Dirty Girl Granny Skills

Dirty Girl Kitchen

 

Hello peeps,

Happening this Friday and Saturday until late in the evening in Adelaide is the Dirty Girl Kitchen – Artisan Christmas Markets. Should be amazing, with live music, lots of food stalls, arty crafty goodness and styling and retail stalls like mine!!

Come along and enjoy the vibe and buy something original and handmade for Christmas.

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Lovely “Maureen Margaret Alice” handmade ceramic plates with crochet – named after my Granny.

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Crochet goodies will be there. Perfect for storing all your stuff and great for pressies.

 

I’ll be there so drop by and say hi. I’m quite excited about the gin bars myself!! Quite partial to a nice G & T on a hot day.

Love and Art

Sarah-Jane

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Baby Yarn Bomb

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

Remember last week myself and yarn-bombing.com lace bombed this statue at The Art Gallery of South Australia?

Well, the second part of the project was to run an activity day at The Gallery for the monthly kids art club. We made pom-pom’s and did tomboy stitch (or some call it French knitting). We had 550 children through!! Oh My!! No wonder we were exhausted after that!

My sister, brother-in law, nephew and niece all came along and my nephew Odin surprised me with his amazing creativity. Of course I’m not biased in any way….. but he is a little genius!

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

My nephew Odin deep in concentration

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Yarn bombing is a serious business!

Odin decided to yarn bomb his toy bear instead of make pom-pom’s or do toyboy stitch. I was so impressed. Of course it probably helped having an Aunt who is a famous yarn bomber!

Yarn bombed bear

Yarn bombed bear

 

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

Odin and his yarn bombed bear

 

I was amazed that at four years old Odin has his own creative vision and is incredibly artistic and devoted to making and doing his own thing. I must add that he has wonderful parents who are also both very creative and foster this in both their children. Maybe I’ll have an assistant in a couple of years who can out bomb me! I can only imagine.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

The Virgin Awaits

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarnbomb.com)

My lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com)

View through the gallery window

View through the gallery window

Yarn bombing at a height

Yarn bombing at a height

Detail of the Virgin

Detail of the Virgin

At the beginning

At the beginning

Lace bombed Virgin

Lace bombed Virgin

 

Howdy folks,
I’ve been yarnbombing a plenty this week at The Art Gallery of South Australia! Woo Hoo!! What a great gig. Myself and my lovely assistant Illy (aka yarn-bombing.com) covered the Bourdelle sculpture in the courtyard of the gallery with hoardes of collected lace doilies. The gallery is currently displaying a lace exhibition and this project references this exhibition. The yarn bombing itself was done earlier in the week and required a large scaffold be erected around the sculpture. I’ve yarnbombed quite a lot of things but never working at such a height. It was quite scary to start off with but we got used to it. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we had great views. The sculpture is located in the rear courtyard of the gallery near the gallery cafe, so we had quite an audience of people walking by and admiring our work over their lunch break. It took most of the day to cover the sculpture and it looked fabulous at completion.

I’ve never yarnbombed anything that was figurative or that had a face. All the objects I’ve covered have been inanimate objects so this was really different in that regard. We decided to leave the faces of the sculptures showing which created a lot of comments. Some viewers thought the virgin was wearing a hijab, others thought it had a Russian flavour. I know the Russian women do amazing lace crochet. Anyway, it was all interesting to hear and to discuss with everyone. Unfortunately, It was only left in place for about four days, but with an approximate audience of about three hundred kids coming to participate in the monthly kids art club at the gallery there was a lot of viewers. Kids came and make pompoms and did tomboy stitch to add to the base of the sculpture. We went through 300 balls of wool and many, many toilet rolls and pop sticks!!

A great project to be involved with.

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

 

Hernando the Grape Vine

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It is with much excitement I introduce you to “Hernando” the grape vine. A one hundred year old vine from the South Australian Barossa Valley. Late last year, in the Australian summer, me and my friend Ilianthe of yarn-bombing.com drove out to McLaren Vale to Oliver’s Taranga Winery where we met with the lovely Hernando. We spent the afternoon covering Hernando with lots of lovely yarn and glammed him up to appear on the label of a wine appropriately named ‘Yarnbomb’. This wine has just been released here in Australia and I can’t wait to try it.

Here is the promotional video made by the winery to talk about the wine and it features (very quickly) me and Ilianthe in action along with the wine maker Corrina Wright covering Hernando.

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I’m so excited about this!!

Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Tree Bike

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Here’s my abode for the last 12 years which I am saying goodbye to for a little while. The new tenants want me to leave the yarn bombed bike in the tree- that’s pretty cute!! I am happy to oblige.
The bike was done for the “Tour Down Under” by me, and my fellow craft clubbers: Brannie, Nunya, Illy, Mel and Mozza.
A number of yarn bombed bikes were left along Rundle Street (the cafe strip in central Adelaide) whilst the bike race was on.
There is a funny story about it actually. After placing it in situ the front wheel got stolen, after a bit longer the second wheel got stolen too!!!
Finally, after numerous calls for their return one was found to be on someones kitchen table and the other one was confiscated by a barman on Rundle street who saw a bloke walk in with it. They were both eventually returned.
Only in Adelaide!!
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Craft Club

Craft Club

Here’s a little piccie of my fellow, weekly crafters. I think Brannie is mid explanation of some important crafty business to do with crochet or knitting. We meet once a week, watch bad T.V, craft whatever we’re working on and workshop our problems. It’s a great ole’ time. I sure did miss craft club on my travels and now we’re all back in little old Adelaide and it’s wintery and cold it’s great to get back into it all!!
Love and Art
Sarah-Jane

Crochet Trike

Crochet Trike

Hello there!!

Have you seen my crochet trike?? I’ve posted this previously but thought it worth repeating!! This bike has got me a lot of interest and even some work project managing yarn bombing projects for community groups.

She is the first bike I did and I did her totally on my own…it took an entire winter and a bit of repetitive strain injury too!!

This bike is a family heirloom which has serviced my fathers siblings and me and my own siblings very well. She is a little bit fragile and isn’t really rideable so I decided she could retire for a little rest wrapped in wool and yarn.
I could have sold her a few times over but so far I have resisted all offers cos I love her so.

Love and art
Sarah-Jane