A donation bin outside the Hervey Bay Library for the Fraser Coast Regional Council's yarn bombing campaign.
A donation bin outside the Hervey Bay Library for the Fraser Coast Regional Council's yarn bombing campaign. Tracey Joynson

Donate acrylic yarn, old scarves, hats or pompoms to project

PASSIONATE individuals and community groups across the Fraser Coast are frantically knitting and crocheting to get ready for the inaugural Fraser Coast Christmas Yarn.

Councillor for Tourism and Regional Marketing Stuart Taylor said the goal of the Fraser Coast Christmas Yarn is to bring the community together and celebrate the Christmas spirit using the traditional crafts of knitting and crocheting to decorate the Maryborough City Hall Green and Hervey Bay Cultural Centre precinct. 

"Yarn sessions will be held once a month in the lead-up to the festive season in both cities," he said.
 
"Maryborough yarners will meet at the Heritage Market Day on the last Thursday of each month on the City Hall Green between 9am and 11:30am.

"Hervey Bay yarners will meet at the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre on the second Saturday of each month between 2pm and 4pm."

There are a number of ways to get involved:

  • Donate yarn by dropping it into the designated yarn donation bins at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough libraries
  • Start knitting and crocheting squares of any size and drop them into the designated yarn donation bins
  • Come along to the monthly community yarning sessions and join in the fun or learn how to master the art of knitting or crocheting
  • Volunteer to teach others at the yarning sessions


"We need as much acrylic yarn as possible to make a spectacular and festive community art display," Cr Taylor said. 

"We can only use acrylic yarn rather than wool as the colour can run and cause damage.

"We want to see businesses, school groups, aged care groups, knitting groups and everyone else in the community getting involved.

"Who knows - it could become an annual Fraser Coast event. 

"Even if you don't want to knit, donations of old scarves or hats or pompoms will be put to good use.

For more information, phone the council's community development team on 1300 794 929



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