From Yarn-Bombing to sewing, 3 textile projects to do with friends

When fiber artist Pamela Palma found herself with an abundance of leftover yarn from previous projects, she decided to “bomb” her art studio column. Soon visitors began stopping by his studio to see his art. and the pole covered with wire. The project and the attention it received inspired her to create a guild of fiber artists called Fantastic Fibers Miami. Since then, the group has worked as a team to create wirebomb spaces.

According to Palma, the best way to start preparing for yarn bombing is to ask people to donate their spare yarn — and not be picky. “We’re especially happy when we get things you’d never really want to wear, like gross acrylic or bright colors,” Palma explained. These types of yarns are excellent for bombing because of their bright hues and eye-catching textures.

Then, knit or crochet long panels of wool that you can bring to the site; if you’re working with columns or another simple shape, try wrapping the pieces around the architecture. An easy way to secure the top and bottom panels together is to safety pin them, although you may need a lot. When Fantastic Fibers bombed Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art in January, they used around 10,000 safety pins.

Finally, Palma’s top tip for beginners is to avoid guerrilla style yarn bombing – where you cover a site in fiber art without permission. Instead, try working with a landlord or arts institution to secure a space. “When you know you have community support, then you know they’re going to take care of it,” Palma noted.

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