How to Yarn Bomb a Plane
So just what does it take to yarn bomb a DC-3? Well a whole team of experts from many different backgrounds. As the DC-3 is a historic artifact, part of the Yukon Transportation Museum’s permanent collection, we’ve been working we’ve been working with the museum staff and board at Yukon Transportation Museum, the staff at Yukon Arts Centre, air craft engineers, industrial rental companies, architects, local and national conservation officers and of course, all of you wonderful knitters and crocheters out there who are contributing to the project.
Here at Yarn Bomb Yukon headquarters, we’ve been busy knitting, hosting workshops and sit and stitch nights, attending Mini Maker Faire Vancouver and other festivals to promote the project. We’re super excited to be attending the Atlin Arts and Music Festival this weekend. Stop by our booth to learn how to knit, crochet, and yarn bomb. More inf on their website
Once we had a willing team of professionals to help us, the first part of the project was to gather materials and to create a pattern. I knew I wanted to have a pattern that would consist of 4×6 foot blanket sized pieces, that way when we take the project apart, they can be donated to local charities. Based on that info, we worked with we worked with local architect, Mary Ellen Read to create a pattern for the DC-3. Here are her thoughts on the process:
“We started to draft out the piecework needed to cover the plane, and realized it would be better to model it, so we got a small scale die cast model of the DC-3, and used tiny pieces of paper to mock up the custom patterns. This was a much better approach, even with the small scale, than modelling 3D on the computer. Modelling it also began to show how specific colours or patterns could be mapped out with the knitted pieces. (We also like the idea of adding a pomp-pomp to the top of it..but we’ll leave that decision to the artistic director).
For us, this is a great chance to work with a creative team on a large scale installation. We are excited to see how the knitted pieces progress, and what happens when the random donations are patched together. Knitting is unlike any other building material, and we are excited about exploring it large scale on the DC-3.”
To view the pattern, check out our pattern page
Once we had the pattern, the next step was to promote the project on a local, national and international level. We set up our facebook page and our twitter account. The local media has been a great support. We’ve had articles in all the local papers here in Whitehorse and my hometown of Huntsville, Ontario, you can read them here and here. We’ve also been interviewed by CBC. Listen to the podcast ‘how to wrap a plane in wool’ here. A New Day, CBC North’s morning program, interviewed me about the project as well. Once the word got out, everyone else got knitting. We have over 50% of the blankets that we need. We have until July 23rd to gather all the materials we need and then we will sit and stitch the plane cozy together. On August 11th, we’ll cover the DC-3.