29 July 2011
Last updated at 10:59
A giant patchwork blanket, created by knitters from across Leicestershire, has gone on display in Leicester as part of an exhibition celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Patchwork Pledge blanket, made from thousands of six-inch knitted and crocheted squares, is part of community project to reflect the legacy of the Olympic Games in a creative way.
The blanket, currently on display at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, represents about a quarter of the 10,000 squares collected so far. After the Games the blanket will be dismantled into smaller blankets and donated to charity.
Brenda Thompson, from Blaby, has made a blanket of 56 squares using wool left over from previous knitting projects. "Every square is a memory because it’s over about 20 years, all different things I've knitted," she said.
Dolores Patterson, from Leicester, has been busy producing bright squares for the blanket and teaching others to crochet. It takes her about one hour to complete a six-inch square. She said she was looking forward to taking a rest from crocheting while watching London 2012 coverage.
Antony Foster, from Age Concern, helped formed a 'Knit and Natter' group who have produced hundreds of the squares. "It's been unbelievable to tell the honest truth, it's my first experience of this kind of thing and I didn't expect the response that we've had," he said.
Leicestershire artist Shauna Richardson has been helping with the project, alongside crocheting three 30ft lions commissioned by Arts Council England for the Cultural Olympiad. "We're going to have to find a nice home for a huge, huge blanket, much bigger than anticipated," she said.
Ms Richardson said the Lionheart Project was currently ahead of schedule. "I am still loving it - there must be something wrong with me. I still really do enjoy it even though I've been stuck in the warehouse for two years on my own doing just that, I've not run out of steam yet."
Anyone can get involved in the Patchwork Pledge project by knitting or crocheting their own six-inch square. Find out more by visiting the Inspire LeicesterShire website: www.inspireleics.org.uk