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Watch: Northern Ireland village recreated in crochet form

By Claire Williamson

It’s a Northern Ireland village that's always up for a good yarn and now it's got a new look.

After seven months of hard work Cloughmills in Co Antrim has been recreated in wool by its crochet club.

There are 35 members in the club, between the ages of 40s and 80, and they all chipped in to create the masterpiece.

The club was started six years ago by May Aitcheson and it meets weekly for two hours from 10am to noon. Creating the woollen village was May’s idea and the rest of the group quickly got their needles out.

They went out and photographed the different buildings and areas that needed to be included and went on from there.

May said: “A lady took some of us to Cushendall to see a small village they had done years ago, so I came up with the idea to do ours, but ours got larger and larger.

“The first building we created was Patton’s pub — that was the first one I did and then the Orange hall. The other ladies saw them and it went from there.”

And everyone in the group played their part with the completed work finished in November.

“Some of the members created a small road or a field if they didn’t want to do a house,” she added.

“We went round the members and said ‘will you do this and will you do that’ and they all agreed.”

Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village
Cloughmills crochet village

The club members are thrilled with the outcome.

May added: “I think it’s brilliant but I didn’t realise it would go as far as this.

The structure is made of cereal boxes which are then covered with the crochet. May said there are a number of techniques used to create the different textures.

She said: “It’s different from knitting. You only use one needle for crochet and two for knitting.

"It’s different stitches called garter, stocking and rib. The trees were just wool wound round them.”

And while it may look like reams of wool was used and gathered to create the village the club says it was only scraps.

Joint head of the club Maisie Millar said this was the biggest project she had ever done and she was looking forward to what May comes up with next.

She added: “We'll have to wait and see what comes up.”

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