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Graffiti Grannies

You don't have to be a Grannie to join The Graffiti Grannies!

The GG's are a group of locals who love knitting, crocheting and working with yarn and who have an interest in bringing colour, texture and creativity to the bay. 

The Graffiti Grannies work on a number of projects throughout the year that benefit both the local community and charities in the area and around Australia. 

If you would like to give yarnboming, knitting or crocheting a go, please come join The GG's at the Artslink Hall & stay up to date by joining their Facebook group. 

A small fee of $2 is charged to help support the groups amazing charity and community efforts by purchasing yarn and other essentials. 

The Graffiti Grannies, since their formation in 2013, have been involved in a number of community and charity projects including
  • Yarn Bombing at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
  • Crafted Reef Project
  • Over 50's Lifestyle Expo
  • Making Beanies for Cherbourg
  • Making Teddies for "Comfort Kit Bags" 
  • Making knee rugs for St. Stephen's Hospital

The Graffiti Grannies meet every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month 
Time: 9am to 12pm 
Fraser Coast Artslink Hall 
187 Bideford Street, Torquay QLD 4655 
Cost $2
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Calling all Yarnbombers!!

Knitters wanted for yarnbombing team!

If you can knit or crochet then the Fraser Coast needs you in its Yarnbombing team. Josie Street said ‘she wants to introduce the art of YarnBombing to the Fraser Coast. She has arranged with local community librarian Lou Collings to hold a monthly gathering at the Library in Old Maryborough Road Pialba with the first one this Saturday 24 February from 9am to 12 noon.

Yarnbombing is referred to as knitting graffiti, an urban ephemeral art that uses knitting and crochet to bring life and colour to community spaces It started as an underground movement and is now embraced by crochet and knitting artists of all ages, nationalities and genders through the world, Mrs Street said.

The goal of the Hervey Bay Graffiti Grannies is to bring our community together and celebrate the Christmas spirit using the traditional crafts of knitting and crocheting to decorate the Community Centre Old Maryborough Road Pialba and the walkway poles (for the first time) between Pialba Place and Big W.

Mrs Street said ‘ the group is excited to have been asked to decorate a section of the area between Pialba Place and Big W with a sea theme - the reef and jelly fish used in the major display at the community centre in 2016 will relive once again.’

The Graffiti Grannies, are working toward their next mammoth project which is the knitting and crocheting of thousands of poppies for November 2018 as well as ongoing projects such as the knitting of komfort bears for the childrens wards, beanies for cancer patients and hospital rugs for St Stephens Hospital.

The Hervey Bay yarners meet twice per month, Saturday mornings in Artslink's hall at the Arts & Craft Village Bideford Street Torquay (next to the football grounds).

There are a number of ways to get involved.

Donate yarn by dropping it off at the Arts & Craft Hall Monday mornings 9am to 12 noon or dropping it into the designated bins at the Hervey Bay Library, River Heads Community Hall, Urangan Community Centre, Hervey Bay Senior Citizens Centre. The bins are labeled for the Grannies Poppies Projects.

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Knitting and crocheting squares of any size and drop them into the designated yarn 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. Monday mornings at the hall is an opportunity to join in and to find more information about what this talented group is about.

Volunteer to teach others at the yarning sessions to be held at the library 24 Feb from 9am to 12 noon.

‘We need as much acrylic yarn, knitted and crochet squares as possible to make a spectacular and festive community art display for 2018” Josie said. ‘She wants to see more businesses, school groups, aged care groups, knitting groups and everyone else in the community getting involved.’

For more information please contact Josie on 0408 827 917
KIDDIES KOMFORT KITS.

Josie Street President of Fraser Coast Artslink and Graffiti Grannies presented last week to Trish Hummerston who is the founded of this program (mid 2016) She said ‘Trish has been volunteering her
time distributing the Kiddies Komfort Kits throughout Hervey Bay and Maryborough hospitals on a regular weekly basis.’

The bags are sewn together by volunteers and filled with items which have been handmade or purchased then donated. Items such as tooth paste, tooth brushes, rubber thongs, colouring in books and pencils were some of the items which were first included in the bags.

Due to the increased need of these Kits the Graffiti Grannies were approached and asked if they would like to knit small teddies to be included in the kits as an added gift to take the children’s minds off the reason they are in the hospital.

‘To date the Graffiti Grannies have presented Trish with 70 Knitted Teddies. Each one made with love, by hand, and with character all of it's own, Mrs Street said.
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Recruitment drive in Pialba Place Shopping Center
The Graffiti Grannies spent Wed. 7th and Thurs 8th of this month conducting a recruitment drive in Pialba Place Shopping Center with a very good response. 
We all enjoyed talking to members of the public who stopped to chat with us. Explanations were given, by the Graffiti Grannies members, of the projects we are currently working on. We had people offering to knit and/or crochet poppies, comfort bears and squares.
Donations of yarn were offered to is along with some donations given to us there and then. Very much appreciated. Cash donations of $20 was also received. 
The Graffiti Grannies would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stopped by to chat, expressed an interest in becoming involved and gave us a donation. Thank you. 

The time we spent in the centre was so encouraging and successful we are planning on doing it again within the very near future.
Josie Street 
The Graffiti Grannies

Yarn Bombing at Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Crafted Reef Project

Other Projects

Graffiti Grannies Out & About

GG's having fun at Bunnings BBQ, fundraising for their future craft projects! Fri 16th MARCH 2018.