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YARN BOMBING RETROSPECTIVE

I’ve been posting pictures and sharing tales of yarn bombing on this blog for nearly 2 years now. During the last 3 years I have been involved in a series of community yarn bombing projects and I have published a short ebook on the subject. Today I would like to give a brief refresher course on what yarn bombing is and how it has changed over the past few years.
yarn bombing treesYarn bombing also known as knit graffiti is a form of anarchic craft that melds traditional knitting & crochet skills with street art. Yarn bombing is the art of adorning inanimate & often pedestrian objects in colourful knitting or crochet. Poles, lamp posts, street signs & tree’s are often wrapped in lengths of knitted wool or acrylic yarn.

SONY DSCYarn bombing has become a strong craft movement across the world. Once upon a time yarn bombing was an obscure art form, that began with a single shop door handle in Canada being covered in knitting, to keep customers hands from getting cold when opening the door.

SONY DSCNow there is an annual world yarn bombing day, there are books and knitting and crochet patterns on the subject. Yarn bombers are from all walks of life and come in all ages, sizes and genders, they share a love of knitting and crochet and a sense of fun. Yarn bombers will tackle just about anything from chain link fences, to bike racks, tree’s and even vehicles such as city buses, cars and even the odd army tank.

rainbow yarn bombed treeRecently a yarn bombed forest was featured in a television commercial for a big name, international chain of stores. When I first began yarn bombing it was a little more obscure and generally involved my friends and I covering tree’s in our front yards or getting together to cover an old bike.

yarn bomb bike classicYarn bombing bicycles is a creative niche that has sparked the imagination of many crafters. Each year there is an entire street art exhibition dedicated to yarn bombed bikes in Adelaide South Australia. Which was designed to promote bicycling as a smart alternative to driving around the city.

yarn bombed park benchAnything that can be wrapped in yarn is fair game to a yarn bomber. Picnic benches, chairs, toys, picket fences & traffic crossings are just a few examples of everyday objects that can & have been warmed up with crochet granny squares & knitted scarves.

yarn bombed tree baggyYarn bombing is not only surprising & beautiful to look at but it is also tactile & people seem to want to stop & touch it when they see it in the street.

yarn bombing tree park

yarn bomb rockerSONY DSCSee you all next week when I will be posting pictures of my latest yarn bombing projects. In the meantime I will keep my needles clicking and my mind open to new yarntastic ideas.

YARN MASH UP CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY

YARN BOMB TRIKE

THESE YARN BOMB TRIKES ARE COVERED IN KNITTING. THE HUBCAPS ARE CROCHET CIRCLES.

YARN BOMB TOY

THIS TOY PISTOL IS COVERED IN A MASH UP OF CROCHET AND KNITTING.

YARN BOMB MASH UP

A VERY VERY VERY LONG SCARF.

YARN BOMB HORSE

YARN BOMBING THE ROCKING HORSE, ROCKS.

rope crochet square 1

THESE GIANT CROCHET SQUARES ARE MADE FROM COLOURED ROPE, FROM THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE. MY FRIEND NUNYA MADE THEM FOR A CRAFT EXHIBITION. THEY WOULD MAKE CUTE FLOOR RUGS.

rope crochet square 2

Hand knit felt placemat

Hand knitted felt placemat. I knitted this with genuine real wool yarn, then machine washed in hot water, which felted the wool. Be sure to do a test piece first if you are unsure if your yarn is feltable. Any pure wool should felt. Check the washing instructions and if it says hand wash only in cold water, chances are it will felt in hot water. Panda make a range of special felt able yarns. It pays to get yarns from the same lot number if possible.

HAND CRAFTED POLAROIDS

yarn bomb cup of tea

I LOVE THIS LITTLE TEA CUP. MY FRIEND CROCHETED IT FOR HER GIRLFRIEND AS A LOVELY GIFT

yarn bombing lipson st

THIS YARN BOMBED STREET POLE REALLY BRIGHTENS UP PORT ADELAIDE

crazy hat polaroidCRAZY CRAFTERS BADMINTON MADNESS HAT. THIS WAS MADE FOR A COMPETITION WHERE ALL THE HATS WERE MADE FROM RECYCLED JUNK. I LIKE IT BUT IT DIDN’T EVEN GET A PLACING IN THE COMPETITION. OH WELL, WE CAN STILL ENJOY THE PICTURES OF IT ANYWAY