SWEET ABODE: Check out the yarntopians' latest masterpiece
WHEN most people look at the Jumpers and Jazz installation Home Sweet Home, they see clever crochet and sweet treats.
But for Helen Sigglekow it signifies the reclaiming of her imagination during a tough health battle.
Mrs Sigglekow is a member of the Yarntopians, the clever crafters who worked for months to create the installation at Warwick Art Gallery, which was unveiled today.
The Warwick woman made 740 squares to cover the home, as well as creating the mailbox, chairs and table, all while recovering from chemotherapy.
"The friendship has been marvellous and it gave me forced relaxation because I had to sit and sleep a lot,” she said.
"It's helped me with mind therapy.”
For 10 months of the year the yarntopians furiously work their crochet hooks to bring to life a colourful installation.
Their first creative mission was to yarnbomb a VW Beetle outside Town Hall in 2011 but, in 2014, they hit their straps by yarnbombing an entire kitchen.
This year the talented group has covered a cubby house in yarn, complete with a green pom-pom meadow, delicious sweet treats and flamingos.
About 2000 crocheted squares have been stitched together for the house alone.
Yarntopians co-ordinator Loretta Grayson said about 120 people send in crocheted squares from around the country.
But a core group of about 24 volunteers start working on the piece in September and about 10 take a week off work in July to stitch together the installation.
"There's a lot of creative freedom for the team, we start with the installation theme but we're flexible and let the idea grow,” Mrs Grayson said.
She said this was the first year the team had made a purpose-built base for the work, as the installations grew in size and quality every year.
"We have some very talented creative people and I'm always blown away by the talent we see, not just in the installation but in the tree jumper art,” she said.
See Home Sweet Home at the Warwick Art Gallery, 49 Albion St, every day during the festival from 10am-4pm.