A Prudhoe knitter who has created a stage from over 200 balls of wool will see her creations be part of a Newcastle-based dance theatre company's upcoming show "The Velveteen Rabbit" at Queen's Hall Arts Centre in Hexham.

77-year-old Pat Cant and her knitting group have created a range of toys and props for balletLORENT.

Ms Cant said: "I learned to knit when I was seven or eight and made lots of hand-knitted clothes for my own children and now for my grandchildren.

"But before I started on this project, my crocheting wasn't much good and I could only just churn out a granny square.

"I've improved so much since working with the Knitters, Movers and Shakers ladies on creating the set for The Velveteen Rabbit, I'm now crocheting toys for my grandchildren."

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Her creations will be featured in the show on March 23.

Within the knitted props are a woolly rabbit, ladybird cushions, giant carrots, and a 'garden rug' with over 6,000 individually crocheted blades of grass.

The children's show based on a 102-year-old classic tale by Margery Williams will tour the North East this Spring.

Ms Cant's group, named the Knitters, Movers and Shakers, meets weekly in Newcastle.

All ten are core members of balletLORENT's group, contributing to the sets which include a rabbit, an old horse, a tin robot, a monkey with cymbals, a ragdoll and an astronaut.

She said: "I took my grandchildren, who are seven and four, to see the premiere in Newcastle, and the four year old couldn't stop touching everything - which is totally encouraged.

"At the end of the show, the children get to feed knitted carrots to the rabbits, which they loved.

"In fact we're currently knitting a load more, as some of them 'disappeared'".

Liv Lorent, the artistic director of balletLORENT, said: "Together we are all passionate about creating an authentic and detailed set, props and costumes to enhance the experience of our audiences."

The knitters' works were overseen by fashion designer Nasir Mazhar, a long time collaborator of balletLORENT.

Two performances of "The Velveteen Rabbit" will take place on March 23 at 11am.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for children.