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McKinley Park trees about to get 'yarn bombed'

Sacramento Center for Textile Arts celebrates International Yarn Bombing Day

International Yarn Bombing Day is a fun way to raise awareness of textile arts.

International Yarn Bombing Day is a fun way to raise awareness of textile arts.

Photo courtesy Sacramento Center for Textile Arts

The McKinley Park trees outside Shepard Garden and Arts Center are about to get a lot more colorful.

As part of International Yarn Bombing Day, members of the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts plan to decorate tree trunks outside Shepard Center on June 7.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, local textile artists – specifically knitters, crocheters and needle workers – will attach yarn pieces to trees with more yarn.

Rainbow hued and made to be fun, this yarn art installation is temporary and doesn’t harm the plants. SCTA's Needle Arts Study Group will be back on July 7 to take it all down.

Usually, the “yarn bombers” make knit or crocheted geometric pieces in advance, then wrap them around the trees, adjusting as needed. The pieces can be crocheted or sewn into place or hooked together.

SCTA members have made International Yarn Bombing Day an annual club event at Shepard Center, Sacramento’s municipal clubhouse. Besides being a creative way to brighten outdoor shade, yard bombing is a wonderful introduction to this very active textile club that meets regularly at Shepard Center.

Located in the north panhandle of McKinley Park, Shepard Center is at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento.



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