About the project

Welcome to the Artyarn Fusion blog.

Thank you for visiting the site.

On this blog you will find all the relevant information you will need to teach your Girl Guide groups how to make a knitted square for our project 'Collective Tree Cosy'

If you need any other support from us about knitting the squares or if you would like to send in a photo of your group to appear on this blog, please e-mail Rachael and Sarah: info@artyarn.org

To get those needles clicking please click the links at the top of this page where you will find all of the instructions on how to cast on, how to knit and how to cast off.

What's it all about....

The ‘Collective Tree Cosy’ will be a vibrant knitted installation and learning activity for the Centenary event 'Fusion' on 4th August 2010; a colourful and tactile jumper to cover a large tree on the lawns of Harewood House.

The ‘Collective Tree Cosy’ will be made up of individual knitted squares which will be sewn together to hug the tree neatly; creating a snug pullover that will be fitted and installed by all the participants with the assistance of ArtYarn during a sewing workshop, held around the tree at the Centenary event.

This is a brilliant opportunity for Guides and Brownies to lean how to knit, an activity that is more trendy now than it has ever been! Yes, that’s right! Pop stars do it and knitted graffiti or ‘Yarn Bombing’ has been the latest in vogue phenomenon to sweep the globe. Not only that, all participants will be collectively creating a work of knitted art!

We are asking Guides and Brownies to knit a square that they can bring along to the Fusion Festival on 4th August where ArtYarn will be holding a sewing workshop and helping them to create the ‘Collective Tree Cosy’

What will it look like ?

There are many artists who have placed hand knitted pieces around trees to give the trees a different texture, colour and to interact with a natural objects using an artistic medium.

ArtYarn have created several Tree Cosies over the past few years, here are a few examples ...

A Tree Cosy which was made for the New Islington Festival in Manchester

One of the knitted Tree Cosies made for an exhibition called UK DIY at the Turnpike Art Gallery, Greater Manchester

We are hoping that with all of your contributions, this knitted tree cosy will be even bigger and better than any we have made before! And what's even better is that it will be made by Girl Guides from all over the UK.

Have fun and happy knitting :o)

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