Crocheting has always been close to my heart, something which I learnt from my Godmother and from my Primary School’s Art Club. I always find it therapeutic. However, I do not have much friends who share the same hobby and I also crochet less as I started picking up other hobbies later on in life.
Hence, imagine my excitement when I got to know makers [through the Singapore Mini Maker Faire (SMMF)] who also crochet and knit. For example, we have Ling Ling (SMMF12 & SMMF13 Maker), Huey Ling (SMMF13 Maker) and Agatha (SMMF13 Maker) who crochet different kind of things using different kind of materials.
Last year, Ling Ling even took it a step further and ran an “Intro to Crochet for Beginners” workshop during our Singapore Mini Maker Faire!
How the SMMF yarnbombing project was started
I first heard of yarnbombing last year, around the time when we held our second Singapore Mini Maker Faire. The vibrant colourful yarnbombed trees and giant structures online caught my attention. The shared yarnbombing projects also captured a bit of attention on our Singapore Mini Maker Faire Facebook Page.
But it was earlier this year when yarnbombing was brought up again. Agatha was inspired by a yarnbombing project in Hong Kong and re-ignited the discussion again. A few of us were enthused enough to start moving into action and before you know it, the first yarnbombing project under the Singapore Mini Maker Faire was initiated.
The yarnbombing project would not have been possible without the strong ground-up initiative and support. Agatha shared how she has got to know Mona and a few other ladies from the sewing community, and how there was a good response to the suggestion of yarnbombing.
Mona, currently an active quilter, works closely with Agatha to spearhead this yarnbombing initiative. She shared that she had volunteered to arrange for a craft meetup for the followers of “The Sewing Network”, a Facebook group for those who are interested in sewing and needle crafts. During the discussion about the exact crafts that could be brought to the meetup, the yarnbombing idea popped up and grew.
It is always nice to know how ideas fall into place nicely like that. :P
The yarnbombing begins…
With Agatha and Mona helming this project, a date for the first yarnbombing session was fixed very quickly for 1 May, Labour Day public holiday at Science Centre Singapore.
The initiative moved in an organic fashion. When we first met, there were only 14 of us, including two young children of Kiruthika, the lead organiser of this year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire.
Most of us did not know each other, and we spent some time introducing ourselves while we crochet or knit. It was a cosy and fun session.
The group decided that we will use one of the railings at the turnstile area to be our pilot yarnbombing spot.
We crowded around the choice location and quickly set to work, choosing the pieces to combine around the railing. Before we know it, the job is done, and we had an impromptu yarnbombed railing at the front of the Science Centre!
Then the group asked “What’s next?”. One suggestion was to yarnbomb the animatronic dinosaur in front of the Centre. We went to take a look, and once again very quickly made plans for a giant scarf. Everyone were excited to meet again for the next session and we set the next date on the spot, 24 May. The next few weeks saw furious knitting and crocheting by the many enthusiasts and there were a lot of sharing of progress online.
24 May morning was a busy morning. Twenty volunteers turned out to assemble the granny squares into a scarf which ended up to be 6.2metre by 0.4 metre long! We were all truly amazed by the efforts both by those who contributed their granny squares and those who turned up to help with the assembly. It was heartening to also see some volunteers who came to learn and contribute too, one male volunteer included!
We were also glad that the yarnbombing project received media attention and subsequently reported in Straits Times Life! and Zao Bao after the event. Besides giving attention to the yarnbombing project, it was great that they also highlighted the Singapore Mini Maker Faire. Hopefully with the media attention, we can garner more interest both in the Phase 2 of the yarnbombing project (we are moving on to the Singapore Mini Maker Faire venue!) and the Faire itself!
Interested in yarnbombing or to learn knitting or crocheting? We welcome you to join us at the Senja-Cashew Community Club on 22 June, 10am – 12pm where the next phase will be embarked. If you are able to join us or wish to contribute 4 x 4 inch granny squares, do contact Agatha and Mona through the Yarnbombing Singapore Facebook Page or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.