Knitted Royals Win Window Prize
“The wedding party has created a lot of interest. People have really enjoyed looking at it,”
A KNITTED version of the Royal Wedding has caused quite a stir in Ely – and has landed its owners with the prize for the Ely Standard’s best dressed shop window competition.
Detailed woolly versions of Prince William and Catherine Middleton have been joined in the window of Yarn on the Square by other members of the bridal party ... even three corgis and a slice of wedding cake.
Christine Brown and Ginette Heard, who run the knitting shop on the city’s Market Square, arranged for the wedding entourage to be knitted, with help from about 10 ladies.
“The wedding party has created a lot of interest. People have really enjoyed looking at it,” said Christine.
“The book of instructions was published on March 20, so we had just a month to create the figures. I did not really like the bride’s dress in the book, so I redesigned it.
“Everything was made from bits and pieces of wool that the knitters had to hand, along with beads, sequins and gold braid.”
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Ginette said: “One of the corgis already has a home to go to but we are not sure what will happen to the wedding party – we may raffle it for charity.
“We have had a lot of fun making the figures and knitting the bunting. We love making things like this. It is so eye catching and lots of people have come along to see them.”
The knitted bridal party includes the happy couple, along with Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall; the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Harry, the bride’s parents, the Archbishop of Canterbury and some footmen.
Also in the window is a beautiful wedding shawl, knitted by Christine. “It took six weeks to knit – I started it as soon as the couple announced their engagement,” she said.