A group of wool loving crafters from Mountmellick is busy making secret artworks, after being accepted to exhibit at the prestigious 'Bloom' garden exhibition.
Mountmellick Yarn Bombers formed in June 2014 with a dream of 'bombing' the town by decorating it overnight with colourful yarn creations.
With two installations done so far, timed to delight summer visitors, their work was spotted on RTE's Nationwide by Bloom organiser Kerri Gardiner, who got in touch to suggest they enter the 'Postcard Garden' section for the national garden exhibition this June.
“After much brainstorming we entered our design thinking we wouldn't have a hope but how wrong we were,” said Nina Horan, a founding member.
“It will be amongst some of the most prestigious designers in Ireland and abroad. We are so delighted to represent our town in this wonderful event,” she said.
“We will be very busy on this project from here until competition time,” Ms Horan added.
The Postcard Gardens have become a firm favourite with visitors to Bloom since first introduced in 2012.
The tiny gardens measure 2m by 3m, designed by garden clubs, societies, community groups, residents associations, passionate amateurs, owners of public gardens, GIY and eco groups.
They can showcase a club, locality, or even a special person, to be seen by over 100,000 Bloom visitors.
The yarn bombers' design must remain a secret until the show, but the group promise it will be “a riot of colour”.
“We hope to represent our town with pride, and spread the word about Mountmellick’s rich heritage in textiles and Mountmellick Embroidery,” said Ms Horan.
As if they were not busy enough, the crafters have a second project underway.
The group has been asked to create artworks for the award winning BARE Boutique Music and Arts Festival in Garryhinch Woods on June 11.
The yarnbombers welcome new members, male or female, all ages, and all levels of expertise right down to beginners.
Meetings are held every Tuesday night at 7:30pm in The Methodist Church Hall, beside Glanbia in the town centre. Call 0851346272.
Bloom 2016 runs in the Phoenix Park Dublin from June 2 to 6, 9am to 6pm.