Yarn Bombing/Graffiti Knitting

A while a go my son introduced me to Guerilla Knitting. If you’ve not heard of it before this is the Wikipedia definition: 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. …  

Search the web and  you will find examples from all over the world.  Here are some of my favourite:

This was one of the first examples I saw and I still love it.

The 2 pictures below show statues embellished  as part of the Leicester  Comedy Festival back in February 12, when Thomas certainly needed his scarf. There are more pictures on A sewing Odyssey .

 

This is my favourite example. I just love the colours.

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Girl on a bicycle

This is one of the cards I most enjoyed making during  the last 12 months. It was based on 2 different cards from the Craft stamper magazine May and June 2011. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral and Elegent Flourish die cutters and an Indigo Blu stamp Grand Tour 1. I made the background paper myself using strips of text and music paper with  a coating of gesso and distress  ink. I had to make boxes to present them in as the flowers made them too deep for envelopes.

Sofa Quilts

Here are my three of my quilts  that live on the back of the sofa ready for anyone to wrap themselves in when watching TV. They where made mainly using fat quarters that I got from America.  I like smaller quilts as they don’t take so long to make, as I’m a very, very slow quilter.

Fiona’s camera cake

My daughter is a talented baker and cake maker. She specialises in wheat free recipes.  Last year she collaborated on a project with  my son, this is the result. I think they were bored!

Adam’s Website

My Adam  son is studying textile design at Norwich University College of the Arts . You might like to have a look at his website, there are some interesting designs. He is also a knitter

My favourite place to knit

I was just thinking about all the unusual  locations I’ve knitted in over the years. The majority of my knitting is done in  winter under a quilt while watching old black and white films, The 39 Steps (1935 version) is a favourite.

Then I got to thinking about one place in the world I would love to sit and knit  would be on the veranda of The Tree House on Cranberry Lake just outside Kingston in Ontario. Here are some pictures, see if you agree?

It’s much hotter in Canada in the summer than here, more like Spain and very humid. On the day these photos were taken it was 30 c.

Miniature Book

I thought I’d show some of the things I’ve made recently. This is a miniature book I made on a wonderful WEA card making course back in March. The tutor Angela Cutting is one of by favourite artists and an inspiration. Her blog Angela’s Ink Spot is well worth a look.

Hand Knitted Dresses

My dissertation at Art College was on hand knitting and I managed to pick up masses of old knitting patterns from old fashioned wool shops, I don’t know how the swim suit would have stood up to sea water, but it looks very fetching.

1940’s Cardigan

I started to think about all the items I’ve knitted over the years and after a search through the loft I found this cardigan I knitted while I was at Art College in the early 70’s. It was taken from a wonderful book called A Stitch in Time packed with patterns from the 1920’s to 1940’s. After searching the internet I found that it has been updated and is still available.

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