Why you should love Yarn Bombing.
Every so often something wonderful happens in the world of craft that just makes us smile. This was the case with yarn bombing. It is just an utter delight to pass by a forgotten or colourless object in a public space and find it suddenly blessed with a kaleidoscope of bright colour and textured yarn. We are seeing more and more of it around our cities worldwide and in a society that is increasingly difficult, it can be a sudden welcome explosion of pure joy and creativity that is sorely needed.
Yarn bombing…well, it’s ‘da bomb!
Sometimes yarn bombing is known as a Yarn Storm (such a cool term!) or even a Yarn Installation, and it is increasingly being considered an art form in its own right. Artists and crafters work independently or come together as a collective to create colourful expressions and displays of knitted or crochet yarn and they use it in a similar manner to graffiti or paint, to brighten up or draw attention to an object, place, theme or even an important cause.
By Shrewdcat – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6981793
By Baykedevries – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22737566[/caption]
But where did it all begin, this wonderful thing we call yarn bombing? Apparently, it was in Texas in the United States, that a man called Bill Davenport began doing it as a way to use up his stash of leftover yarn. Leftover yarn, you say? Yes of course, any good knitter or crocheter will have that little bundle of woolly gorgeousness tucked away for safekeeping, so they know the constant search for a project that allows every last strand to be used up.
We also know that many crocheters and knitters get frustrated at not knowing what they can do with their leftover yarn stash, so yarn bombing is definitely a great way to use it up. So, with their own stashes of leftover yarn, Bill and his fellow crafters began to spread the gospel of yarn bombing and the rest is history.
More recently in the UK, Lauren O’Farrell, also known by her brilliant pseudonym Deadly Knitshade, (how cool is that?) also brings the joy of yarn bombing to life with her creative street art. She cleverly uses brilliant colours and chooses a mix of yarns.
Some dark-hearted souls have called the art form vandalism, but how could something so happy, beautiful and let’s not forget – temporary – be called vandalism? It is simply a riotous joyful burst of yarn-y gorgeousness. If you want to learn more about her work visit Keep Calm and Craft On for more info!
Now, you might be sitting there thinking how you would even get started with yarn bombing and worrying that you can’t (or don’t want to) go out and try this in the middle of your town or city – but you can easily do it at home to use up your yarn stash.
Cast your eyes around you and have a think about a place or an object in your house that could do with brightening up with something a little different – I bet you could find something! It might be a bicycle or a plant pot or even some garden furniture, but whatever it is, it is bound to turn out beautiful. And doesn’t the world need a little colour brought to it right now?
We would just love some of our followers to share their yarn bombing projects at home and we might even share those we love the most on our social media! We might just consider a yarn bombing workshop in Belfast in the near future…