Watertown Strong Knit Graffiti Project

Photo of a large deciduous tree with colorful knit yarn covering the trunk.

Do you like crafting with your hands? Do you knit, crochet, or make other fiber arts? Would you like to show that work off in a public, community wide crafting display? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider participating in Watertown Free Public Library’s first ever Knit Graffiti project! 

The Library is going to decorate the large oak tree out front with a Knit Graffiti to beautify our public space and foster civic engagement. The theme of the Knit Graffiti is Watertown Strong, to encourage participants to create something that resembles why they are grateful for their Watertown Community during unprecedented times. 

Join a Knit Graffiti Class 

If you need ideas about what to make, or how to contribute, sign up for one of our Zoom webinars in June to get your gears turning! Contributions can be as simple or complex as you like – and in the end, they will all be put together for one large art display. Stronger, together! 

Drop Off Your Knitting

When you are finished with your part of the project, you can bring it to the library for contactless donation. There will be bins outside of the rear library doors on July 9th, July 30th, August 13th and August 31st. Please leave your completed crafted item(s) in the bins on your date of choice to be included in the final assembled project display.

More Information

Questions? Contact Emily: elevine@watertown-ma.gov

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Knit Graffiti? A Knit Graffiti, otherwise known as a “knit bomb” or “yarn bombing,” is a kind of street art that uses fiber arts to decorate and beautify public spaces. Anything can be decorated – benches, bike racks, trees, mailboxes, and the list goes on. We at the WFPL are decorating the oak tree out front. 

Where will the project be displayed?The project will be assembled to decorate the large Oak tree in the front of the WFPL on Main Street for high visibility. The project will go up in the early fall around mid September, and come down when it is not fit for display anymore.

When will the project go up for the town to enjoy? Crafting for the Watertown Strong Knit Graffiti will run through June, July, and August so that the final result can be assembled around mid September. The project will come down when it is no longer fit for display.

I have my completed contribution – how do I give it to the library? When you would like to contribute finished crafted items, please bring them to the library to donate on one of the dates specified. There will be bins outside of the rear library doors on July 9th, July 30th, August 13th, and August 31stplease leave your handicrafts in the bins for contactless donation. 

I want to contribute but need ideas – where can I go for that? Attend one of our Knit Graffiti seminars held in June and July for thoughts about coming up with something fun for your part of the crafting initiative. If you have something in progress you would like to show off, feel free to come as well! We will have a safe space to create together and talk about ideas. Follow the links below to sign up for a Zoom class:

Are you accepting donation of materials? At this time, we are no longer accepting donations for any kinds of crafting materials. Thank you!