Fulton has been yarn bombed

Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

by Nicole Reitz

If you’ve seen the knitted bench near Kinney Drugs in Fulton, don’t worry, it’s not cold.

It’s been yarn bombed.

Yarn bombing is a term to describe a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. Instead of spray painted graffiti that damages property, yarn bombing is meant to create interest and beautify a city.

Three women, members of the CNY Arts Center, are responsible for the guerilla knitting seen in spots around the City of Fulton.

The group calls themselves the Yarn Crusaders and their goal is to reclaim and personalize sterile public places in town. Their eye-catching yarn installations are non-permanent and can be removed if necessary.

Monday night, members of the group met after the CNY Arts Center meeting to yarn bomb poles outside of the group’s location at 357 State St., the Park Street entrance of State Street United Methodist Church.

The Yarn Crusaders are in their infancy and are looking to meet regularly to create pieces for the project.

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