"Many hands make light work. We are looking for volunteers to assist in taking down the inaugural yarnbomb creations in Bridge Street East. We will meet outside Coles in Carrier Street (on Rettkes Butcher side) at 1pm on Saturday 1 September. The more people who can help the quicker the job will get done.
We will store them for next year and add to the mix so we extend the coverage. (Those which may not have faired as well will be donated to other causes eg animal shelters.)
As we’ve sat knitting or crocheting, there’s been talk of how great it’s been having a common purpose over the last few months and what a fantastic activity it’s been across all generations. Ideas are already percolating for the next install!
It’s also highlighted how passionate, caring people working together can make a real difference in creating a kinder, more connected community. When good people come together with a common purpose anything is possible.
Thank you Benalla. Let’s continue to pay it forward."
Source: Benalla Yarn Bombers Facebook Page - Event Information.
Congratulations to Benalla Yarnbombers on the 2018 Yarn Bombing Event - 'Benalla Rugged Up'.
From small beginnings, a dedicated and inspired group of potential yarnbombers took up the challenge, learning about yarnbombing and possible designs along the way. The planning group included NEA members Annie Longmuir, Maggie Hollins, Sally Wallace, Jennifer Gill and Mary Kennedy. As the deadline for contributions neared, photos began to be shared on FB of the collected knitting and crochet contributions building up on tables in the Uniting Church Hall. The cane collection baskets at NEA began to fill to overflowing. Heart warming creations began to appear in Bridge Street, with one of the trees outside NEA featuring Mary Kennedy's hula skirt and Annie's colourful knitted, crocheted and flowered swathed creation hugging the tree just outside NEA's front door. Wonderful bollard creations include Jennifer's daisy flowered crocheted chains which loop between the bollards outside Millers' store. The inaugural installation has proven to be beyond expectations both in volume and design.
NEA was listed as a venue for planning sessions; knitting sessions at the Red Road Cafe and as a collection point, NEA's role also included providing the requested option of website within the NEA website. A 'Planning Portal' prepared by Bev and Maggie provided an early point of contact and 'referral on'; however the Yarn Bombers FB site, email list and Mailchimp newsletter were clearly used more effectively as communication strategies during the busy period in the weeks leading up to and during the installation.
Websites can, however, provide a repository function which FB and Mailchimp are perhaps less suited for. They can come up in search engines for people researching Benalla's yarn bombing event and be a useful source of information for media releases. The Planning Portal has been retained in the Projects area of the NEA website for now. Updating the Gallery tab in the Planning Portal with images of the 2018 Yarnbomb would be worthwhile; as would retaining its links to the FB page, and also links to all news posts categorized under Benalla Yarn Bomb. Next year, it could be used again or it could form a base from which to begin discussing the development of the Yarn Bombing event's own website.
Benalla's inaugural yarn bomb has been memorable, There is a substantial resource base on which to build next year - both in terms of knitted and crocheted works and knowledge of patterns, installation, and more. The event has considerable capacity to continue to reach out to the community in unanticipated and engaging ways such as happened this year with the joining in from knitters from Estia Health; volunteer support by regional ANZ staff using their 'community bank' hours to help with the installation; and many other examples of unanticipated contributions by the community. More recently, the Yarn Bombing group has received a request from Benalla P-12 college for speakers to enable them to find out more about what is involved as they are hoping to motivate their 5/6 classes to become involved with the YB project next year.
Congratulations, Benalla Yarn Bombers!
An Occasional BLog
A message from Catherine McMillan - "Many thanks again for being part of the inaugural Benalla Yarnbomb installation. Hope you're all feeling suitably chuffed at the results - which look fantastic and seem to be holding up very well (touch wood!) A couple of hats have met untimely ends, but the trees and pergolas looks great".
Catherine has planned a light celebration lunch followed by a debrief (what worked, things to improve and other ideas and suggestions; also take down logistics, on Thursday 23rd August at the Library (Pat Claridge Room) from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. RSVP's closed on the 20th for catering purposes, however if you are keen to go to report back, it may be possible to attend after the lunch to share stories and provide input .
