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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 | 0 comments

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

As one of their many community-building activities, the Alexandria Beatley library  is conducting their annual Yarn Storm this month. The Yarn Storm has two parts – an exhibit of miniature yarn animal vignettes made by the Del Ray Yarn Bombers, and a yarn display made up of donated scarves that the library later donates to a nonprofit called Community Lodgings. Last year, the Beatley staff covered two inside pillars, as well as a book cart, and they donated more than 100 scarves. In collaboration with the library, the Del Ray Yarn Bombers created vignettes of woodland creatures, marine life, and more. Here are some sneak previews of the work you’ll see at the library. (Their last project was on a completely different scale involving six giant donuts for the Sugar Shack donut shop.) The Yarn Storm is on display from November 16 to December 10. The Beatley library is accepting handmade or store-bought scarves until December 10. You can drop them off when the library is open. For hours, see the Beatley Library website. To...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 | 8 comments

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers’ Donut Commission

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers’ Donut Commission

What do you get when you take yarn, old tires, and a crew of hard-core knitters? Yarn bombed donuts, of course! This is the latest project for the Del Ray Yarn Bombers commissioned by Rob Krupicka, owner of the new Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee opening soon in Old Town. We’re just coming off of our recent Art on the Avenue project where we yarn bombed a collection of chairs that now reside in various restaurants on the Ave. And we’re excited to get going on this endeavor, especially knowing it involves frequent donut samplings. Rob enticed us with a dozen at one of our Art on the Avenue workshops recently to get our creative juices flowing. We admired the variety of toppings before devouring them, and the photos now serve as a way for us to design the knitting patterns. One of our star yarn bombers, Stephanie, a math whiz, has already figured out how to knit the donut shape. Even if I can’t understand the math, I have...

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Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Seeking Yarn Bombers for Art on the Avenue 2014

Seeking Yarn Bombers for Art on the Avenue 2014

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers have an exciting new deadline: Art on the Avenue in Del Ray on Saturday, October 4! (You may recall our recent projects – a yarn bomb bike for VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, and our award-winning yarn bomb holiday tree.) Since then, we’ve been invited by the event planners to contribute a public art work to display at Del Ray’s signature art and music festival. So after some brainstorming, in partnership with UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC), we’ve decided to yarn bomb a set of chairs that we’ll display on the big stage. After the event, we’ll place the chairs in various Del Ray establishments for the neighborhood to enjoy for months to come. Lucky for us, UpCycle CRC received a donation of banquet chairs so these are now our palette! Our work space is UpCycle as well, where the owners, Kelley and Susan, have generously offered to let us use their studio time from now until our big reveal. What’s more, UpCycle CRC is letting us use their...

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 | 3 comments

An Old School Bike Gets Yarn Bombed

An Old School Bike Gets Yarn Bombed

After finishing our first big showcase project — the award-winning 10-foot holiday tree —  the Del Ray Yarn Bombers set our sights on something completely different. Christian Myers, owner of VéloCity Bicycle Cooperative, donated a retro kids bike to decorate. It has a banana seat, plenty ‘o rust, flat tires, and no chain. The perfect canvas. We started working on the project at UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC) a few hours at a time. We keep a dedicated “yarn bomb box” there with donated acrylic yarn and bits and bobs from our earlier projects. Visitors, kids and grown-ups alike, often joined in the fun, wrapping parts of the bike with their choice of yarn. No knitting or crochet skills required. Miruna, a skilled knitter, designed the seat cover with loopy yarn and fitted it on the seat during a work session. Earlier this year, we had a well-attended work session at St. Elmos Coffee Pub just to make pompoms for the bike. Most of them adorn the bike now. Miruna...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 | 3 comments

Constructing the Yarn Bomb Holiday Tree

Constructing the Yarn Bomb Holiday Tree

Throughout the fall, many volunteer stitchers have been working nonstop on crochet or knit squares, garlands, and ornaments to adorn a holiday tree that coincides with the Del Ray Business Association’s annual display on the Mt. Vernon Avenue. We’ve amassed an impressive number of contributions and with only weeks to go, we now have the tree armature ready too. The intrepid owners of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center (CRC), whose mission is to collect and redistribute reusable materials for art and learning purposes, built an impressive structure – the armature – that will provide space for every inch of yarn and withstand the elements during the holiday season. The real-life construction looks a lot like the original sketch, wouldn’t you say? Metal clamps secure the wires that extend down to the hula hoops on each level. We straightened out sections of chicken wire and cut them to size to fit between the hoops and mimic the look of an evergreen tree. It’s so tall, we had to move it close...

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