If you attended More Than Just a Yardage Sale in May, you had the opportunity to see the work of the Yarn Bombers – a group of artists who created the knitted and crocheted sculptures that adorned the bike racks and a planter just outside the Textile Museum entrance on Centre Avenue. The swatches and sculptural pieces were contributed by about 30 people from Toronto and as far away as New York City, Oregon, Vancouver and the United Kingdom. Here are just a few:
• Greta Grip submitted a hand-knit “breakfast” complete with bacon, toast and eggs!
• The Savvy Girls: These sisters host a knitting related podcast and submitted lots of felted squares.
• Leslie Carscadden, a teacher at Subway Academy II in Toronto, submitted swatches on behalf of her students who are learning to knit: Emma E., Alena G., Kelvin L., Jessica M., Erica P., Tiffany S., Rebecca S., Lisa S. and Brittney V. Most of them submitted the very first swatches they had ever created.
• Wendy Feldberg contributed an amazing crocheted “crown” that sat atop a bicycle rack.
• Jane McRonald submitted the cutest little bird (pattern by Joey’s House).
• Claire P helped with the installation and took lots of pictures.
• Linda Love and Beth Newfeld sent some fun sculptural pieces; Claudia Ross from Hamilton sent some spring-like cotton swatches; Momoko Ito from Vancouver sent some lovely purple swatches, and Ann Posen, chair of the Textile Museum’s board of trustees, hosted an assembly party.
• Alisa of Fibre Person made two bike rack toppers and helped put the entire project together.
For more on the creation and installation and to see many more pictures, visit Alisa’s Fibre Person blog.
Strand News is the online meeting place for members of the Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada. Our annual fundraisers, including the Textile Bazaar, support Museum programs and exhibitions.