Saturday June 11th is International Yarn Bombing Day!
If you live in an urban area, there is a good chance you have already witnessed a yarn bomb in action. Chain link fences covered in crocheted flowers, trees wrapped in beautiful lace – these are all examples of a growing movement to use knit and crochet as a way to brighten the urban landscape. Here are just a few of the thousands of examples of yarn bombing going on around the world.
Yarn bombing by Streetcolor in Berkely, CA Yarn Bombing
Tree Cozy in Cleveland, Ohio, from artist Carol Hummel
While yarn bombing has been around for awhile, International Yarn Bombing Day was started by Joann Matvichuk from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The objective is to have knitters and crocheters around the world put up this soft, noninvasive graffiti as a collective group. There is a Facebook page and Flickr pool where yarn bombers can share their work. We really can’t talk about yarn bombing though without mentioning Magda Sayeg, a Texas artist who has created some of the most ambitious guerrilla knitting projects in the US. Knitta Please has covered everything from trees to cars and the bus pictured above in locations throughout the United States and all over the world.
Image from the book Yarn Bombing, Arsenal Pulp Press
Here’s the International Yarn Bombing Day blog. Also take a look at the website Yarn Bombing for more great examples and information, and check out their book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. What a fantastic way to transform your environment and raise awareness about fiber arts. Will you be participating in IYBD? I might be crocheting a little something, but don’t tell!