Needle women scale new heights for arts festival

Sue Bellamy, Anne Brooke, Susan Lawrence and Jane Clayton with their 6 metre tall embroided man hanging off the top of ROKT, Brighouse as part of Brighouse Arts Festival
Sue Bellamy, Anne Brooke, Susan Lawrence and Jane Clayton with their 6 metre tall embroided man hanging off the top of ROKT, Brighouse as part of Brighouse Arts Festival

A SIX metre, brightly coloured, embroidered man has appeared on the side of ROKT.

It has been designed by members of Halifax Embroiderers’ Guild as part of Brighouse Arts Festival specifically for the climbing gym.

Sue Bellamy, Anne Brooke, Susan Lawrence and Jane Clayton with their 6 metre tall embroided man hanging off the top of ROKT, Brighouse as part of Brighouse Arts Festival

Sue Bellamy, Anne Brooke, Susan Lawrence and Jane Clayton with their 6 metre tall embroided man hanging off the top of ROKT, Brighouse as part of Brighouse Arts Festival

Eight or nine members dedicated a full day to creating and sewing the man, known to them, as Colin the climber.

The group had to hire a room for the day so they could feed the fabric into the machine, which proved to be a good team building exercise.

They already knew what colours they had to get from Fabworks in Dewsbury who the group would like to thank for all their help.

They used domestic sewing machines and sewed by hand the rip-stop fabric, which is waterproof. Sue Bellamy, one of the members involved, said they were delighted to be asked. “It just stands out. You can see it from all over Brighouse and especially from the town centre. We are very proud and pleased to be asked and it proved to be a very enjoyable day putting it all together.”

The man was erected on to the climbing wall by members of staff at ROKT and was designed by member Anne Brooke. It took nearly five hours to get it in place.

The members said the main problem was getting the skin colour to stand out from the background but that they would do it again.

Anyone can join the group which meets on the first Friday of every month at the Maurice Jagger Centre in Halifax, from 7pm until 9pm. They can just turn up if they are interested in joining. There is mixed abilities.