Craftsmen collect hooks to decorate letterboxes ahead of Queen’s Jubilee

UK crochet experts have picked up their crochets to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – recreating the monarch and her corgis in miniature to sit on letterboxes across the country.

Avid crocheters have decorated their communities with bejeweled crowns and wide-eyed versions of the Queen’s Guard to mark her 70 years on the throne.

Jasmine Colley, 27, spent six weeks creating her Jubilee-themed creation, which she posted on a postbox near her home in Harwich, Essex.

The design features a purple and gold crown flanked by one of the Queen’s corgis and the monarch herself, sporting a matching purple dress and hat.

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Jasmine Colley even gave her queen a crochet corgi to sit on (Jasmine Colley/PA)

“It is so admirable that the Queen is the longest-serving female monarch ever,” Ms Colley, head of customer master data, told the PA news agency.

“I loved (the process). I spend all my free time crocheting, it’s so nice to walk past and see people staring at it.

“I even organize a small local competition to involve people if they wish. All they have to do is share and take a selfie with “the queen” for a chance to win their very own crochet queen.

One of the craftsmen said letterbox mattress toppers have become a ‘fast growing phenomenon’ (PA)

“It’s so nice to see the community getting involved, especially when we’ve all been locked down for so long. I can’t wait to see the city all decorated and the street parties in action in June.

Julie Walker is the mastermind behind a wire replica of the Queen’s head, topped with a sparkling crown and matching earrings.

The decoration, which took her three weeks, perches on a postbox near her home in Wallasey and caught the eye of many passers-by.

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Julie Walker said it took three weeks to make the queen’s head out of yarn (Julie Walker/PA)

“I loved doing this one, watching it come to life,” Ms Walker, 54, told PA.

“I am a Royalist and I think the Queen has done an amazing job.

“I am really looking forward to celebrating the Jubilee with my family and friends.”

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Leonie Edwards said the compliments from her village of Doveridge on her crochet work were ‘lovely’ (Leonie Edwards/PA)

Another red pillared box in Doveridge, Derbyshire, was also given an extravagant wreath ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

Designer Leonie Edwards, a 36-year-old electronics maker, told PA: ‘I’ve just moved into the village so I thought it was a great way to connect with the village community. .

“It was supposed to be a secret – I went out at 6am on Sunday morning to set it up but the postmaster spotted me. I thought it would be a nice mystery for the village.

“I love royal history, especially Tudor history and our queen is one of them.”

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A crochet expert has decorated a letterbox in Didcot, Oxfordshire (Yarnsy/PA)

A designer, who asked to be called Yarnsy, created a version of the queen in a turquoise ensemble with one of her guards next to her, the pair against a backdrop of a rainbow of blue, white and red.

“I’m a big fan of anything that encourages a great community spirit,” said the 46-year-old from Didcot, Oxfordshire.

“Jubilee is a perfect opportunity to connect with friends and family and have a great evening. I think the UK is unique in having such an old figurehead.

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Another postbox in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (Diane Tams/PA)

“It’s really nice to see people stop to take a look or respond to social media posts with their lovely comments.”

The projects take many hours to complete, but mailbox decorations are a “fast-growing phenomenon,” according to a crochet enthusiast who asked to remain anonymous.

“It started in lockdown with people who knew how to crochet or knit leaving letterbox covers or small gifts in their local community,” the 68-year-old from Stopsley, Luton explained.

The Jubilee weekend will take place between Thursday June 2 and Sunday June 5.