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Yarn Bombing - The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

Yarn Bombing

The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti

By Mandy Moore & Leanne Prain
Categories: Cultural Studies, Crafts & Hobbies, Visual Arts
Paperback : 9781551522555, 232 pages, 2009
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Excerpted in The National Post and Geist magazine
Featured in The New York Times on The New Yorker's book blog
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.

Join the yarn bombing revolution!

Includes 20-plus patterns and a foreword by Amy Singer, the editor of Knitty. com

For more information, visit the following:

http://www. telegraph. co. uk/news/uknews/4305406/Knitters-turn-to-graffiti-artists-with-yarnbombing. html
http://www. thesun. co. uk/sol/homepage/features/article2156560. ece
http://www. theglobeandmail. com/servlet/story/RTGAM. 20090130. wlyarn30/BNStory/lifeMain/home

German-language rights sold to Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur


These guerrilla knitters take to the streets and leave knitted "tags" in their hometown, much like Banksy would if he had a pair of knitting needs. With interviews and tips, this is an inspiring book for knitters and urban art fans alike.
-Knitting magazine (UK)

- Knitting

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

- Quill and Quire

Great photos, stories, and instructions.
-Utne Reader

- Utne Reader

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.

- Maisonneuve

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

- Georgia Straight

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 realise 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).
-OffTheHooks (craftyash. blogspot. com)

- OffTheHooks

[Yarn Bombing] has the perfect mix of technical proficiency, humour, and dedicated artistry that makes knitting communities so popular. ... There's something here for everyone.

- subTerrain

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.
-Craftzine. com


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 library's patrons to knit or crochet cozies for the trees on your library's property.
-Library Journal

- Library Journal

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.
-Toronto Star

- Toronto Star

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

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

- New York Times

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.
-Montreal Mirror

- Montreal Mirror