Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing

The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

Book - 2009
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Excerpted in The National Post and Geist magazine
Featured in The New York Times on The New Yorker's book blog
Now in its third printing

On city street corners, around telephone posts, through barbed wire fences, and over abandoned cars, a quiet revolution is brewing. "Knit graffiti" is an international guerrilla movement that started underground and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities, and genders. Its practitioners create stunning works of art out of yarn, then "donate" them to public spaces as part of a covert plan for world yarn domination.

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti is the definitive guidebook to covert textile street art. This full-color DIY book features 20 kick-ass 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. Along the way, it provides tips on how to be as stealthy as a ninja, demonstrates how to orchestrate a large-scale textile project, and offers revealing information necessary to design your own yarn graffiti tags. 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.

Join the yarn bombing revolution!

Includes 20-plus patterns and a foreword by Amy Singer, the editor of Knitty.com

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German-language rights sold to Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781551522555
Branch Call Number: 746.43 M785y
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 21 x 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Prain, Leanne 1976-


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Nov 29, 2012

Worth reading for the interviews and other content even if you're just a person into street art and skip right over the patterns.

ChristchurchLib Apr 19, 2012

Read the blog post <a href="http://cclblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/have-wool-will-transform-the-city/">Have wool, will transform the city</a> on the Christchurch City Libraries blog.

Dec 21, 2010

Inspiring book on yarnbombers around the world. History and patterns included. Good photography. Uplifting book that makes you smile.

Feb 02, 2010

How to use useless knitting projects instead of paint for graffiti.

Dec 10, 2009

An enjoyable book about a strangely subversive activity: creating knitwear pieces for objects like sign posts, statues, and fences to humanize urban landscapes. Good coffee table book with lots of gorgeously-shot examples of yarn bombing in the community, and more expansive fibre art installations like the Italian Bunny. Tongue-in-cheek humour comparing knitters to hip-hop ninjas. What elevates this book beyond the coffee table is the instructions for how to start your own yarn bombing crew.

Don't be surprised if you see yarn bombing popping up in Ottawa over the next few months. In fact Ottawa's own Spins'n'Needles will be doing an installation as part of Winterlude!

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