Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing

Did you know that yarn bombing is a real thing? Like, a legitimate art form?! Check out these gorgeous yarn bombs from around the globe (photo creds in each photo description).

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From Wikipedia
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From Design Milk
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From Buzzfeed
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From Buzzfeed

My good friend Kristy has been yarn bombing her neighborhood in NYC and everywhere else she visits (from California to Iceland) for years now. When she visited our family a few years ago she yarn bombed my street sign and a rock in our front yard. BAM! I was hooked.

I am game for anything colorful that I can make with my own two hands. Let it be known that I do not know how to knit or crochet. However, that has not stopped me from yarn bombing exploits! I simply went to our local Goodwill and neighborhood thrift shops and picked up various multi colored afghans and scarves. I chopped them up, attached them to a tree in my back yard (sewing them up with simple needle and thread) and voila! New life given to the faded glory of a thrift shop blanket. Below is my humble addition to the world of yarn bombing…

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There are afghans, knitted scarves and colorful skeins of wool covering this tree in our backyard. It has become a focal point in our yard.

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Another view of our backyard yarnbomb tree…

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This tree is in our front yard. If you are looking to add a little color to your landscape, yarn bombing could be for you. Have at it; you can’t go wrong with this art form.

Full disclosure: Over time, yarn left outside will fade. The elements will do a number on your brightly colored patchworks of bombs. BUT. You should be able to get one to three years of life out of a yarn bomb project. I am on year two of my backyard tree and it still looks pretty good. If you live in an area with a lot of rain (sadly, here in the Bay Area we are in a drought so yarn bombs stay regrettably pristine) you may get your colors washed out faster.

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Transplanted from NYC to the Bay Area with 4 kids, a husband and a children's accessory company called Trulaaluu. I am inspired by my family, adoption, my friends, good design, running, beautiful spaces, social media connections and creating. Welcome to Dwelling by Design.
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