Yarn Bombing: 10 of the Most Brilliant Yarn-Bombs Ever

The problem with regular paint based graffiti or street art is that it very often needs to be painted over afterwards or, in the case of Banksy, the whole section of wall removed and wheeled off to the auction house.

Enter yarn bombing / graffiti knitting / guerilla knitting. This form of street art is far less permanent through it’s use of colourful yarn or fibre, although it’s still technically illegal in some places. The results can be beautiful, transforming regular objects like trees, cars, steps or even buildings from dull to delightful.

In London, the mysterious organisation ‘Knit The City‘ arrange covert kitting operations, jumping out into the street from their headquarters and enveloping telephone boxes and other publicly accessible object with bright yarn. Lauren O’Farrell (Deadly Knitshade) heads up Knit The City (as well as the crafty Stitch London). They have launched a woolly war on the mundane, humdrum and expected.”

The queen of crochet however has to be Magda Sayeg, winner of Design Milk’s ‘the Modern Craft Project’ competition. Magda has created yarned art for Gap, Mini and many others, widening the appeal and awareness of this fine craft.

Here are ten of our favourite yarn-bombs.

1. Tank Blanket, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pink Tank blanket / Yarn Bombing

Tank blanket / Yarn Bombing (Image: Time.com)

 2. Knitted Stairs, Sydney by Magda Sayeg

Sydney Knitted Stairs by Magda Sayeg

Sydney Knitted Stairs by Magda Sayeg

 

3. Yarn Bombed Bus by Magda Sayeg

Yarn Bombed Bus by Magda Sayeg

Yarn Bombed Bus by Magda Sayeg (Image from Design Milk)

 

4. Crocheted Mini by, you guessed it… Magda Sayeg

Yarned Mini by Magda Sayeg

Yarned Mini by Magda Sayeg (Image from Design Milk)

 

5. Tagging a Tree – Magda Sayeg

Yarn bombing a tree – Magda Sayeg (Image from Design Milk)

 

6. Cars and people yarned in Manhattan

Car & People in Manhattan. Image: Agata Olek

Car & People in Manhattan. Image: Agata Olek

 

7. From tiny yarns…

Yarned flowers on a tree (Image: Bitrebels.com)

Yarned flowers on a tree (Image: Bitrebels.com)

8. To entire trees…

Tree yarnbombing

Tree yarn bombing

Another yarned tree

Another yarned tree

9. Even the biggest trains have been yarn bombed…

Yarned train

Yarned train

10. And it’s just as effective on a small bicycle

A yarnbombed bicyle

A yarn bombed bicyle

 



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