Queanbeyan and Bungendore to get warm woolly makeover for long weekend

Published on 05 June 2018

Yarn bombing

The Great Queanbeyan Stitch-up’ is on again in Queanbeyan, with the avenue of beautiful big trees along Morisset Street being ‘yarn bombed’ to add some vibrancy to traditionally cold winter days.

In Bungendore, the community has come up with its own unique activity for International Yarn Bombing Day with a theme based on the ‘great Aussie yarn’.

Bungendore Yarn’ sets out to celebrate that age-old Australian tradition of sitting around a campfire having a yarn. There will be campfire scenes located outside participating cafes in the village in the week leading up to the long weekend, where the yarn bombing will be all about scarves, beanies and mittens. Also look out for the giant knitting needles and reel outside the Bungendore Community Bank on Ellendon Street.

Queanbeyan local, Lori Mancell, heads up the ‘The Great Queanbeyan Stitch-up’ and has been working for months, generously donating her time making knitted pieces, gathering yarn and bringing crafty people together at numerous making sessions. Lori has been knitting up a storm with the support of people from far and wide.

Bungendore Yarn’ is the brainchild of resident Sherridan Marsh, in partnership with the community and with the support of local businesses and organisations.

QPRC Placemaking Officer, Gaby Tagliapietra said that Lori’s and Sherridan’s individual passion and drive have made these projects possible.

“Community-led projects like this are at the heart of what our new Places and Spaces initiative is striving for.

“Temporary art is a great way to bring colour and vibrancy to a location as well as being instrumental in engaging members of the community by either participating in the making or simply enjoying the end result,” Ms Tagliapietra said.

To minimise waste, where possible the yarn pieces from Queanbeyan will be upcycled with plans to turn left overs into blankets for people and animal shelters. From the outset the aim for the pieces from Bungendore was to donate them to charity once the project wraps up.

More information about these projects can be found at: www.facebook.com/qprcplacesandspaces