Published on May 29th, 2014 | by Rosie


World Cup-worthy yarnbombing in Yorkshire

This week, blogger Rosie Darbyshire investigates some rather unusual yarnbombing activity in a seaside town…

Yarnbombing is to the public what marmite is to the tastebuds – you either love it or you hate it. But even if you’re not a fan, it’s very hard not to admire the creativity and originality behind every ‘bomb’.

Yarnbombing is the expression used to describe the sudden appearance of knitted or crocheted ‘graffiti’ which decorates ordinary, everyday items. From trees to bicycles, parks to piers, these unexpected pieces of art can pop up just about anywhere. And in most cases, their creators remain anonymous.

Over the past two years or so, Saltburn in North Yorkshire has been blown away by the creative concepts and ingenious impact left by yarnbombers known as ‘the Saltburn Yarn Stormers’. They’re behind some of the cleverest, most quirky and amusing examples of yarnbombing to date.

The pier at Saltburn is one of the biggest attractions of the seaside town, making it the perfect place for yarnbombers to ‘attack’ with their wacky ideas. Of course, the Saltburn Yarn Stormers are proud of their pier and want to entertain the happy holiday-goers by making it extra special, so they like adding their own unique touch to their beloved scenery.

With the start of The World Cup looming, The Stormers found their rising excitement too much to keep to themselves. So, very early on Saturday 24th May, they set about the latest in their long line of knitted novelties.

They’ve chosen to portray countries competing in the tournament through humorous knitted and stereotypical figures from around the world. The great Argentine Maradona poses for his ‘Hand of God’ goal, while a Geisha personifies Japan. A British bulldog and classic Mini take one for the British team, and footie players are both showing off and getting sent off all over the place.

Every section of this yarnbomb is intricately crafted in creating this wonderful masterpiece. It’s certainly something worth visiting Saltburn for, and something I’m sure they’ll be very proud of in World Cups to come.

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Football wouldn’t be football without a stylish W.A.G or two.

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Here a triumphant Spanish player celebrates victory in the 2010 World Cup…


How very British – a surburnt beach-goer waits for the World Cup to begin.

And here are some more brilliant yarnbomb creations from The Saltburn Yarn Stormers, from the past two years.

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loves changing her hair colour, buttons and the rain. As a relatively new knitter with an Interior Design background, she loves to make cushion covers using chunky yarn. Especially colourful ones.

Last updated: May 29th, 2014.

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