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An example of yarn bombing.
ALTON — What was first dreamed up by Texas clothes shop owner Magda Sayeg and started off as a web-based group of frustrated knitters who didn’t know what to do with their half-finished jumpers and scarfs has taken off by storm over the last decade.
Yarn bombing is about using a community’s streets and structures as a foundation for a freeform style of art. No longer just a “knit and run,” yarn bombing has become an urban movement piecing together a brighter world one loop at a time. It is a community experience that is bringing neighbors closer through peace, love and creativity, the art form’s proponents say.
Fiber artists and friends are applying their works to public streets and existing structures throughout the region with the hope of making them more personal, more human.
The fiber artists of the River Bend and their fans are bringing a variance of this art form to the 2015 holiday season. The yarn bombers are hosting a scarf bombing throughout downtown Alton.
Residents have two opportunities to witness this phenomenon, and the group is seeking even more. One is in conjunction with the Downtown Alton tree lighting and Alton Main Street’s Design Committee, to be installed at the Salvation Army on Sixth and Alby streets. The second scarf bombing will be installed Dec. 9 at the Madison County Transit downtown bus terminal on Belle Street.
This is also a chance for residents to join with the yarn bombers in promoting peace throughout the region. With a dozen regular volunteers and a Facebook group of more than 100 members, the interest is there in what this group is doing. Public support will allow them to expand their efforts.
Support can be provided in a number of ways:
• Donations of time, scarves, yarn, supplies, labor and talent — you don’t need to know how to knit to lend a hand
• Host location opportunities — an in-kind way to unite the community in peace and yarn
• Themed nights at your location where a portion of the night’s proceeds benefits their efforts
• A monetary donation
“The Yarn Bombers look forward to joining with you in putting smiles on people’s faces everywhere as we usher in this holiday season, continuing to make yarn art happen throughout the greater Alton area,” a press release states.