Crafty knitters get knotted for Fleetwood fair

Jacqui's two-year-old son Elliot examines her knitted bicycle
Jacqui's two-year-old son Elliot examines her knitted bicycle

Knitted bikes, crocheted scrolls and even a colourful blanket on a street bench has had bemused residents talking.

But the beautiful items are part of a clever advertising campaign for a huge craft fair which takes place in Fleetwood on Sunday.

We’ve put posters up and distributed leaflets, advertised through social media, but I thought using crocheting and knitting would be a good way to see if it got people talking

It’s the novel idea of Jacqueline Holden who runs Topstitch in Lord Street.

The craft enthusiast is inspiring a new generation of crafters to explore their talents.

She said: “I wanted to host a craft fair but one with a difference. We have hand picked stall holders to give people a variety of crafts and to show people something a little bit different.”

The craft fair was originally taking place at the Marine Hall but a last minute hiccup meant switching venues to the North Euston Hotel.

In a desperate bid to get the message across, Jacqueline decided to use her knitting skills as a way of promotion.

She said: “We’ve put posters up and distributed leaflets, advertised through social media, but I thought using crocheting and knitting would be a good way to see if it got people talking.

“We knitted to decorate a bike, we have knitted owls, cakes and toad stools and put them up around the town and just left them to see what would happen.

“People were soon asking if we were behind it. A team of ladies helped with making the items and we have had a really good response. We are already thinking about other themes for later in the year.

“We are going to knit for Christmas and put some displays up around the town and we have decided to make some chrocheted poppies for Remembrance Sunday.”

The craft fair will feature 50 different stalls including glassware, pottery and a Fleetwood company which dyes wool.

It takes place on Sunday July 5 from 10am to 5pm.