Friday, June 1, 2012

Yarnbombing at the Discovery Museum

What is yarnbombing?

When most people think of knitting, they think of sweaters, hats, scarves or blankets. Knitted items are for people -- or occasionally -- dogs, maybe. But what happens when knitters use those same colors and patterns and apply them to something unexpected -- trees or rocks or fences in public places?

That’s a yarnbombing!

Although yarnbombers usually work in the dark of night under assumed names, the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center has invited them to ply their craft on the Museum grounds in the light of day – with aliases intact.

In recognition of the geometry, math, engineering and chemistry involved in fiber craft, the Discovery Museum welcomes yarnbombing as a feature of the Museum’s Art & Science Month activities. Other displays include the Nikon Small World microphotography gallery exhibit, a traveling exhibit, “Tesselations", sun printing and a fiber baby mammoth project. Also, there is a microscope fiber lab and a celebration of World Wide Knit in Public Day with knitters, crocheters and spinners.

The yarnbombing installations can be viewed on the museum grounds for the entire month of June. Other activities occur on specific weekends.

For more information, please contact:
Beth Callahan at or Kathleen Galster at You can also contact the Discovery Museum at 916.808.3942 or The Discovery Museum is located at  3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA, 95821.

Blog Post by information and  picture courtesy of the Discovery Museum.

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