Yarn-Bombing

Ever heard of Yarn-bombing? Before yesterday, I had never heard the expression – nor seen an example when walking out in the streets! Yarn-bombing is a type of graffiti,  or street art, that uses knitted or crocheted yarn as its medium (instead of paint or chalk).

yarn-bomb
yarn-bomb (Photo credit: ShapeThings)

This form of street art can be easily removed as it is not as permanent as the medium other graffiti artists use. It is an art form that is technically illegal – but who would want to remove their colourful creations that brighten up concrete public spaces?

English: Phone Box Cosy by
English: Phone Box Cosy by (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first example of yarn-bombing was recorded in The Netherlands (May 2004) and has sprouted in cities such as Houston in Texas, London in the UK, as well as in countries such as Australia.

New York City treehugger.
New York City treehugger. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The artists cover telephone poles, benches, hydrants, bicycles, planters. No single item can escape the attention of these creative people as they strive to bring a little cheer to the pedestrians of their city.

Yarn bombs
Yarn bombs (Photo credit: Rosa Say)

As someone who enjoys crocheting, I think I would enjoy seeing this form of art out on the streets. Now that I know about yarn-bombing, I am sure to keep my eyes open for it!

Have you seen any yarn-bombing in your neighbourhood? Would you participate in this form of graffiti?

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43 thoughts on “Yarn-Bombing

  1. I think it’s such an lovely and environmental friendly way of decorating the city. I knew the concept but haven’t seen it over here in Holland.. hmm.. maybe something to do in the weekends 😉

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  2. I have never heart of this, but love this form of art. I wish I could do it because I would certainly take part. Are you going to make something for your area?

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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      1. I’m thinking. My friend and neighbor knits so I will have her do something for me. Hopefully by spring we will come up with something. My first thought was to do the railing on the observation desk overlooking the city of Pittsburgh.

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  3. Oh My dear, this is amazing 🙂 Should I involve this art project too 🙂 You know I love knitting or crochet with yarns… I haven’t heard before dear Colline, but I remember some crazy knitters dressed the trees with yarn… as in your photographs. Thank you dear, every day something new we hear. Have a nice day, love, nia

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  4. I’ve seen some photos but I’ve never seen it in real life. I think it would be really fun and I would do it, although I’m not a very quick knitter so it would definitely have to be a planned attack.

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  5. I saw my first example on the North Norfolk coast in a seaside village last Summer, Colline. I was bemused and took quite a few photos. Sure I could find a suitable lamp post if I tried!

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  6. I’ve never heard or seen anything about this before. The practical part of me thinks it would make more sense for these yarn bombers to knit hats, scarves, gloves, and afghans for the homeless, rather than for inert metal objects. 😉

    Have you ever seen a crocheted coral reef? A local preserve had one on display last year:
    http://crochetcoralreef.org/about/index.php

    https://www.google.com/search?q=crochet+reef&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=GoE2UenqN4PW9QT0-4DADQ&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=653

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    1. Not too sure how the corals would breathe (and are not the corals beautiful enough as they are?)
      I would hope, too, that these people who do this for a creative outlet are practical too. Though sometimes we do need a little whimsy in our lives 🙂

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    1. I love that a skill is being showcased – there are not that many people out there today who can hand knot or crochet (as compared to the number 60 years ago).

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  7. I’d never heard of this before and it’s an absolute delight! I so wish someone would yarn-bomb our neighborhood here. It would keep some of our trees warm too:D I think I’ll put this on my Facebook page and see if a few of my knitting friends respond, wouldn’t that be neat?! xx

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  8. Never heard of it. Definitely interesting. Nice idea in decorating the city with that kind of unique art. But yeah, those materials can easily get wet, torn and wear out in time. Oh well, I think the cops should just leave the ones who do this alone. It doesn’t do any harm, and it goes away anyway.

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    1. I think it is an art form that is meant to be transitory. As you say, it eventually will be thrown away. But it gives a lot of pleasure, I think, in the meanwhile.

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  9. You know Colline, I had never heard about this until I read about it in the
    Toronto Star recently. Apparently, there have been these little crocheted hearts floating around the city, found on poles and posts. What a creative concept and lovely way to bring a little cheer to those roaming the neighbourhood on foot.

    Have you seen any?

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    1. I read the same article – and wished I had seen them. But alas, I do not walk around that neighbourhood. Seeing them would certainly have cheered me up on a dreary winter’s day.

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