Brisbane Yarn Bombing and Craft

A couple of trees near my local Brisbane shopping street have recently sprouted branches with bright, knitted bark and hand-made crochet flowers. Have you seen this new species of tree yourself?

Yarn Bombing

Yarn Bombing

With an increasing interest in all things handmade, I’m predicting this winter, in Brisbane and towns throughout Queensland, we’ll see more statues wearing hand knitted scarves and light posts adorned with bright stockings. Take a look at Warwick’s Jumpers and Jazz Festival for example.

Craft graffiti is sometimes called “yarn bombing”. Yarn bombing isn’t always just about making things pretty, it’s also part of a movement called “craftivism” which uses creativity to send messages of peace and love and encourages us to make positive changes in the world.

There’s a nice parallel with the Flower Power hippie movement from the 1960s which also used peaceful means to protest against the Vietnam war.

These two ideas have been brought together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Flower Power with a giant 10 metre long craft creation which has contributions from crafters from 24 countries.  You’ll be able to see it exhibited at the 2016 Stitches and Craft Show in Brisbane 17 – 20 March at the Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Bank.

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I always look forward to this show to see all of the clever ideas crafters have. I’m also a fan of vintage fashion and there will be displays of vintage dressing and even a pop up salon where you can have your hair and make up done vintage style.

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Vintage Style in Brisbane – Miss Chrissy

Let me know, in the comments section below, if you’ve seen some yarn bombing in Brisbane.

The Stitches and Craft Show
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 March
Brisbane and Exhibition Centre
South Bank




About Dianne McLay

Australian writer, author and photographer. Author of 3 guidebooks: Brisbane's Best Bush, Bay & City Walks -- Best of Brisbane guide book -- Best Village & Coastal Walks of the Sunshine Coast. Photographer for "Building Brisbane's History - the fascinating stories behind the city's most notable buildings and structures" Editor of
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