Knitting for History Yarn Bombing the DC-3

On August 11th, 2012, the Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective yarn bombed the DC-3 plane owned by the Yukon Transportation Museum.  This interactive art project was created in partnership with the Yukon Transportation Museum and the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery.  The idea for the project came from Casey McLaughlin, Director and Curator for the Yukon Transportation Museum and the project was taken on by the Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective. In four months the Yarn Bomb Yukon collective hosted over 35 workshops on how to knit, crochet and yarn bomb and over 100 people volunteered to knit, crochet and sew the yarn bomb together. The project was featured on CBC News program The National, the Toronto StarCBC HamiltonVancouver Sun, local, national  and international radio and television shows, blogs, and magazines, promoting fibre arts to thousands of people.

We did it! Yesterday was such an amazing day yarn bombing the DC-3. Thank you to everyone who made this project possible, my girls in the Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective Vanessa Corkal and Bree- An Lucas, our project partners Director/Curator Casey Lee and staff at the Yukon Transportation Museum and Gallery Director Mary Bradshaw and staff at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, our conservators Valery Monahan and Cathie Richie, architects at Northern Front Studio Mary Ellen Read and Stephen Clayton, staff at Nomad Air, our install crew from Ketza Construction, Amber Church and Tyler Khun for photographing the yarn bombs and for their awesome support, the Skill Share Festival, Fireweed Community Market, Atlin Arts and Music Festival and Riverside Arts Festival for allowing us to teach knitting and crochet and demonstrate yarn bombing, everyone who donated yarn and supplies from granny squares to blankets and everyone who came out to sit and stitch together the yarn bomb for the DC-3 and to help out and support us on during the install yesterday.

The DC-3 will only be covered for 10 days!  Once the project is complete, we’re donating the blankets to local charities.

We had over 200 people curious about the project and friends and family out to cheer us on.  We had press from the Whitehorse Star, Yukon News, CBC North and I just had an interview with CBC Hamilton this morning.

If you were at the install and have photos, we’d love it if you shared them with us.  Please email us or post on our facebook wall and twitter.

We started training at 8am sharp at the Yukon Transportation Museum.  Once we were trained to safely assitst with the install and work on a boom lift we were ready to go.  We divided into teams, two teams on a boom lift and the ground team installing the base and tying down the wings.

Installing the first part of the fuselage

Our ground team sewing together the base

Here I am, decked out in safety gear.

Here I am with my team Casey & Kyle on the boom lift

Here is Casey, myself and Mary with honorable Minister Taylor who was kind enough to stop by to chat and see how the install was going.

A crowd full of curious onlookers and supporters as we finish up securing the wings

Last step, securing the wing

Here’s the very proud Yarn Bomb Yukon Collective Bree-An Lucas on the right, myself (Jessica Vellenga) centre and Vanessa Corkal. I couldn’t have done it without you my friends, thanks for believing in me.

Here’s the DC-3 in all her yarn bombed glory. Once we released her from the security ropes she spun in a full circle, it felt like she was happy to show off.