Summer of Learning Design Challenge #8: Yarn Art

Check in here every Friday for a new Design Challenge. We will provide you with ideas for a full summer of fun things to make and do. It is all part of summer fun for kids and teens at the Kitsap Regional   Library.

This blog post is by the Bainbridge Island Library intern, Morgan!

The word yarn, to many, suggests warm, cozy sweaters or fuzzy mittens, and during a summer with highs of 80 degrees crafting with it might sound a little undesirable. Lucky for you the yarn-projects we are sharing have nothing to do with that overheated yarn- stereotype!
yarn                                  Yarn Bridport by Lex McKee on flickr

Yarn has been in existence for roughly 20,000 years, and that means there has been a lot of time for people to create traditional or out-of-the-box uses for it! Here, we have collected the best mix of yarn art projects for your summer.

Transform a glass bottle into a yarn vase! Fill your vase with flowers or possibly your own yarn sticks!

yarnbottle           a perfectly pretty gift to make by Jessica Wilson on flickr

Using wood, nails, and yarn you can create a piece of string art to display in your home (you can even make Washington State)!

yarn butterfly                                   Butterfly  – Detail by Manu on flickr 

Use any design you like and be careful with your hammer!

Here are some additional ideas that you might try:

Draw a simple picture and outline it with yarn!

Start with a simple drawing and “paint” over it with yarn!

Make a yarn-block print! Try as many different styles of wrapping your yarn-block as you can. After stamping, hang your art on the wall or use it as a print in your next art project.

You can also explore a more traditional usage of yarn: knitting! First, learn how to cast on. After you can start knitting! It is fun to start with simple projects like scarves or headbands.

yarnheadband                                  100_9162 by verylisa on flickr

Once you know how to knit you can get involved with our “Yarn Bomb the Library” event:

What is Yarn Bombing? Search ‘yarn bombing’ on Pinterest or Google images for ideas and inspiration. Kids, teens and grown-ups: artists and creative types of all ages are invited to come turn the library into a gallery of yarn art. Knit, crochet, wrapping, pom-poms, macramé, etc.- any style of yarn art is welcome. Knitters and crocheters will be on hand to help teach or refresh skills. Monday we look at the phenomenon of ‘yarn or knit bombing’ and develop our design concepts. The rest of the week is dedicated to working on our projects. Children under 8 must attend with a parent. Friday evening the library will be open for a show of the work from ‘Yarn Bomb the Library’ as part of Bainbridge’s First Friday Art Walk.

yarnbomb                  Yarn Bomb – bike IYBD by Twilight Taggers on flickr

Check out “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen for more examples of yarn bombing.

extra yarn

For more yarn crafts check out the book “Kids Knit!” By Sarah Bradberry or “Kids Learn to Knit” by Lucinda Guy or  any of the other yarn books at the library!

kids knitkidslearntoknit

We’d love to see what you come up with. Email your photos to Digital Branch Manager, Jean Charters, at for possible inclusion in a future blog post (under 1 MB file size please) or stop by your library to show off your creativity.

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