New Book: Yarn Bombing

Yarnbombing-by-the-JafagirlsImage from the JafaGirls via Yarnbombing (blog). Keeping the guerilla knitting fresh by mixing stenciling with yarn.


This past week just whizzed by that I totally missed locals Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain's launch of their new book Yarn Bombing, The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti. It's a full-color DIY book featuring 20 patterns that range from hanging shoes and knitted picture frames to balaclavas and gauntlets, teaching readers how to create fuzzy adornments for lonely street furniture. The book also includes interviews with members of the international community of textile artists and yarn bombers, and provides resources to help readers join the movement; it’s also chock full of beautiful photographs and easy step-by-step instructions for knit and crochet installations and garments.

yarnbombing.com

Unrelated but related and worth a mention: Love this lace Demakersvan chain-link fence installed at the Design Center at Philadelphia University center’s grounds as part of ‘‘Lace in Translation,’’ which opened at the Design Center last month. Image courtesy: Kerry Polite/From The Design Center at Philadelphia University. (Via New York Times).

Jan Halvarson

8 comments:

hadley said...

I love the use of craft as grafitti. Craftitti? One of these days I'm going to hit the streets around Wellington and tear things up.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I love that lace fence!

alexkeller said...

i came across bombing this spring - about the time i saw the crochet reed exhibit in Scottsdale. i love the sneakiness of it, and that fence is beautification at its best!

Leanne said...

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the mention! We'd love to meet you some time - as we both read Poppytalk!

We're going to be doing another event on November 5h at the Davie Street Book Warehouse.

Leanne

jan said...

That would be awesome Leanne! And cool to hear you read this!

Emily said...

I don't know how I feel about this. It looks beautiful, but the first thing that I thought when I heard about yarn bombing was mold. Doesn't fabric get moldy and smelly when it gets wet? I could be wrong.

Rockester said...

I have seen a couple of these about 2 months later and they turn UGLY and moldy and torn. It ends up looking worse than if you leave it alone. Sadly no one ever comes back to clean up after it turns out badly.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps it might be better to use "plarn" i.e. yarn made from plastic, to avoid the mold and the tearing.

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