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Sylvania to be 'bombed' with yarn during winter


An example of a yarn bomb in downtown Sylvania.

The Blade/Natalie Trusso Cafarello
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You may have noticed around downtown Sylvania, a little coat of blue with white stripes wrapped around one or two horse pitching posts or a fuzzy blanket of colorful stitched yarns adorning one of the shop door handles.

These yarn embellishments are previews of the upcoming Yarn Bomb Sylvania, an artistic adventure sponsored by the Sylvania Community Arts Commission. The yarn bomb is a way to warm up Sylvania, its sponsors say.

“This is usually a secret and it is a form of non-harming graffiti. Traditionally, it is done anonymously, but we are doing it with permission from everybody,” said Michelle Atkinson, who is heading up the project.

The yarn bomb project, planned for Feb. 1, entails covering city structures with vibrant knitted styles including the 50 horsehead hitching posts downtown, the City of Sylvania’s gazebo, and benches, signposts, and parts of business buildings.

So far, the arts commission has collected about 20 percent of the yarn pieces needed for the project. A skillshare for people who want to learn how to crochet is set for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Sylvania Heritage Museum, 5717 Main St. The pieces created from the skillshare will be used in the yarn installation. Knitting starter kits will be provided, and beginners as well as experienced knitters to teach others are welcome, Mrs. Atkinson said.

The arts commission hosted an open knitting table at last weekend's Art Trail, offering starter kits for sale. Sale proceeds will be used for purchasing knitting starter kits for school children, she said.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the art installation and to create one of the yarn schemes. Contact Michelle Atkinson at 419-367-5444.

To view details on the design measurements for need pieces, visit

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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