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The Yarnbombers are back

Monday 23 November 2020

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters has once again brought the Christmas spirit to Hertford whilst raising money for two local charities - Carers in Herts and Citizens Advice Bureau, East Herts.

The postbox toppers were first used in 2017

The Society has yarnbombed 40 Royal Mail Postboxes with festive toppers - 27 in Hertford and 11 in Ware, plus one in Watton at Stone and another at the Van Hage Garden Centre.

Some of the themes include the 12 Days of Christmas (Ware), nativity, elves & gnomes, postmen & women, Father & Mrs. Christmas, angels and carol singers.

The Yarnbombers ask that you don’t make a special journey to go and see them and if you are staying at home, they'll will be sharing photographs of all of them on their website and social media, so you won’t miss out.

It's been amazing how members have managed to make these beautiful creations whilst maintaining social distancing. In the summer, groups of up to 6 met in gardens, then indoors. Even in Lockdown #1 and #2, COP groups have kept in touch via phone and online catch ups, sharing crafting experiences, technical skills, laughter and tears – whilst creating our festive toppers and enjoying a glass or two of prosecco.

We love an opportunity to upcycle and recycle; we have reused 361 items from past Christmas events, including 15 Postbox top liners (what else could we do with massive crocheted circles approximately 170cm in diameter?) You may recognize a few elves and gnomes, a nativity scene and Nutcracker characters – see how many you think you can find from last year! The 248 baubles on our 4 bauble trees are in their third year of reuse; their original home was in Paul Smith’s Christmas window in Fenwick 2018; these were donated by the Interiors & Shop Design team and used on the yarnbombers’ Advent Christmas Tree in Hertford in 2019.

The Secret Society of Hertford Crafters

Postbox topper turkeys in Ware Road

The Society was formed in 2017 and made up of 130 members who have a wide range of crafting skills; from novice knitters to capable crocheters, fabulous felters to quality quilters. Their yarnbombing installations have included the poppy cascade at Hertford Castle in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war, Enchanted Wonderland in summer 2019 and Hertford’s Advent Christmas Tree 2019.

Polar bears in Railway Street

Jo Baily, one of the founder members said: "Not being able to have meetings for most of the year meant we needed an alternative approach to achieve our Christmas project. Setting up little groups worked really nicely and members got to know each other in a different way. WhatsApp messages, weekly emails and a couple of "how to do it" films have helped us all stay together. This year’s theme allows social distancing to be observed, and combined with the amazing support from Royal Mail means that for Yarnbombers, Christmas has arrived.   The aims of SSOHC are to bring joy, create community spirit and raise funds for local charities."

If you would like to donate to Carers in Herts and Citizens Advice Bureau, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YarnBomberXmas

Baubels in Old Cross
Carol singers outside Hertford East station
Postbox topper adjacent to Hertford Fire Station
Grinches in Cowbridge

Updated 18:39 23/11/20 to include photos of new postbox toppers

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