Take your fiber art to the streets – bus stops, benches, light posts, car bumpers, gardens, playgrounds – you get the idea! (Local ordinances vary, so if you want to yarn bomb in a public space, check your community’s guidelines before you begin! In some areas, yarn bombing is considered vandalism and carries hefty fines. That part would NOT be fun!)
What is yarn bombing?
It’s temporarily covering an object with knitted, crocheted, woven, stitched or wrapped yarn. Who removes it? Sometimes the artist, sometimes an anonymous person, sometimes a local authority. It started as a fun way to bring fiber-y smiles to a community. Some say it started with a local shop stitching a cover for its door handle, then the practice took on a life of its own. Everything from sign posts to trains can (and have) been yarn bombed.
We interviewed Susie Nicholson who enjoys embellishing our world with her yarn bombs. Read through her amazing story of bring joy to people with her crocheting.
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How to make a yarn bomb?
Yarn bombs can be created uniquely for a situation or location, or upcycle a creation from a thrift shop to decorate a tree, fence, building – even a mailbox! Do ask permission before yarn bombing public or private property.
Here are some great ideas to embellish your world with a bit of yarn and color.
Do you need permission to yarn bomb?
It’s a good idea to check with whoever owns the property that you plan on yarn bombing. If not, they might take all of your hard work and art down soon after you install your colorful yarn decorations.
What’s the point of yarn bombing?
Yarn bombing started to bring attention to fiber arts and how knitting and crocheting is more than making clothes, hats and gloves. Fiber art can decorate our towns and communities, as well as our bodies.
Does yarn bombing damage trees?
Generally, the yarn stretches with tree growth or rots away over time and doesn’t damage trees. Just like all outdoor art installations, yarn bombing should be maintained to keep its fresh and colorful look.
How do you wrap the yarn pieces around the trees?
This is a project best suited for two or more people, unless the tree is fairly small in diameter. Prepare your knitted or crocheted piece. You can sew together several pieces or make one large piece that fits around the diameter of the tree or pole. Then, holding the ends together, stitch or crochet the piece around the tree.
Are you now hooked (Ha! See what I did there?) on yarn bombing? In addition to the awesome projects in this post, creative yarn bombers have shared their ideas and experiences in a bunch of yarn bombing books on Amazon. So have fun browsing!
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