Alachua County Library. Yarn bombing: the art of crochet and knit graffiti

 

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti / 2009

Authors: Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain

This guidebook to covert textile street art features twenty 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.

The great thing about yarn graffiti is that anything goes: you don’t need to worry about finding a style and color to flatter your figure or using a yarn that will wear well. Your projects can be as simple or as technically challenging as your heart desires.

Pull away from the typical knitted hats and scarves! Most of the ideas in this book are totally practical, even though you are not into go bombing.  The book also discusses the reasoning behind yarn-bombing, from the silliest that want to make the world a little more surreal, to the most political which include war and environmental protests (crocheted army tank). It explores how one interested in yarn-bombing can develop their own views on the subject and its purpose and place in the world. Amazing knit and crochet public art projects. Giant land art installations (stuffed bunny).  Most of the included patterns are knit, though there are a few crochet patterns and several that feature a knit and crochet version. Also, in this book you can find some great places online where you can meet others with similar interests.

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