Woolly Bike Trail Haworth-bound

Keighley News: Artist Cassandra Kilbride with one of the knitted bikes, which will form the central focus of a workshop in Haworth Artist Cassandra Kilbride with one of the knitted bikes, which will form the central focus of a workshop in Haworth

Keighley people are being invited to decorate Yorkshire-themed bikes with wool.

Artist Cassandra Kilbride will run a workshop in Haworth next month as part of her Woolly Bike Trail.

Participants will be inspired by Yorkshire literary greats as they decorate one of ten bikes involved in the project.

They will draw on everything from the Brontë sisters’ work to Yorkshire-set novels, like The Secret Garden and Dracula.

The Woolly Bike Trail is part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 – the arts festival that precedes the Grand Depart.

Cassandra is working with ten Yorkshire communities, using wool to create iconic images like mills, whippets, food and flat caps.

The bikes will be exhibited together through the summer in Huddersfield and Sheffield, then will return to the places they were created for display for a further 12 months.

Cassandra said: “I wanted the bikes as a full set to represent all the things that make Yorkshire so distinctive as a county, but more specifically for each bike to represent the town and community creating it.

“The Bronte Parsonage Museum couldn’t be a more perfect location to celebrate Yorkshire’s literary heritage.”

Workshops across the county are free and accessible to all ages, but a basic ability to crochet or knit is required. Wool and patterns will be provided, and booking is essential.

The Haworth workshop runs at the Bronte Parsonage Museum on May 27 and 28, from 10.30am to 1pm and 1pm to 3.30pm.

Visit yorkshireswoollybikes.co.uk for further information.

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