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Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

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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 ...

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Overview

As seen in The New York Times and The New Yorker

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 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.

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"It is part coffee-table book, with color photographs of creative bombs, and part tutorial, with tips like wearing 'ninja' black to avoid capture. The book borrows from the vernacular of street graffiti and half-jokingly positions yarn bombing as an illicit alternative for knitters bored making yet another Christmas sweater. It asks readers to get off their rocking chairs and 'take back the knit.'" —New York Times

"Great photos, stories, and instructions." —Utne Reader

"In Yarn Bombing, beautiful full-page photos illustrate the unique visual balance of street art and traditional stitching.... After reading it you may well be inspired to pick up your needles or obtain your first crochet hook: Novices are welcome, and full chapters are devoted to tutorials." —Bitch

"Yarn Bombing extends Stitch 'n' Bitch's approach to knitting, appealing to hipster knitters with attractive photography and irreverent patterns, reclaiming knitting as an act that is both feminist and anarchic."—Quill and Quire

"An inspiring and unforgettable look at the world of knit graffiti and the creative folks behind it, Yarn Bombing deserves a place on any hip crafter's bookshelf." —Debbie Stoller, editor-in-chief of BUST magazine and author of the Stitch 'n Bitch books

Library Journal
Yarn bombing—the act of positioning knitted objects in public spaces—is becoming increasingly popular around the world. Canadian knitters Moore and Prain provide an introduction and history of this creative phenomenon as well as simple projects and suggestions for would-be "taggers." Don't be surprised if this book inspires your patrons to knit or crochet cozies for the trees on your library's property.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551522555
  • Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 585,046
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Mandy Moore is the technical editrix of popular online knitting magazine Knitty.com, and of various other knitting and crochet books and publications. She blogs about her life at yarnageddon.com. She lives in Vancouver, BC. Leanne Prain co-founded a stitch and bitch called Knitting and Beer in order to expand her skills while knitting at the pub. A professional graphic designer, Leanne holds degrees in creative writing, art history, and publishing. She lives and knits in Vancouver, BC.
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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    BOOM you have been bombed

    I do not knit or crochet, but I love this book because it creates a bubble of laughter each time I page through it and look at the photos of yarn bombing projects. My son's girlfriend is a yarn bomber and has posted some of the tags she has made. The last time I visited, she had this book and I peeked inside. I enjoyed reading the interviews for background information on how this all started and what inspires the people who are involved. They add color to the world. I really like the tank with the pink cover. Buy this book and give it to a friend who loves knitting and who has a whimsical sense of humor

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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