Saturday 28: Final tweaks and sewing together in the Pat Claridge room of the library, then the last of the yarn 'bombing raids'!
Sunday 29: 'wouldn't you just know it' ... it rained! (Perhaps watching rain gods wanted to say 'great work'!)
Monday 30: An item appears about the event in Victoria's High Country News - www.victoriashighcountry.com.au/listing/benalla-rugged-up-benalla/
Benalla yarnbombers - final tweaks and a huge thanks to the ANZ 'volunteer bank' staff and other members of Friday's installation crew!
Congratulations to NEA's Annie Longmuir, Mary Kennedy, Sally Wallace and all @benallayarnbombers volunteers involved in yesterday's installation of the colourful knitting and crocheted panels now hugging the trees in Benalla's CBD. 'Benalla Rugged Up' is a colourful celebration of what has so far been a very cold winter.
Yarn Bombers Update - Final Yarnbomb pre-Installation meeting for those who can make it - Serendipity Cafe, Tues 24 July, 11 am.
Location: - Serendipity Cafe
When: - Tuesday, 24 July 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Attached is an informal report from a meeting Susan and I had with the council on Wednesday 11th July in the afternoon. Quite a few safety considerations were raised re installation We will also have some helpers from the ANZ bank on the 27th July at 9am.
Today we have laid out all donated items in the Holy Trinity Church Hall. There are signs on the door and fence posts. This is our "Yarn Bombing Central" for the next 2 weeks so we can piece together donated items into tree wraps and bollard covers.
Susan has the key and will have the hall open 1 to 3pm (or later if we're on a roll) on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday for the next 2 weeks. BYO scissors, darning needles and hooks. Wear warm clothes as it is quite chilly in the hall.
Please pass this on to anyone else who you think may be interested.
The use of a hall at the Anglican Church has been secured for the exclusive use for the yarn bombers. We are needing to set up trestle tables in the hall and spread out all the donated made bits for the yarn bombing, so we can begin to sew them together so they are in "wrappable" bits.
We are needing helpers this Friday (13) at lunchtime to set up the tables (if you are able and lay out all the made items that we have.
The hall is located on the right side of the church, towards the rectory on the church grounds.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in helping, please let them know.
The Benalla Yarn Bombers, keen to lighten up Benalla in a late winter yarn bombing event, decided it would be useful to have a website to share news about the event, both for planning and marketing purposes. The group decided to ask Bev from NEA for advice and possible help. Maggie was prepared to be involved in developing and updating the website. Chatting around the table, it seemed that developing an free version for the event might not work, so it was decided to try to work within the NEA site. With approval to go ahead from the committee, Maggie's input, and some ideas from Bev about setting it up as a 'planning portal' with a menu on the side (as NEA's menu needed to stay on the top) the Yarn Bombers Planning Portal is now available as a support to the Yarn Bombing Event. If you would like to check it out, you can go to Events on the NEA website menu, or simply go to http://www.northeastartisans.org/benallas-winter-yarn-bomb.html
Annie Longmuir's knitting and crochet class at NEA on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm ($8 including coffee, tea) is a rallying point for Benalla's Winter Yarn Bomb - Annie can help to work out suitable patterns, show you how to knit or crochet flowers to decorate the plainer strips and squares and more.
Community members can also add to some knitted coloured strips while enjoying a coffee or chai at the Red Road Cafe. Cornelia Selover and Mary Kennedy joined in while on the volunteer roster during the week. The fact that knitting is supposed to be therapeutic seems to be true - they both look so calm in the photos below. .
You might also find someone to give you a lesson at NEA if you can't knit, as Seamus did this week. He proved to be a fast learner, taking on board Bev's grandmother's memory jogger 'In, Over, Through and Off'! with aplomb. He also looks quite serene, don't you think...
Annie and other NEA artisans, volunteers and friends are also involved in the Benalla Winter Yarn Bomb event's planning group which met on Friday 25th May at NEA, We'll continue to share news of their progress on our website.
Finally... North East Artisans is one of a number of venues at which knitted, crocheted other suitable textile work or balls of yarn can be left to feed into the late winter 'yarn bombing' of Benalla! Here's a link to a downloadable pdf flier for the event.
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