Yarn bombers go on a training run

STARTING YOUNG: Yarn bombing apprentice Lilly Harmon, 7, of Lismore, gets some training on how to create her own designs.
STARTING YOUNG: Yarn bombing apprentice Lilly Harmon, 7, of Lismore, gets some training on how to create her own designs. Marc Stapelberg

A NEW generation of Northern Rivers' guerrillas have been busy training in unconventional textile warfare.

Not to worry though - it's just the Lismore Yarn Guerrilla's latest set of raring recruits, who were taking part in a yarn craft workshop at Lismore Shopping Square yesterday.

The workshop coincides with the recent yarn bombing of the shopping centre by the opportunistic 'knittfiti' crew.

Lismore Yarn Guerrilla Jade Johnston, who was running the workshop, was thrilled to crowds of kids getting involved in the colourful revolution.

"It's about bringing a bit of fun to people and lightening their day. It's a surprise and it appeals to people's fun side," she said.

"We've had a lot of families through yesterday and today. People who are just looking for a quick, fun activity to do with the kids during the holidays.

"Kids are returning saying they've been making them overnight at home too."

Yarn bombing is all about adorning the public arena with yarn based creations and Ms Johnston said if she could yarn bomb anywhere, it would be a kid's playground.

Ian Harmon attended the workshop with his daughter Lilly, aged 7, who was all smiles as she crafted her own colourful creation.

"We came down and had a look yesterday, so we decided to come back and have a go today," he said.

"It's great to give the kids something to do and get them out from in front of the TV."

The workshops, at the cost of a gold coin donation, will run daily from 10am to noon until Friday


Textile Tactics

Yarn bombing personalises sterile public places.

Originated in Texas to use leftover yarn.

Dubbed yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting or graffiti knitting.

Topics:  craft knitting

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