful art installation set to be unveiled on the Ayrshire estate next
year.

The installation will take the form of a patchwork mosaic and will
feature thousands of hand-knitted squares draped over the estate’s historic
Adam Bridge, to celebrate knitting as a traditional craftform, as well as
the associated benefits to the mind and body that practising the skill can
bring.

The project forms part of a wider collaboration between The Prince’s
Foundation and The Joseph Ettedgui Foundation which aims to recreate a
community of hand-knitters with an interest in turning their hobby into a
viable business proposition through its Knitwise initiative, which trains
and develops locally-based hand-knitters to a high standard to help
future-proof the industry.

Ashleigh Douglas, future textiles manager for The Prince’s Foundation at
Dumfries House, said in a statement: “Knitting is a very relaxing craftform
that is known to have multiple benefits such as reducing depression and
anxiety and increasing a sense of usefulness and inclusion. The Knitwise
group features participants of all skill levels – from complete beginners
to experienced knitters – and it has been heartening to see them all
working together towards the goal of creating this wonderful art
installation.

“We would like to invite beginners and experienced knitters from all
over the UK to contribute to our art installation project from home in a
sustainable way by using up ends of yarn or unravelling unworn knitted
garments to make a 20cm square to be included in the patchwork mosaic. To
help inspire creativity, we’ve created an easy-to-follow video tutorial
which is suitable for beginners and can be found on the Dumfries House
social media channels.”

To get people started the charity has placed easy-to-follow knitting
tutorials on its Instagram and YouTube channels.

Once the installation is dismantled, the patchwork will be cut into
smaller blankets and distributed to charities in need.

Image: courtesy of The Prince’s Foundation by photographer Iain Brown

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