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Cardigan's close-knit community celebrates 900 years
Cardigan Knitting Project
Fifty young people have stitched their portraits as part of the design

An army of 200 knitters from Cardigan have created a giant cardigan to mark the town's 900th anniversary.

The 5m wide and 2.5m long garment depicts the town's history.

It includes a knitted castle, shops, churches and chapels, as well as portraits of local people and schoolchildren.

This is one of the many projects run under the £30,000 Heritage Lottery Fund received by the town to celebrate the creation of the town in 1110.

We have used cable stitch throughout and the many threads twisted together become strong, representing our community
Lisa Hellier

The Cardigan Knitting Project was designed and co-ordinated by Lisa Hellier, assisted by Susan McComb.

"Last year The Tivy Side Advertiser put out a request for ideas to celebrate the town's 900th anniversary so I rang them up and it blossomed from there," said Lisa who is a community artist based in Eglwyswrw.

Knitters have met to plan and work on the cardigan at St Mary's Old School Hall every Sunday evening since March 2010.

Canada

"This allowed people to knit, discuss the project, pop in to pick up wool or drop off sections of the cardigan that people had knitted at home, or in hospital," said Lisa, whose role included ensuring the work of people of all knitting abilities could be used.

Cardigan Knitting Project
The design incorporates all aspects of the town's culture and history

"This project has been totally inclusive and the cardigan will include work by beginners sitting next to the work of accomplished knitters," she added.

"Many pieces have been sent in from people who live far away, but who have connections to the town, either family or holiday."

One contribution was sent from a knitter in Cardigan, New Brunswick, whose family emigrated to Canada from Cardigan 200 years ago.

Children from Cardigan's primary and secondary schools have also taken part in the project, with 50 young people stitching their portraits as part of the design.

The design incorporates all aspects of the town's culture and history.

Giant present

"We've got knitted mermaids, coracles, ships, castle, shops, churches and chapels, as well as portraits of local people and the schoolchildren, who represent the town's future," said Lisa.

"We have used cable stitch throughout and the many threads twisted together become strong, representing our community."

"All the pieces are in, and we are stitching it all together, which is like doing a jigsaw with no picture."

The cardigan is going to be hung at the town's Guild Hall on 27 December, wrapped as a giant present, and then unveiled at a special unwrapping on 5 January 2011 at 1830 GMT.

Catrin Miles of Cardigan 2010, said the cardigan would be on display at the Guild Hall during 2011.

"It would also be great if it could be put on display at other venues in the town as well," she added.




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