Thursday , 22 June 2017
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.

June 11th is International Yarn Bombing Day!

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

Knitted bus: Knitters turn to graffiti artists with 'yarnbombing'
Knitted bus from Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, via The Telegraph

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!
- Anne 

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14 comments

  1. COOL! Love the bus!!!!

  2. THIS is so awesome!! I saw evidence of it at a bustop one day, and thought, “some creative crazy person has taken it upon herself to decorate the bus stop”!! I was so charmed, but NOW, it apparently is a whole movement i never knew existed!! I LOVE this!!!!! GREAT pictures!!! Yes, KNIT HAPPENS, and KEEP CALM, STITCH HAPPENS–that’s my new T-shirt I’m making for my sewing students!!!

  3. How long does this all take??? It’s so amazing. I’d love to see this happen in action.
    Ciao,
    Sally Anne

  4. Wow – what a great project to be involved in. I think someone should make a documentary and film the “bombing” in action! Makes me wish I knew how to knit!!
    Thanks for sharing and I’m off to check out the blogs.

  5. YellowSkirt_NatPav

    That’s so cool but it must of took you forever to do the bus!

  6. This is so lovely – so fun – a bit like 60s flower power but with yarn :-)

  7. I think this is great. Brighten so many peoples day to see this. My wife crocheted a wreath “Pink” for our front door its about a foot and a half big and then she crocheted the flowers and etc that are on it. Really nice.

  8. This is so inspiring. I’ve recently been working on a new series of Aztec inspired yarn paintings, but this yarn bombing really takes it to a new level! Somehow everything that becomes covered in yarn takes on a very interesting mythical vibe.

  9. sorry but putting a dress or anythink else on a tree i find it extremly breathless. but the work i find it beatifull Carol, but on somethink not so alive. hug rita

  10. It is all so cleverly done and colourful! and fits everything perfectly.

  11. This is crazy!!!!& WONDERFUL!!!!!

  12. So it it Saturday June 9 or Monday June 11? Some people say one, some the other. I want to bomb on the right day!

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