You just HAVE to see these epic yarnbombs!
Hours of research have gone into this article with one (well, okay, two) key goals in mind: to find yarnbombs that most of you have never seen, and to make sure they’re awesomely epic. This is especially a challenge because the members of my Crocheters Anonymous Yarnbombers group know their stuff, so I’m anxious to know what they have to say about this, too.
Snapshots from an Epic Yarnbomb in Lisbon, Portugal
Guerrilha Crochet coordinated a large and beautiful yarnbombing adventure that took place in Lisbon, Portugal. Many crocheters collaborated on the project, contributing stunning handmade granny squares in blue and white that were stitched together to create this large display piece.
So that you can get a sense of the joy of a collaborative, epic yarnbombing excursion, let me share with you some of the highlights of that yarnbombing in Portugal. Click the photo below to see a full-sized gallery full of great photos.
Milan’s Epic Yarnbomb
This yarnbomb in Milan is one of the wildest I’ve seen yet. What do you think?
“Best of Luck, Nuclear World” Apocalyptic Epic Yarnbomb by Carol Hummel
Buddha Enlightened – 2 Be, Bodhgaya Exhibition Grounds, Bodhgaya, India – 2011
Buddha Enlightened – 2 Be, Gandhi Maidan Museum, Patna, Bihar, India – 2011
“‘Best of Luck, Nuclear World’ builds upon the Indian tradition of wrapping string around Banyan trees for good luck and to make wishes come true.
Each day for 9 days, Carol Hummel wrapped this tree in the colors of the flags of the 9 countries that possess nuclear warheads.
As the strings are wrapped, the colors weave together to form a colorful fabric, an analogy about the hope that by interweaving our cultures, we can create something of beauty instead of destruction.” -Carol Hummel
“Knit-Wits” Epic Yarnbomb Tokyo
Knitters collaborated via social media to organize surprise yarnbombs around Tokyo
Meanwhile, in Ireland…
The Galway Hooker statue in Eyre Square, Galway, Ireland is a monument representing a traditional fishing boat called a Galway Hooker.
Inspired by a local teacher, over 100 schoolchildren, their families, and friends put together over 2000 patches to yarnbomb this monument. 300 balls of wool were used for this project.
And Then There’s Seattle
This epic yarnbombing in Seattle occurred in 2012, but this is the first time I’ve seen it. There is a statue of a baseball glove in honor of the Seattle Mariners just outside Safeco Stadium in Seattle.
Apparently there are people who like to knit and cheer at baseball games. A lot of them. They’re known as “Stitch and Pitch.” Who knew?
The mastermind consulting on the project was noted Seattle yarnbomber Suzanne Tidwell. That’s her photo above.
Once the yarnbomb was dismantled, the knitting was send to children under the World Visions U.S.A. with Knit for Kids Initiative.
Ah… the Artistry of the French
There’s no way this photo can do justice to the experience of walking under this canopy of crocheted flowers at Musee de Chazal, Sauliac Sur Cele, France. This work is a muted reminiscence of Chihuly’s glass garden ceilings, which pop and vibrate with the kind of color that only a substance like glass can portray.
Alabama Goes Big with This Epic Yarnbombed Tree
For starters, it’s not a tree.
It’s a sturdy wire framework on a sturdy wooden base with wire “branches.” If you’ll click on the photo of the tree above, you can see how stunning this work is.
The primary artist was Jennifer Marsh in collaboration with the International Fiber Collective. The project is called “Interdependence,” and it debuted in Huntsville, Alabama. The leaves were created using a variety of techniques: sewing, crochet, knit, mixed media, etc., and the were created and provided by people all over the United States and the world. You can see individual leaves and the artists’ profiles here.
Let’s Venture South for an Epic Yarnbomb in Chile
And Far North up to Iceland
This yarnbombed bus is the work of Reykjavík Underground Yarnstormers. I mean, if there’s one place a warm and cozy yarnbombing would be welcome, I think Iceland is a lovely fit, don’t you?
About 30 crafters and artists were involved with the project. I really encourage you to visit their page and see the photos of the work in progress in detail. There is really some beautiful work to see, and they look like they’re having a blast.
The Melbourne Central Stitch: Another Epic Yarnbomb
Melbourne’s Central shopping centre got some geometric flair in 2014 with this yarnbombing with blankets composed of knit triangles. Yarn Corner was the sponsor behind the project. If you visit their Facebook Page and click Photos, you can see the progress of this project down at the very bottom of all the photos.
Feeling Stumped? A Final Epic Yarnbomb
So, we’re back in the United States for this last yarnbomb. When I saw this one, my jaw dropped. What a cool thing to imitate the rings of a tree in yarn.
What’s even cooler is that it’s a hooked rug that has been upcycled using thrift store clothes and blankets.
You’ve just got to check out the page that I found this on; it’s chock full of cool stuff including more yarnbombed stumps.
That’s All, Folks
I sure hope you’ve enjoyed epic yarnbombs, and it would be neat if you’d comment on the one’s you’ve seen before, what you know about them, what you think of these, etc.
Your comments help me determine what kinds of articles and content to produce for you. There’s a whole world of wonder and excitement in crochet and other fiber arts that I rarely see condensed into one place. That’s our goal at Crocheters Anonymous, and one of the best payoffs is when I see those “Wow”s in your comments.
So, what in the world of crochet shall we explore next?