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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