Warwick Art Gallery's Yarnbombing Team
In 2014 the Gallery yarn bombing team created a remarkable knitted, crochet, felted and wrapped installation inspired by an old fashioned kitchen. Our Knitchen attracted a massive audience and was one of the Gallery’s most popular exhibitions ever. Since then we have had an energetic and creative team of yarn artists who meet regularly at Warwick Art Gallery throughout the year. Yarn bombing projects naturally involve the participation of many willing hands using their knitting needles and crochet hooks dreaming up quirky ideas and clever objects to transform.
The big indoor installation we are currently working is titled The Front Room. In July 2021, we will be turning the Warwick Art Gallery “front room” (our Orange Wall Gallery) into a very groovy, retro living room.
A huge thank you to all our wonderful pom-pom makers. I have estimated that we will need around 4.5 square metres of pom-poms to make our psychedelic shag pile rug, and we are almost there! We now need about 300 more pom-poms, and we now need some lighter neutral colours - CREAM, BEIGE and LIGHT BROWN (if you have pom-poms you have already made in the other colours we asked for earlier please send them in, too!). Pom-poms should be around 7.5 cm to 10cm (3 to 4 inches) in diameter, and you need to leave the long piece of yarn you use to tie them, as we will use it to attach them. Please send your pom-poms into the gallery by the end of July.
These little hearts have been part of our team activities for the past few years, and we give away thousands of them during Jumpers and Jazz in July each year, as a random act of kindness. If you would like to join our lovebombing project, the Queen Babs “Super Easy Heart” crochet pattern is the one we are using and is available on her website: http://yarnbombersunited.weebly.com/super-easy-heart.html Make them in any colour - they are a great way to use up small scraps of yarn.
Yucca Yarn bombs
We are thrilled with the response for our call out for new yucca wraps to brighten our Yarntopian Gardens. On the right you can see some of the gorgeous wraps that our team members have sent in so far. We are using a colour scheme that will go with our Front Room installation. Yucca wraps can be knitted or crocheted, and should be striped (thick or thin vertical, horizontal or diagonal stripes are all fine, as are ripples and chevrons). Please select your colours from the picture below - we are looking for browns, warm purples, magenta, pinkish reds, hot pink, burnt orange, orange, gold, yellow, mustard, warm greens such as chartreuse, pistachio & olive green.
Please make your rectangles in any of the following sizes: 90cm long x 25cm wide, 100cm long x 30cm wide, 110cm long x 40cm wide and 120cm long x 50cm wide. If you are keen, you can taper them to fit and there will be less wastage of yarn/overlapping. Tapered wraps will be very handy in larger sizes, as the thicker Yuccas have a much more tapered shape. The width can be reduced gradually until they are half the width at the top, eg. 110cm long x 40cm-20cm wide and 120cm long x 50cm- 25cm wide.
VINTAGE WALL ART EXHIBITION and VINTAGE VINYL ALBUM SLEEVES - these are ideal projects for those yarn/textile artists who are looking for a challenge! Please read our latest newsletter at the link below for more information.