Shoals of knitted herring spotted in Musselburgh

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Knitted herring and other hand-made sea creatures have been arriving in their shoals at The Brunton in Musselburgh, where they are being collated for a unique Knitted Boat exhibition to be held at Fisherrow Community Centre in May.

The exhibition takes place ahead of a production of Get Up and Tie Your Fingers which is at The Brunton that month.

Knitters and keen craft makers have been working with artist Linda McCann at workshops around the county, creating herring, different sea creatures, seagulls, nets and rocks. Creative people can still attend workshops to find out more and take part.

Future workshops will be held on: Saturday, April 5, 1pm – 4pm, The Brunton, Musselburgh - make and create a squawking seagull; Saturday, April 19, 11am – 1pm, Bleachingfield/Dunbar - make and create 2d/3d herrings and net; Saturday, April 26, 1pm – 4pm, The Brunton, Musselburgh - knit, stitch, stick and glue a rock or two.

Knitters are also invited to knit a herring every Tuesday from 11am at Longniddry Library.

Follow the Herring, a theatre production and art installation created by the Customs House and the Guild of Lillians from South Shields, will travel down the East coast of Scotland and England from Musselburgh to Hastings this summer, echoing the journey that the Herring Lassies would have taken when ‘following the herring’ during the 19th century.

The performance will be at the Brunton on May 8 an 9.

Knitting patterns are available from and at The Brunton box office.

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