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Arkansas Arts Center Yarn Bombed Fountain Fest

Arkansas Art CenterLast night was Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center.Fountain Fest Arkansas Art Center Yarn BombThe entire front of building and the fountain was yarn bombed (covered in yarn) along with the trees.  What an amazing thing to see!!!  The amount of detail is beyond comprehension.  Photos really can not capture the beauty or scale of the installation.  The work that went into this, along with the hours upon hours of knitting and crocheting is so admirable.  I am seriously in awe.  You have to see it in person!

Yarn Bombed Building Arkansas Art CenterDuring the Battle of the Brands competition, the final round was The Twisted Purl against Whole Hog Cafe.  I absolutely adore Whole Hog and Nancy and Rich.  They catered Fountain Fest and with the theme being yarn, they reached out for a bit of “yarny” help.

I was so thrilled to be a part of the event!  It was 189 degrees outside, with the humidity, I’m quite certain that’s no exaggeration.  While stringing pom-pom streamers across the tops of the tents and the fronts of the tables, sweat was pouring in my eyes.  Suffering from a sunburn from this last weekend’s activities (I’ll have to tell you all about the Razorback game in a bit) didn’t make it any easier.  But with the heat, and the sun, and the bit of work, all I could think of is “Dang this is so freaking cool!”

FountainFestMy small contributions to the event were flower vases full of yarn pom-pom flowers, a couple of yarn bombed pigs, and pom-pom streamers.

Yarn Bombed Pig and Pom Pom Flowers by The Twisted Purl

Yarn Bombed Pig and Pom Pom Flowers by The Twisted Purl

Whole Hog Cafe also graciously purchased some of our Felted Soaps and gave them to the Arkansas Arts Center who used them as thank you gifts to folks signing up for new memberships.Bowl Felted Soaps by The Twisted Purl

I’m floored at all the detail found in the yarn installation.  Everywhere you look you would find something new to gawk at.

A knit rabbit hanging out in the shade.Knit Rabbit by Tree Arkansas Art Center

A lobster by the fountain.

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A cute caterpillar crawling along on a tree.

Caterpillar on Tree Knit at Arkansas Art Center

One of my favorites, a Blue Jay perched on a tree.

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There was so much to see, heck, I even found Nemo.

DSC02800This public art installation is amazingly breath-taking.  Make the time to go see the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock while it’s still there!  Take in the beauty of the yarn bombing and then head inside to see all the gorgeous art work.

Learn more about the Arkansas Arts Center Yarn Bomb Installation by Chelsye Garrett.

A huge thank you to Whole Hog for involving me in such a phenomenal event!  I can not wait to get involved with the Arkansas Arts Center and help with more activities in the future.

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Pom Pom Craft Easy to Make Fun with Yarn

Pom Pom Craft made from Yarn and Sticks

This easy to make pom pom craft is super easy to do with just a small bit of yarn. I’m in love with this new mantel piece created this morning.

My mom has always told me stories of my grandmother being able to go into the woods and pick up items and make beautiful center pieces. I like to think this craft would make my grandmother smile.

I’ve been a big fan, and slightly addicted to making pom poms, since purchasing this super cool Pom Pom Maker.

Pom Pom Maker by Clover

 

The Pom Pom Maker comes in several sizes and made by Clover (you can buy your very own here or at your local craft store). When I first discovered this little crafty gadget, my dear friend Jeanetta and I went on a pom pom making spree. We yarn bombed a friend’s office with bright rainbow-colored pom poms. If you want to see the album on Facebook of our pom pom bombing adventure, please check it out here.

 

 

Yarn on Pom Poms on sticks

 

To make this new mantel piece I simply used all natural creamy colored yarn and made pom poms with the handy pom pom maker. I went out into the yard and found fallen sticks from our pine trees. I used my husband’s pocket knife to strip the bark from the sticks. The pom pom inserts very easy on the stick end and are tied securely to the top of the stick with the strands used to tie together the pom poms. After a quick trim of the longer strands and any out of place yarn, the Pom Pom Sticks were then arranged in a flower vase.

 

Yarn Pom Pom Craft Center Piece

 

Waaalaaa! Easy, beautiful, handmade mantel piece. This would also make a great center piece for a table. I love finding quick and easy things to do with yarn and fun pom pom crafts. What’s your favorite?