What a night! And sadly, I missed it all. But I think I had even more fun showing up afterwards to see the amazing job that was done by everyone that showed up to help. It was a pretty rough day at my house and to come home and find these two incredible clock towers was the perfect distraction. How could you do anything else but smile when you see these. What a creative effort by everyone. Let’s go Rebel Yarners! I can’t wait to see what the neighbors say.
Our first group yarnbombing is tonight and I’ve been crocheting up a storm. I figure it’s faster than knitting and I can do larger work on short notice. But most importantly, I’ve been learning a lot and getting some really fun ideas that I can’t wait to share with everyone.
So finish your strips, pack your knitting needles and crochet hooks and gather round the clocks between 8 and 10. I can’t wait to see the finished pieces!
Thursday, October 28
Meet at the large clock in downtown Maplewood or the clock in Spiotta Park in South Orange.
Bring a knitted/crocheted strip. Any color or width. Make it either 21″, 25″ or 58″ long.
We will be covering both clocks in yarn.
Just in time for the Halloween parade.
If you’d like you can meet at 7pm at the G.A.S. Gallery at 411 Ridgewood Road to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibit and join in the merriment later at St. James Gate.
Bring your families and tell whoever you think may be interested.
Should be lots of fun!
Wikipedia defines Yarnbombing as:
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, graffiti knitting or yarnstorming is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted cloth rather than paint or chalk. While yarn installations – called yarn bombs or knit bombs – may last for years, they are considered non-permanent, and, unlike graffiti, can be easily removed if necessary. The practice is believed to have originated in the U.S. with Texas knitters trying to find a creative way to use their leftover and unfinished knitting projects, but it has since spread worldwide.
Due to the nonpermanent nature of yarnbombing there are some suggestions we make for your work.
- Have fun! Since it is a form of grafitti, you may choose to do your yarbombing undercover. Think Ninja knitting….. Many have tagged before you in masks, ski caps, costumes. You may choose to do the same or rather by cover of night or early morning. There are others of us who are happy to tag in public. Either way, have fun.
- Take an alias……If you choose to be an anonymous yarnbomber.
- Leave a note. Do you have a message for those that find your art work? Do you want to lead them to the online gallery where all the work will be displayed? Maybe there’s another fiber artist out there that wants to join our ranks. Feel free to attach a note. I suggest having it laminated to protect it from the rain.
- Take a picture. There is no way to guarantee that your work will not be removed. Take a picture that day or come back the next to photograph your work. You can download your photos to our Facebook page (Rebel Yarns), blog (rebelyarns.wordpress.com) or online gallery (http://www.galleryandstudio.org/). Many of these pictures will be used in our final gallery exhibit.
- Drop off swatches. Any size, any color, any shape. There will be a box located at the Framing Mill where you can continue to drop off swatches until the spring. We will sew these together for our final yarnbombing project, an installation artpiece for the G.A.S. Gallery.
- Spread the word. Tell your friends & family, start a knitting circle, teach your kids , their classroom, their scout troop. Yarnbomb alone, in a group, as a neighborhood. The more tags there are the more fun we’re having, the more our community has to look at. Post to MOL, keep up with the Facebook page and blog. Start a yarn swap. Be creative. Look around your neighborhood, what needs more color, a greater sense of humor, a touch of beauty, a simple statement.
You don’t even need to know how to knit or crochet to join in the art action. You can weave, wrap or tie your yarn. Or take the opportunity to learn to knit or crochet. There will be plenty of classes, knitting circles or new friends to learn from.
Suggested websites for inspiration and information
http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro.htm – allows you to upload any graphic to a web application, which will automatically turn your picture into a chart suitable for knit, crochet, and
There are only five more days until our community yarnbombing begins. Take a look around you as you drive through town. Did you notice a spot that needs a little extra color. Perhaps you’re in a Halloween mood and want to create some extra goblins for the holiday. Or maybe you’re creating an original work of art that needs a special local home. Well, start thinking and planning because there’s only a few more days until we begin.