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.
By Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain (Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2009)
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
Canadian distributor: Jaguar
US distributor: Consortium
Now available in North America, Australia and the UK!
To receive a copy (with a free yarn bombing button) order direct from the Yarn Bombing page on the Arsenal Pulp Press website or ask your local bookseller or yarn shop to stock it for you.
Translated into German by Droemer Knaur.