A stuffed crocheted Kiwi sitting on top of a "Welcome"-sign.

The Yarnbomb@CoNZealand Gallery

Organized by Jan Bass and Monique Lubberink, CoNZealand had a lovely community craft project planned: Yarnbombing along the routes connecting the different venues in Wellington. I posted about this earlier this year. Then 2020 happened, and CoNZealand had to go virtual. The project pivoted to yarnbombing wherever the contributors lived and sending in pictures and/or video of the results. We certainly could do with a bit more colour in our lives this year!

We ended up with a lovely display of everybody’s contributions in the Virtual Exhibits Hall at CoNZealand. With the kind permission of the contributors involved, I’d like to share the fun with all of you. Click on the pictures to see a close-up and title!

I ended up being more involved with this project than I intended, and had loads of fun seeing everybody’s work! If you contributed to Yarnbomb@CoNZealand and would like to see your work included in this post, please contact me.

Steampunk Gears for CoNZealand

Nobody knows what will happen between now and the end of July, when CoNZealand is scheduled to happen. That doesn’t stop me from making some steampunk gears for yarnbombing CoNZealand, though.

Here’s what I made:

Steampunk Gears, arranged

These are three different gears, and I’m planning to make a few more. They could be sewn together to make a garland, for example. If you want to play along, I prepared the instructions as a PDF download. I’d love to see what you come up with using those instructions!

Yarnbomb CoNZealand!

CoNZealand, which is this year’s Worldcon taking place from July 29 to August 2 in Wellington, New Zealand, just announced a community art project I’m very excited about. Unfortunately I won’t be able to be there, but I’ll make sure to request pictures for documentation purposes!

CoNZealand members are invited to help yarnbomb the routes between the different venues of the convention. Pieces can reflect the overall theme of the convention “steampunk spaceship to the stars” or a personal fandom. Find out all the details on the CoNZealand website. There’s also a Facebook group you can join.

I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with for this project! I might even contribute something from afar – there’s that idea of steampunky gears in Irish crochet lace that I didn’t have time to implement for Dublin 2019, after all.