Well if this latest story doesn’t fly the proverbial flag for the versatility and attract people to yurt holidays UK then we don’t know what will! The elite Tour de France cyclists will be treated to an amazing sight in the form of a special yurt when they pedal on through a village called Holme in July.
Positioned at the side of the road in the village centre will be an impressively large yurt and if the riders involved in the event had time to stop, they would find that the interior will be even more spectacular than the already amazing exterior. Decorating the large tent-like structure will be a selection of multi-coloured five metre-long hangings that are suspended from the ceiling and made entirely of felt, along with various felt works that have been created by children from the local Kirklees schools.
Each of her five hangings features a bicycle and takes a week to make. They represent scenes from around Huddersfield including Castle Hill, Digley Reservoir and the canal at Slaithwaite.
Thongsbridge textile artist Sue Clay is the driving force behind the project. Sue has gained an international reputation for her felt works of art in the past.
She originally had a vision of bringing a decorated yurt intertwined with a hub of creativity to the Tour de France as part of The Yorkshire Year project, but failed to secure funding.
Now, thanks to the generosity of a company by the name of Yorkshire Yurts, which has kindly donated the tent-like structure for ten days along with a local landowner who has donated the site for the yurt to be located, Sue’s dream will become a reality.
Sue is now applying all her creative energies to making the yurt project a success – even without the support of a major backer. She runs workshops with local schoolchildren with several more in the pipeline.
Sue said: “The children have never worked with felt before and they are loving it. They are producing some very creative and colourful scenes.”
The yurt, which will host a licensed bar, will be pitched on the land at Holme from June 30 to July 8 and will be the venue for a series of creative events, including drama, music, dance, theatre, sculpture and poetry.
She is donating her time free of charge to create the large felt tableaux, but he is however seeking the help of potential sponsors to assist in paying for the materials for herself and the schools.
Sue’s felt is made from fine merino wool. She places the wool in layers at 90 degrees to each other before combing them with a carder. She then covers them with a net and wets them with warm soapy water before “tickling” the wool by rubbing it with her hands to produce a piece of felt.
To find out more information on Sue’s yurt project click here.