Some graffiti artists use paint, some use stickers. We crafty types use yarn. If you haven’t heard of yarn bombing or knitted graffiti yet, get yer google on! If you have, maybe you – like me – see the world a little differently than most; a taunting swirl of shapes and structures challenging you to wrap them in bright, snuggly yarn. Ok ok, yes – I surrender! Let’s cover everything in textures and energy! Goodbye to plain statues and trees that don’t hug you back. Hello newborn graffiti artist.
And then the walls inside my apartment began to talk. Psst! Why bomb the bike rack down the street? You’ll only see it when you go for a walk. You could enjoy your graffiti every day in your own home.
Egads, I’m hooked, as the crocheters say. Five skeins of 100% recycled yarn and one reclaimed Ikea chair later, here’s my prettily “upholstered” chair. (Here’s a pic of it in progress.) It will soon be for sale online and in a local gallery, but I have three more pawing at me with their little legs – almost as inconveniently as the Sesame Street U laid in to Smokey Robinson. Wish me luck!
3/7/12 update: The yellow and brown chairs are done too! Come see them here: https://knitsforlife.com/2012/05/07/yarn-bombed-furniture-at-studio-gallery-in-sf/
Wowzers! That looks fab 🙂
Thanks, SKP! I really enjoyed doing it.
in ireland its so cold, even our furnature needs leg warmers 😉
Thanks for sharing those! Oh man and how about that chair!?
my thoughts exactly.
you also mite like these
I adore them and think you mite get inspiration from them
Thanks for sharing! I am, indeed, inspired. I have a pinboard of more here http://pinterest.com/lornawatt/upcycled-chairs-inspiration/
Wow I love this chair! My husband thought I was a little crazy when I wrapped my headphone and charger cords in yarn – I can only imagine what he’ll think when I start wrapping the chairs!
Thanks! I have that headphones project on my list too! And come to think of it, I did get weird looks for a while. Like all yarn projects, they look like crap til they’re done, right?
OMG! How did you do that? Amazing work!
Thank you! I crocheted each flat panel individually, then sewed them together on the chair. It took a lot of trial and error to get the pattern to line up.
It looks so difficult. You should be so proud!
Thank you, Misty 🙂
You’re welcome 🙂
Egads, I can’t believe I never actually even thought of doing this! Great idea!
Thanks, Sarah! I know, we all have Ikea stuff, right?
That is a great idea and the execution looks amazing!
Thanks, I was really pleased. But trust me, anyone could do it, so pick your victim!
such a great idea!
Thanks, kat! Cute food blog you have there.
That’s an incredible piece of work!
Thanks, trillium! The same goes for your needlework. Nicely done 🙂
Thanks you for featuring my chair 🙂 Man, that other one you show there looks like a ton of work… I hope it’s machine knit!
Yeah I think it was, but isn’t it a beaut! =)
Greta chairs , Great blog. You have lots of life in everything you do. Wonderful.streetcolor
Thanks, streetcolor! I try to infuse every thing with vitality, from color to craft to materials to outcomes. I appreciate your comments 🙂
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