Yarnbombing arrives in Teddington

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A colourful crocheting craze has reached the streets of Teddington and put a smile on people’s faces.

A parking sign in Bridgeman Road, Teddington, blossomed into a flower after the Easter weekend after being decorated in a knitted cover by a mystery craft connoisseur.

The woolly creation is an example of yarnbombing or guerrilla knitting, which is a type of street art that creates colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn.

Often dozens of balls of wool are used to make sleeves or cosies for everyday objects including cars, trees, park benches and lampposts and are sometimes completed under the cover of darkness.

The colourful creation sparked the interest of passersby who took photos of the flower and posted them online.

Twitter user Charlotte Borger posted: “Who was the wonderful person in Teddington who crocheted this extraordinary outfit for a road sign? Made my day.”

Mark Wardman said: “Guerrilla knitting is now my favourite thing ever.”

Examples of the art were first recorded in 2004 in the Netherlands but the phenomenon is thought to have originated in the US and has now spread across the world.

Yarnbombers also hit in Surbiton over the Easter weekend, coating a roundabout in colourful knitted patterns after members of the community crocheted different fruits, which were made into bunting.

The yarnbomb was part of the lead up to the Surbiton Food Festival but organisers said they did not know who had made the Teddington creation.

- Are you the creator or do you know them? Get in touch with Clare Buchanan on 020 8744 4275 or email cbuchanan@london.newsquest.co.uk.

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3:19pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Culverin says...

How typically Teddington, people mess around with this crap and have a real laugh. What would be nice is if people start to pick up litter after them (you know who you are litter louts) or if the large minority of dog owners picked up their dog mess.

But no, this is wealthy Teddington, people play around with knitting and ignore the fundamentals!
How typically Teddington, people mess around with this crap and have a real laugh. What would be nice is if people start to pick up litter after them (you know who you are litter louts) or if the large minority of dog owners picked up their dog mess. But no, this is wealthy Teddington, people play around with knitting and ignore the fundamentals! Culverin

6:58pm Sun 7 Apr 13

waldopepper says...

"How typically Teddington, people mess around with this crap and have a real laugh"

When has anything like this ever happened in Teddington to make it typical? Have I missed the installation of several guerrilla art pieces on the streets?

What an utterly absurd comment to make and this has got nothing to do with litter or dog mess.
"How typically Teddington, people mess around with this crap and have a real laugh" When has anything like this ever happened in Teddington to make it typical? Have I missed the installation of several guerrilla art pieces on the streets? What an utterly absurd comment to make and this has got nothing to do with litter or dog mess. waldopepper

9:01pm Sun 7 Apr 13

redridinghood says...

WOW! SOMEONE needs to cheer up and put things into perspective! Get over yourself 'Culverin'...its a bit of knitting - designed to bring a smile to your face (which, I suspect is impossible).

The anti-social behaviour you speak of, has absolutely nothing to do with this news story. Don't tell me... you're one of those NIMBY types...there's also a lot of them in this area too!

Bravo to those who are trying to brighten, what would be a very dull world, if it were left up to some people (you know who you are).
WOW! SOMEONE needs to cheer up and put things into perspective! Get over yourself 'Culverin'...its a bit of knitting - designed to bring a smile to your face (which, I suspect is impossible). The anti-social behaviour you speak of, has absolutely nothing to do with this news story. Don't tell me... you're one of those NIMBY types...there's also a lot of them in this area too! Bravo to those who are trying to brighten, what would be a very dull world, if it were left up to some people (you know who you are). redridinghood

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