Memorable events including the sinking of the Titanic and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, have been commemorated in wool by learning support teacher Mrs Payne. Each week she creates a new masterpiece that is displayed on her board as a talking point for students.
Her ingenious designs include a three-piece band, complete with tiny instruments, a single hand holding a bar of soap (to commemorate National Wash Your Hands Day, of course) and an apple-laden tree to mark Isaac Newton day. Some of the celebrations are obscure or American in origin; hence the Jolly Roger which was a fitting way to celebrate ‘Talk Like a Pirate’ Day, or the woolly advert for ‘Knit In Public’ Day.
Not many items are beyond Mrs Payne’s extensive knitting and crochet skills, hence her exotic heart and lung transplant, a mouth-watering selection of chocolates or the latest, a knitted snack in honour of ‘Make a Sandwich week.’
Many have admired the bejewelled Queen accompanied by her tiny crocheted corgi and the large Halloween spider has a well-deserved place in the collection, having taken two weeks to knit (instead of the normal day or two demanded by the smaller projects).
Mrs Payne said: ‘My mother taught me to knit and I taught myself to crochet as an adult. It all started because I made a small heart for Valentine’s Day and then I carried on going. I will do an item each week for the complete year and then see how I feel about continuing. It just gets people starting looking in to see what we have on the board each week.’