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Crochet fans are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by adorning letterboxes across the country with woolen tops of the monarch and her corgis.
Avid crocheters picked up their crochet hooks to decorate their local letterboxes with bejeweled crowns and lovingly crafted miniature versions of the Queen to mark her 70 years on the throne.
Creations have been spotted in towns and villages from Wallasey to Didcot.
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.
“It is so admirable that the Queen is the longest reigning female monarch of all time,” said Colley, head of customer master data. PA News Agency.
“I liked it [the process]. I spend all my free time crocheting, it’s so nice to walk past it and see people staring at it.”
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Colley organizes her own contest to encourage local people to get involved in the celebrations.
“All they have to do is share and take a selfie with ‘the queen’ for a chance to win their very own crochet queen,” she explains.
“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.
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Julie Walker, 54, is the crochet designer behind a yarn replica of the Queen’s head, topped with a sparkling crown and matching earrings.
The incredible decoration, which took her three weeks to make, perches on a postbox near her home in Wallasey and caught the eye of many passers-by.
“I loved doing this one, watching it come to life,” Walker says.
“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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Another red pillar box in Doveridge, Derbyshire, has also been given a royal makeover and is now adorned with an extravagant crown ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
Designer Leonie Edwards, a 36-year-old electronics maker, recently moved into the village, so she thought it was a great way to connect with the community.
“It was supposed to be a secret,” she said, “I thought it would be a nice mystery for the village. I went out at 6am on Sunday morning to set it up but the postmaster spotted me.
“I love royal history, especially Tudor history and our queen is one of them.”
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 two characters are surrounded by a blue, white and red rainbow.
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“I’m a big fan of anything that fosters community spirit,” says the 46-year-old from Didcot, Oxfordshire.
“Jubilee is a perfect opportunity to connect with friends and family and have a great evening together. I think the UK is unique in having such an old figurehead.
“It’s really nice to see people stopping to take a look or responding to social media posts with their lovely comments.”
The projects take many hours to complete, but according to one crochet enthusiast, who asked to remain anonymous, mailbox decorations are a “fast-growing phenomenon”.
“It started in lockdown with people who knew how to crochet or knit, leaving letterbox covers or small gifts in their local community,” says the 68-year-old from Stopsley, Luton.
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There’s no doubt that Tom Daley’s love of the craft has played a part in his rise to popularity, with the Olympic medalist being dubbed “the biggest crochet influencer in the world”.
After winning gold in synchronized diving, he knitted a pouch for his medal so it wouldn’t get scratched. He also knitted a cardigan which featured elements of the Olympic rings and the British flag.
“One thing that has kept me sane through this process is my love for knitting and crocheting and all things sewing,” he said in an Instagram video showing off the crafty cozy .
Daley doesn’t just crochet to pass the time, however, he says he does it for his sanity.
And science has backed up its belief that crafting can be good for the mind with a recent study published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy revealing that knitting has significant psychological and social benefits that contribute to well-being and quality of life.
The Jubilee weekend will take place between Thursday June 2 and Sunday June 5.
Shop our favorite Platinum Jubilee hand knits and craft kits
Crochet Queen Elizabeth Doll | £28.50 from Etsy
Handmade crochet queen applique | £9.50 on Etsy
The Make Arcade Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mini Bunting Sewing Kit | £22 from John Lewis
The Make Arcade Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mini Decorations Sewing Kit | £18 from John Lewis
Make Arcade Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mini Corgi Cross Stitch Kit | £10
Additional Report AP.