Monday, May 28, 2012
Yarn Bombed Chair
Here it is! My first attempt at yarn bombing. What do you think?
Just in case you're wondering - yarn bombing is a kind of graffiti using yarn or fiber instead of paint or chalk to create colorful displays (yes, I'm paraphrasing from Wikipedia).
I've been itching to try it for quite some time, but couldn't decide what I wanted to encase in yarn. Something simple. Something functional. Something at home (no wrapping up trees or park benches for me). I decided to start with a child sized chair when I came up a picture of a yarn bombed chair from Lion Brand Yarn.
Luck was with me when I salvaged this little chair from my apartment building's trash pile. Love it when my neighbors toss out things I can work with! I hauled the chair back upstairs, peeled off the stickers, gave the chair a good scrubbing and then set it aside until I had the right combination of yarn to pair with it.
Around the time I found the chair, I was also learning how to crochet granny squares. I intended to make the "Granny Greenbag" project from that Craft Activism book I told you about a few months ago. I chose to use the cheerful Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton yarns for the project, bought all ten colors and started churning out granny squares.
Then, as it so often happens, I changed my mind mid-way through the project and decided I'd rather use the granny squares on my chair instead of making a shopping bag.
So I pieced the squares together and crocheted edges that would be folded under and attached under the wooden seat.
I used a staple gun around the edges (under the seat) to secure the crocheted seat cover to the wood. Then I simply wrapped yarn around the three chair slats.
I crocheted a little turquoise and yellow cap to slide over the top of the chair back. As you can see, I had a little trouble piecing the rectangles together... yes, it's crooked, but still, I think the red contrast looks right against the blue and yellow.
Lastly, I used one of the flower patterns I found on Pinterest to create a few flowers to sprinkle across the back of the chair cap.
And I was finished.
Initially, I'd planned to yarn bomb my chair much as the Lion Brand chair had been - 100% covered in yarn. However, I decided leaving parts of the wood exposed actually lent a more summery feel to the finished piece and contrasted beautifully with the bright yarn colors.
So there it is. My first stab at yarn bombing. Fun. A little challenging to figure out the necessary shapes to make the seat cover. Definitely time consuming. But worth it, because now I can say that I've yarn bombed!
And, since I stopped when I did, I have plenty of left-over yarn and a couple of really exciting ideas about what to do with it. Would love to have another crocheted item or two to share with you before the week is out, so I guess I should stop blabbing and get crocheting!