Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
Co-authored by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain (Arsenal Pulp Press, September 2009). Now in its third printing.
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.
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Canadian distributor: Jaguar
US distributor: Consortium
Available in North America, Australia and the UK!
To receive a copy 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.
Yarn Bombing in Translation
The book is also available in the German language from Droemer Knaur:
Praise for Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti
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
Great photos, stories, and instructions.
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
Yarn Bombing really strives to give readers a full window into this growing movement…. No stone is left unturned (or without a cozy) in this comprehensive book.
Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain have written the definitive guidebook—published by Vancouver’s fabulous Arsenal Pulp Press—to covert textile street art…. The kick-ass DIY patterns ensure that your attempts at transforming your own locale will move well beyond your grandma’s tea cosy.
—The Georgia Straight
There are photos on every page that will keep you entertained…. [some] are quite impressive, like a pink crocheted army tank cozy. My favourite is “The Hare,” a 200-foot-long pink bunny by Vienna-based art collective Gelatin, stuffed with straw and completely knitted with wool.
The book is beautifully put together and offers a history of yarn graffiti, as well as how to start your own projects, and patterns. I didn’t realize how much of a movement was going on with yarn bombing. I’ve been thinking about trying it for a long time and this book may have just given me that extra inspiration (along with great tutorials).
With a part-instructional new Canadian book released in September and winter on the way, guerrilla knitting seems likely to spread. (After all, poles need sweaters, too.) In Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, Vancouver authors Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore trace the whimsical movement back to an Austin, Texas, crew called Knitta Please, who tagged a doorknob in Houston in 2005 and spurred a “knit-graffiti revolution” that spread across the blogosphere and around the world.
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.
Yarn Bombing is not just a history of the movement, but a how-to guide for aspiring yarn bombers themselves…. [It’s] a good reminder that craft, yarn-based or otherwise, is as legitimate a form of expression as any other medium.