Yarnbombed Blankets Keeping People Warm This Winter

Hundreds of crocheted and knitted tiles used to yarnbomb the Black Rock Clock Tower last winter have been stitched into blankets for people in need.

The GLAD Rappers, along with Bayside City Council, have repurposed the A4-sized tiles into blankets for distribution by local charity and community organisations give to people in need, including those experiencing homelessness.

Annette Fitton and Sue Traylen are members of The GLAD Rappers and part of the Bunnurong Spinners and Weavers Group that meets weekly at Beaumaris Library.

People standing behind multicoloured blankets stacked on top of each other

Together, this local group and other members of The GLAD rappers have stitched 50 blankets. These will be distributed through local charity and community organisations to people in need including those experiencing homelessness.

“Our vision has really come to life,” Annette said. “Last year’s yarnbombing was something special for the Bayside community, it became a real talking point. Now we have been able to continue the story by creating a new product that can be given to people in need.

“When we were receiving all these beautifully knitted and crocheted tiles from Glad Rappers around the world to give colour to the Black Rock Clock Tower last year, we knew we couldn’t just see them end up as waste at the end.”

Sue described knitting and crocheting as more than making and creating.

“We have had so much fun stitching the tiles together, chatting while we work and spending time doing something we love in a way that benefits people, and the environment by reducing textiles going to landfill.”

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