Seaside Yarnscape at the National Museum of the Royal Navy

Korbond Industries
Korbond are pleased to have worked with The National Museum of the Royal Navy on one of its latest Community Art Projects by providing haberdashery and knitting products. The Southsea Seaside Yarnscape celebrates not only the history of knitting in the Navy but also the talent and creativity of people who volunteered to help create the Yarnscape.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, based in Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, is one of Britain’s oldest maritime museums and tells the 800 year story of the Royal Navy. As part of the project the public were asked to send in knitted fish and sea creatures from specially formed patterns. The reaction from the public was exceptional and the museum received over a thousand knitted items for the Yarnscape. For some people this was the first time they had picked up their knitting needles for over 20 years as they wanted to get involved in this amazing community project.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy wanted to see if the project could reach as far and wide as the Royal Navy does. There was a great response with fish and seahorses coming from as far as Australia, Florida, Abu-Dhabi, as well as numerous places across the UK. As there were so many knitted creatures, The National Museum of the Royal Navy has decided to display each and every one of them and they have created a special ‘under the sea’ wall. This lives opposite the Yarnscape in the museum’s Cabin Area.

The project was produced in response to discovering old 1940’s patterns from ‘The Department for Knitted Garments for the Royal Navy’. The museum stated that ‘There is an extensive history of crafts in the Royal Navy and the project is a great way of drawing people’s attention to this cultural past time.’ Korbond would like to thank everyone who took part in the project especially those who rediscovered their old hobby of knitting and to those who have now found a new one!

Please follow the link below to visit the Yarnscape at National Museum of the Royal Navy. If you would like to try and knit various ‘under the sea’ creatures yourself you can also download the knitting patterns below.


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