YARN BLOOM: A Fiber Arts Display

a mental health awareness month project

Create a textile flower for a fun and colorful community art display celebrating the arrival of spring. 

This spring, the Arts Council and Princeton Public Library are participating in a community-wide event, “Yarn Bloom: A Fiber Arts Display”. This initiative of the Women of Princeton Employee Resource Group will be installed in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, to promote the benefits of yarn crafting on mental wellbeing.

Join a workshop or pick up a kit to help us cover our entrance with handmade crocheted or knitted items that celebrate spring: flowers, butterflies, lady bugs, bees, leaves, vines, etc.

How to participate

  • Knit at home and drop off your finished objects at the library before May 12. The collection basket is on the first floor of the library, near the Welcome Desk, along the stairs. This is a great stash buster project and the perfect way to use up those leftover bits. You can use any type of yarn and your finished objects can be any size. Keep in mind that these will be outside and exposed to spring weather, so the sturdier the better.

    • Think big! Scale up, double your yarn, use larger needles, anything that will make your creation more visible. Look for ideas in all the usual places (YouTube, Ravelry, Pinterest, etc).

  • Stop by the Library’s Welcome Desk on the first floor and ask for a Take, Make and Donate kit for the Yarn Bloom. Each kit will have a selection of yarn and simple patterns to make flowers, leaves, bugs, etc.

    • Kits and supplies for kids & teens are on the 3rd floor.

  • Attend a community workshop!
    • Wednesday, April 12 | 6:30-8pm at the Arts Council (Free RSVP)
    • Monday, April 24 | 10am-12pm at the Library (Free RSVP
    • Sunday, May 7 | 12-2pm at the Library (Free RSVP).

Some yarn and patterns (knit and crochet) available at each event, but only a limited supply of needles and hooks to use in-house, so please bring your own if you can. You can also bring your own yarn. Join us to share what you are working on and check out what others are creating!

The deadline for all completed items is May 12.

Happy crafting!