County Board Chair Gets ‘Yarn Bombed’

by ARLnow.com October 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm 9,548 16 Comments

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes had her chair “yarn bombed” at this afternoon’s Board meeting.

A group called the “Guerilla Stitch Brigade” created a colorful, monogrammed yarn cover for Hynes’ chair and presented it to her at the meeting. Hynes, whose gavel was also covered in yarn, seemed delighted.

“We have a really cool chair here today,” she said, before introducing a speaker from the stitch brigade.

Jennifer Lindsay, project member of the group, thanked county staff for allowing them to “infiltrate” the County Board office. She then used the occasion to promote a “secret” public art project the guerilla stitchers are creating in partnership with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District, Artisphere and Arlington Public Library.

Lindsay said knitters will be working over the winter to create a temporary “yarn bomb” public art project that will be deployed in Rosslyn this coming spring. She was careful not to divulge details about the planned finished product, but promised “an explosion of color and fiber” around Rosslyn.

The group will meet most Wednesdays at Artisphere between now and Feb. 27, 2013 to work on the project.

“We’ll help you get started with materials, instruction and inspiration,” the Artisphere web site says. “Meet other knitters and crocheters while sharing your creativity for a top secret, guerilla-style, collaborative installation early next year! Experienced stitchers are welcome to bring their own needles and hooks.”

Lindsay said the knitters who decorated Hynes’ chair were from the Westover and Glen Carlyn libraries and from the Aurora Highlands Senior Center.

  • Jessie

    That’s pretty awesome. I see the random yarn bombed street signs and bus stop polls around town and they make me smile.

    • Charles


  • SouthArlJD

    Thanks. I’ve been wondering about yarn-bombed things around town.

    • SomeGuy

      I haven’t seen these. Where are they?

  • YTK

    Can’t wait to see a Yarn Bombed streetcar!!!
    Seriously, I think Yarn Bombing is COOOOOOL!!!

    • YTK

      Haha – They even yarn bombed her chair feets!

  • SomeGuy

    Public art can take many forms. So if the “Guerilla Flaming Dog Sh*t in a Paper Bag Brigade” asks to infiltrate the County Board office and “bomb” their chairs before next meeting, I hope it’s met with the same support.

    • SomeGuy

      But I didn’t see anything on Artisphere’s web site about helping that particular group “get started with materials, instruction and inspiration,” so maybe it’s a no-go.

  • oh my.

  • Tom Cat

    Oh god i love that chair . all that string. i want to touch it and play with it

  • TJLinBallston

    They better not EVER do that to any of my ncie chairs!

  • N E W S

  • SHLady

    That’s an unusually good yarn bombing.

  • Id

    I want to know what the cost to the Arlington taxpayer was? The US and the world is in crisis, and our executives are playing with string.

    • jvmalcomb

      There was NO cost to the taxpayer. This is a volunteer organization calling attention to a future yarn bombing.


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